Prayers on the Prairie: Asian-Pacific Minnesotan Religious Practices, an orginal documentary jointly produced by the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans and the Minnesota Humanities Center will air on SPNN this November and December. This project is funded with money from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
Asian-Pacific Americans make up 4% of Minnesota’s population (210,000 per Census 2010). Minnesota is home to the largest Tibetan, Karen, and urban Hmong communities in the United States. They are small in numbers, and they are an important part of Minnesota. Their stories and history are Minnesota’s stories and history. They share in many of the same values and traditions that make Minnesota great. And they are also different – the biggest difference being religion. While many Asian-Pacific Minnesotans have strong Christian traditions and church communities, others have different religious traditions that are too little known and understood by others.
Prayers on the Prairie: Asian-Pacific Minnesotan Religious Practices is an attempt at bridging this gap in knowledge and understanding. The project features an educational documentary and accompanying Informational Booklet. The documentary features segments detailing five religious traditions of Asian-Pacific Minnesotans: Ancestral Worship, Animism and Hmong Shamanism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. The segments introduce and draw on the experience and expertise of experts and practitioners describing how differing religious communities are able to thrive, practice, and live out their religious tenants in the land of blue skies, prairie lands, and 10,000 lakes. The Informational Booklet supplements the documentary by providing background information and, in some cases, further illuminations on some of the tenants of the religions.
The program is scheduled on Channel 14 in St. Paul, the multi-faith channel.
The initial playback dates are:
- 11/29/2011 1:00 pm CH14
- 12/1/2011 2:30 pm CH14
- 12/4/2011 9:00 am CH14
- 12/4/2011 2:30 pm CH14
- 12/10/2011 8:00 am CH14
If you would like more information or copies of the DVD and an Informational Booklet please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org