"Meeting God" and "Ngiiwe" of 'Shaping Narratives' nominated for Emmy

June 01, 2021

"Meeting God" and "Ngiiwe" of 'Shaping Narratives' nominated for Emmy

“Meeting God” and “Ngiiwe”, two of the episode from the “Shaping Narratives” program which first aired in January 2020 are among the 43rd Annual Emmy Nominees through the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Andrea Riley-Mukavetz (assistant professor, IRIS, and program coordinator, ITC) and Melanie Shell-Weiss  (Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department chair) partnered on this project which was supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The program was led by co-principal investigators Mariano Avila and Steven Chappell (WGVU) and produced/filmed by Mallory Patterson and Randy Strobl of Wrinkle Creative. “Meeting God” was nominated in the “Historical/Cultural – Long Form Content” category. “Nigiiwe” was nominated in the “Human Interest – Long Form Content” category.
“Ngiiwe” focuses on GVSU and Brooks College alum Belinda “Lin” Bardwell’s (BA in Liberal Studies ’14 , MPA, ’17)  search as an urban Native American in Grand Rapids to reclaim the relationships and traditions of her ancestors, following her as she visits the Native Food Summit, to her tribe’s farm, and a powwow. “Meeting God” follows Rishi Makkar, a regular partner in Kaufman Institute and Religious Studies Program work, as he introduces Lin to Sikh beliefs, history, and culture on an immersive trip to a Gurdwara in London. IRIS Department Chair Melanie Shell-Weiss shared "It was such an honor and a privilege to be a part of this amazing project."
Winners will be announced in the Emmy Awards Ceremony on June 19, 2021.


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