Kahstoserakwathe Paulette Moore is an independent filmmaker, lecturer, artist and educator. Moore is Kanien’kehàka (Mohawk) and an enrolled member of Six Nations of the Grand River territory where she is based.
Moore is a founding member of The Aunties Dandelion: a relationship-centered collective formed with Karennaonwe Karen Hill. The Aunties Dandelion vision is to create an expansive human community. The Aunties Dandelion is a media/research center and a healing space – informed by traditional Onkwehon:we teachings with story sharing and healing narratives at the core. Key projects include The Aunties Dandelion podcast and our first collaborative film – now in production – called VeRONAka. This 10-minute film is a fictionalized version of the true story that our clan mothers gave Covid 19 a Mohawk name – so that we are able to respect the illness, understand why it is here and then invite it to leave.
Moore recently completed a series of films with Free Speech TV about the 2016/17 Standing Rock water protection actions and from 2017 – 2019 was an affiliated professor of Indigenous media and philosophy at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin
Moore spent two decades based in Washington DC working as a director, producer and writer with Discovery Channel, National Geographic, PBS, ABC and other media outlets. In 2004 she began making community-based films as Shenandoah University’s filmmaker-in-residence in Winchester, Virginia. Her 2007 film Wit, Will and Walls documents the history of desegregation in the Shenandoah Valley and has been used extensively to facilitate dialogue about race. In 2009 Moore began work as an associate professor of media arts and peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. There, she collaborated with students to create To Wisconsin with Love: a film about Ojibwe resistance and envisioning in response to what would have been the world’s largest open-pit taconite mine.
In 2016 Moore collaborated with Northland College (Ashland, WI) students to create From Wisconsin with Love – which focuses on spiritual, economic and legal aspects of the act of harvest from the perspective of Ojibwe prophecy. Her work often features art pieces linked to her films including several incarnations of a collaborative community embroidery project.
Moore is a student at Onkwawenna Kentsyohkwa – a two-year Kanien’keha adult language immersion program at Six Nations. Moore is a PhD candidate in Continental and Haudenosaunee philosophy with European Graduate School based in Saas Fee, Switzerland.