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AMERICA REFRAMED: Daughter of a Lost Bird

April and Kendra meet for the first time at The Grove in Portland, Ore.
Courtesy of Brooke Swaney (c)
April and Kendra meet for the first time at The Grove in Portland, Ore.

Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 11 p.m. on KPBS 2

Kendra, a Native adoptee, grew up assimilated in a loving, upper middle-class white family with little connection to her heritage. Now, as an adult with a family of her own, she embarks on a seven year journey to find her biological mother, April, and return to her Lummi homeland.

Daughter of a Lost Bird | Trailer

Together, Kendra and April, also a Native adoptee, navigate what it means to be Native and to belong to a tribe from the outside looking in. "Daughter of a Lost Bird" documents the complex process of finding oneself in the context of a history filled with both trauma and resiliency.

Daughter of a Lost Bird | Dear Birth Mother

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Daughter of a Lost Bird | Indigenous Adoption

Credits:

A co-production of Same Land Film and Vision Maker Media. Director / Producer Brooke Pepion Swaney. Producer: Kendra Mylnechuk Potter. Producer: Jeri Rafter. Executive Producer: Gita Saedi Kiely. Composer: Laura Ortman. Impact Producer: Colleen Thurston. Editor: Kristen Swanbeck. Director of Photography: Zelmira Gainza.

Kendra, daughter Sukha, and mom Sandy, and share a moment before April and her family meet them for the first time in Lake Oswego, Ore.
Courtesy of Brooke Swaney (c)
Kendra, daughter Sukha, and mom Sandy, and share a moment before April and her family meet them for the first time in Lake Oswego, Ore.