About this project
Professor Triloki Nath Pandey inspires and transforms the lives of countless students. But he owes much to the Zuni Tribe of New Mexico, whose destiny has been indelibly shaped by his work.
Against all odds, he forces the United States to recognize the Zuni way of life and pay for the injustices they perpetrated. Using his anthropological expertise, Pandey demonstrates that oral tradition is a legitimate form of evidence.
Loki’s story begins in India, where, coming out of a small village, he carries nothing but his father’s words: “No matter how successful you become, remember where you came from.” That sage advice guides Loki’s life: as a doctoral student at the University of Chicago’s famed anthropology department, during his years of living with the Zuni Tribe of New Mexico, and throughout his decades of teaching at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Loki's accomplishments are far-reaching: an exemplary scholar, an expert whose court testimony wins the Zuni $50 million in settlements, and a beloved, award-winning, professor, who students revere.
This heartwarming film introduces you to one of the great teachers and humanists of America, and the wisdom he offers to all of us.
We want to share Professor Pandey’s inspirational life story with the viewing public.
We aim to secure a deal with an educational film distributor so that India Zuni Man will be available to schools as well as the public.
WHAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED: We have completed filming in Varanasi, India; Zuni, New Mexico; Chicago, Illinois; and Santa Cruz, California.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Your support will help us finish India Zuni Man. Our goal of $50,000 will go toward the following:
Archival footage, photos, and maps
Permissions for music
Risks and challenges
We hope to get the film finished by the end of the year in honor of Loki's retirement from teaching. However, editing can be an expensive and time consuming process, but with all of your support, we believe that we can achieve this goal and hope to be finishing up editing by the end of December 2015.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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