This collection currently contains This release includes videos totalling roughly hours. It too contains many videos relating to indigenous peoples around the world, a few of which are listed under Native American Documentary Films. Be sure to check this resource as well if you are interested in streaming videos about Native Americans in Canada and Latin America.
A few examples include:. Covers both books and journal articles. The Catalog includes information about productions, the mediamakers and actors who created them, and the film and media organizations that support their creation. Alcatraz is Not an Island. American Cowboys. Broken Rainbow. The Buffalo War.
Choctaw Code Talkers. Coming to light : Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians. Crazy Horse - The Last Warrior. Dead reckoning : Champlain in America. Don't get sick after June : American Indian healthcare. The Exiles. Fry Bread Babes. Geronimo and the Apache Resistance.
A Good Day to Die. Half of Anything. Harold of Orange. Last Stand at Little Big Horn. The Long Walk : Tears of the Navajo. Miss Navajo. Native Americans : a tribute. On Sacred Ground. Playing for the World. Pocahontas : Ambassador of the New World. Reel Injun. Romance of a Vanishing Race. Sitting Bull - Chief of the Lakota Nation. The Thick Dark Fog. A Thousand Roads. The Trail of Tears. Cherokee Legacy. Transitions : Destruction of the Mother Tongue. The War That Made America.
Without reservations : notes on racism in Montana. The world of American Indian dance. Movies can be checked out unless reserved for a class. In 6 Generations, her family reaches back to the days the Spanish arrived in Santa Barbara and made first contact. Ernestine tells this history from the perspective of her female ancestors, making her a unique link with the past Famous anthropologist John Peabody Harrington, whose work focused on native peoples of California, started research with her family in and continued with three generations for nearly 50 years.
This inspired Ernestine's mother to begin taking notes and, combined with mission records which survived intact from the late s , they form the heart of this story. Because of these circumstances, her story, possible only in California, is unique in America. The impact of loss of land, language, culture and life itself is made all the more clear as this story is told in Native American voices, who describe the events as they experienced them.
Ultimately, it is a story of survival and the fierce endurance of Ernestine's ancestors, particularly the women. A companion book is also available in the Main Library stacks. Across the Americas : Indigenous Perspectives. Streaming video via Kanopy. In preparation for the Columbus Quincentennial, Native men and women came to the highlands of Ecuador to take part in the First Continental Conference of Indigenous Peoples.
Columbus Didn't Discover Us features interviews with participants, filmed at this historic gathering, representing a wide spectrum of Indian nations from North, South, and Central America. This documentary is a moving testimony about the impact of the Columbus legacy on the lives of indigenous peoples from across the hemisphere. Native people speak about the devastation of their cultures resulting from the "European Invasion," contemporary struggles over land and human rights, the importance of reviving spiritual traditions, and the need to alert the world to the environmental crises threatening the survival of the planet.
Columbus Didn't Discover Us is an essential primer for understanding the Columbus legacy — past and present — from an indigenous point of view. Arctic to Amazonia the second film From the Arctic to the Amazon, much of our world's fragile ecosystem is at risk. Multinational corporations and government development projects often engage in practices which threaten not only the environment, but the survival of indigenous cultures.
To discuss this growing problem, representatives of Native communities from around the world came to Smith College to attend the week-long Arctic to Amazonia Tribal Lands Conference. Arctic to Amazonia features Native activists from North and South America presenting first-hand information on the impact of industrial development upon their land and cultures. They review the history of European colonization in the Americas, critique destructive patterns of consumerism, and contrast indigenous perspectives on the environment with corporate world views.
In excerpts from speeches presented at the conference, indigenous representatives talk about the struggles of Native communities to protect their land against ecological destruction. These battles range from northern Quebec, where the Cree and Inuit peoples are fighting massive hydro-dam projects, to Arizona, where the Havasupai oppose plans to mine uranium near the Grand Canyon, to the Brazilian jungles, where numerous Amazonian peoples have won important victories in the campaign to protect the tropical rain forest.
As the threat of global environmental disaster looms over us, mainstream society can learn much from Native peoples.
Arctic to Amazonia is an effective catalyst for discussion of environmental issues from an indigenous perspective. Across the Creek. Lincoln, Nebraska : Vision Maker Media, Streaming Video available from Kanopy. In the face of unfathomable challenges, they are taking steps to better their lives. These words seem at odds with appearances on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations, with their broken-down villages, deadly addictions and the sense of hopelessness In Across the Creek, everyday heroes are turning around negative history and reclaiming traditional stories, visions and core values that once effectively guided healthy, productive tribal life.
With few visible examples of positive action, the most powerful strategy is just walking the talk. Or, put another way, by crossing the creek. After the Mayflower. In , Massasoit, sachem of the Wampanoags of New England negotiated a treaty with Pilgrim settlers. A half-century later, as a brutal war flared between the English and a confederation of Indians, this diplomatic gamble seemed to have been a grave miscalculation. Directed by Chris Eyre. Part of the We Shall Remain package. Fortier ; writers, James M. Government Indian policy and programs, and how it forever changed the way Native Americans viewed themselves, their culture and their sovereign rights.
Among the many people interviewed are occupation leaders John Trudell, Dr. Associate Producer and Historical Consultant Dr. Also included in the documentary is an abundance of historical photos by Michelle Vignes and Ilka Hartmann and archival 16 mm footage —— much of which has never been seen by the public. More information. From indentured servitude and isolated internment camps, to Congress and the White House, this is the incredible story of the Aleuts' decades-long struggle for human and civil rights.
Narrated by Martin Sheen and original music score by Composer Alan Koshiyama, the program draws compelling parallels to the present, as our country grapples with the challenging question of the balance between civil liberties and national security. This documentary reveals the glory of being the best, the frustration of being ignored, and the rewards for not giving up on a dream. Hosted by legendary Native American comedian Charlie Hill, this special showcases the best of the Native American Indian comedians performing today.
This week, Bill speaks with Robert A. Williams Jr. American Outrage. Oley, PA : Bullfrog Films, This movie asks why the United States government has spent millions persecuting and prosecuting two elderly women grazing a few hundred horses and cows in a desolate desert? The Dann sisters say the real reason is the resources hidden below this seemingly barren land, their Mother Earth.
Western Shoshone land is the second largest gold producing area in the world. These were the pyramids and effigy earthenworks by the Mound Building Cultures of the eastern half of the United States. This is the story of the year Native American tradition that culminated with the construction of cities rivaling any on the planet when Columbus landed in the New World. The program begins with a look at the arrival of the first Native Americans to the North American continent after the retreat of the glaciers 12, years ago.
Viewers will then examine an archeological site in Louisiana, where ancient hunter gatherers built their own city, and learn about the Woodland Mound Builders and the Mississippian Mound Building culture. Program includes a teacher's guide along with a timeline, maps and quizzes.
A52 Videocassette : This series looks at America before the arrival of the Europeans, discussing Native American peoples and cultures. In "Indians of the Northwest," the totem pole is explained. Ancient Pueblo People : the Anasazi. Library Video Company, These are the cities of the Anasazi, the ancient Pueblo people of the four corners region of the western United States. Their history is the history how a civilization, against all odds, became so successful at agriculture they were able to produce a leisure society capable of not only building these incredible cities, but also producing some of the greatest pottery, rock art and trading networks the world has ever seen.
How the Anasazi did this with a social organization not governed by kings or queens or other hierarchical rulers is one of the great mysteries of ancient history. Viewers will learn about the rise of the maize culture that enabled the Anasazi to become skilled artisans and builders of North America's most distinctive buildings prior to the arrival of European colonists. The program explores the architecture of Anasazi buildings and look at how, in the absence of written records, these structures are evidence of this culture's remarkable accomplishments and social structure.
Documentary Educational Resources, Development is supposed to signify advancement--the bettering of a condition--but to indigenous peoples of the world, development has caused the exact opposite. The presenters in the video illuminate the need for reassessment of present-day technology, as its effects are not only limited to indigenous peoples, but will impact the whole world.
The Standing Rock Tribe and people all over the world oppose the project because the pipeline runs under the Missouri river, a source of drinking water for over 18 million people, and pipeline leaks are commonplace. Since over 3, oil spills and leaks have been reported Moving from summer , when demonstrations over the Dakota Access Pipeline's demolishing of sacred Native burial grounds began, to the current and disheartening pipeline status, AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock is a powerful visual poem in three parts that uncovers complex hidden truths with simplicity. The Water Protectors at Standing Rock captured world attention through their peaceful resistance.
The film documents the story of Native-led defiance that has forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. It asks: 'Are you ready to join the fight? Before Columbus. Princeton, N. B43 Videocassette : This series of programs presents the other side of the "discovery" saga as the native peoples of the Americas tell their own story of the destruction of their culture and their lands and of their growing efforts to fight back. Available for Rental from Vimeo. The films take viewers to the front lines of the protests on the North Dakota plains and also investigates the ongoing legal struggle behind the protests.
Utah lawmakers want President Trump to overturn the designation of the new monument, while a coalition of tribes argues for collaborative management of monument lands. But Meriwether Lewis had not yet accomplished a mission from Thomas Jefferson, which would take him into the heart of Blackfeet country in what is now Montana and force him into the expedition's only life-or-death encounter with a party of Blackfeet Indians. Not only did this chance confrontation put a new perspective on a peaceful expedition, it impacted the fate of the Blackfeet people forever.
A Blackfeet Encounter uncovers the rich Blackfeet history and culture, traces the aftermath of the expedition's arrival and illustrates the challenges and triumphs of the Blackfeet people today. Dallas, Tex. Perhaps the two most misunderstood and mistreated of minorities, Native and African peoples have often shared a common past.
Yet today they are all but invisible-their heritage ignored, unknown and frequently denied by most Americans, many Native- and African- Americans and sometimes by Black Indians themselves. The video features interviews with Black Indians from many tribes including Narragansetts, Pequots, Seminoles, Cherokees and others who discuss such issues as blood versus culture, detribalization, and personal identity in an increasingly multicultural world.
B56 Videocassette : Steve Jones investigates what constitutes Native American blood, then follows three individuals as they use DNA matching of a female gene in an attempt to confirm a genetic link between themselves and their Pequot ancestors. In doing so, it also provides an excellent survey of American Indian archaeology in the U. The bones have become the central issue in a war of ideas that pits scientists, historians, and museum curators against many Native American groups. Is the analysis of the bones valid scientific research, or is it a desecration of Native American culture?
This program provides an even-handed examination of the situation, and also provides an excellent survey of American Indian archaeology in the U. It documents the impact of a law signed by President Ford on a ski vacation that forced relocation of thousands of Navajo from their tribal land.
The reason? There was hundreds of millions of dollars of coal, natural gas, and oil in that land and therefore the needs of the Navajo were irrelevant in light of the outrageous profits that could be made Broken Rainbow bears witness to the machinations of energy companies and their government proxies as they eagerly cast aside the peaceful Navajo to make way for oil, gas, uranium and coal exploration. In their own words, elders and outside experts discuss the rich culture and the history of the Navajo as well as their close friends and neighbors the Hopi.
The film follows these Native Americans as they take their protest to Congress and join with the militant American Indian Movement, turning their tragedy into acts of heroic resistance. Beautifully photographed and scored, the film captures the sweeping majesty of sacred Native American lands and the people who inhabit them. Narrated by Emmy-winning actor Martin Sheen, Broken Rainbow compassionately illuminates a modern Trail of Tears, giving voice to the conflicts faced by indigenous peoples who struggle to survive in the face of Western imperatives.
Musser, this film and others shot on the same day featured Native American Indian dancers from Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, and constitutes the American Indian's first appearance before a motion picture camera. Oley, Penn. Yellowstone National Park bison that stray from the park in winter are routinely rounded up and sent to slaughter by agents of Montana's Department of Livestock, who fear the migrating animals will transmit the disease brucellosis to cattle, despite the federal Department of Agriculture's urging that this is unlikely This film explores the controversial killing by joining a mile spiritual march across Montana by Lakota Sioux Indians who object to the slaughter.
Led by Lakota elder Rosalie Little Thunder, the marchers express their cultural connection to bison and display the power of tradition and sacrifice Woven into the film is the civil disobedience and video activism of an environmental group trying to save the buffalo, as well as the concerns of a ranching family caught in the crossfire. Executive Producer: Allen Pastron. After running away from the school and becoming ensnared in the juvenile justice system, she was forced into marriage by a parole officer at eighteen, then labored as a migrant worker. In the s, when Ella was 44, she protested for weeks to stop the destruction of a Native American cemetery site and dedicated her life to preserving her heritage After two decades of working on endangered construction sites to oversee and protect Native American burial grounds, Ella obtained an informal but comprehensive education about her ancestors.
In the process, she connected with her painful personal past as she unearthed troubling official documents relating to her youth. California's Lost Tribes. Jed Riffe Films, Streaming video via Kanopy : The Supreme Court decision to open up Indian gaming nationwide had a dramatic economic impact on the lives of California's Indian tribes much like the occupation of Alcatraz Island had on their cultural identities. In a few short years, California Indians went from being the poorest people in the state to among the richest, and from being virtually invisible to being the state's most powerful political lobby For the Cabazon and Morongo tribes of Southern California, the plaintiffs in the landmark Supreme Court case, the wealth they have achieved through gambling casinos was unimaginable twenty years ago.
Years of excruciating poverty have not been lost on three-time chairwoman Mary Ann Andreas of the Morongo tribe, whose reservation is near Palm Springs. As she remembers the dirt floor shack of her childhood, it would have been impossible to imagine the wealth and influence the tribe now holds.
For Viejas tribal Chairman Anthony Pico, the abundance of today harks back to the times before contact with Europeans But even as some Native peoples prosper, the state wants to charge a gaming tax, which would be much greater than the standard corporate rate, a challenge to the newly found abundance of California's tribes. For Chairman Wayne Mitchum of the Colusa Tribe of Wintu, the largest employer in Colusa county, income from gaming has made possible the opening of the only dialysis center to service both native and non-native populations in the county.
If Governor Schwarzenegger succeeds in raising gaming taxes, the dialysis center and the tribal-funded Wellness Center may be closed The film examines the historical underpinnings of tribal sovereignty and the evolution of tribal gaming rights over the last 30 years. It illustrates the impact of gaming on Indian self-determination, and the challenges that Native people face in insuring that their newly found prosperity will be there for future generations.
The film also provides insight into the thinking and motivation of those who oppose the expansion of Indian gaming. Concern over gaming is especially heightened by the development of rural lands for casinos, often placing tribes at odds with organic farmers and tract-home developers as stakes are claimed in the rush for the state's last rural lands. Camp Forgotten includes interviews with over a dozen CCC members who vividly describe life in camp and how the experience changed their lives. Combining archival footage and photographs with location cinematography of CCC-built structures, this timeless program tells the dramatic story of how young men discovered their potential as productive citizens while restoring Michigan's devasted wilderness.
It does not just deal with the past misdeeds that the United States government committed against Indian peoples, but it also deals with current affairs in the 20th and 21st centuries such as life, poverty, and suicide rates on Indian reservations. In doing so, it effectively shows that the abuses against them are not just a thing of the past; they are happening now. Featuring interviews with the leading scholars and experts on Indian issues including controversial author Ward Churchill, the film brings together the past and present in a way never before captured so eloquently and boldly on film The grim legacy of America's treatment of its native peoples is explored in detail in this documentary.
Filmmakers Robin Davey and Yellow Thunder Woman take the perspective that if one is to define "genocide" as the a deliberate effort by a government to exterminate a people, then the United States is clearly guilty of the crime given their actions against America's indigenous population over the past years. Davey and Thunder Woman back up their argument with footage detailing the economic marginalization of American Indians, the consistent violation of legal agreements reached with native tribes, the mismanagement and consistent neglect of Indian reservations, the brutalization of Native Americans as they were segregated onto flinty soil and forced to live under substandard conditions, and the refusal of the mass media to report stories of suicide and Columbine-style school shootings among reservation youth.
YouTube Trailer. Also available at least for the moment from Vimeo. V47 C37 VideoDVD : "Does Hollywood's portrayal of villains reinforce racial stereotypes or does the industry give the public what it wants? This program explores the history of film's ethnic 'bad guy,' looking at sociopolitical and economic forces that create, perpetuate, and rehabilitate these characters. Special attention is paid to current depictions of Muslims onscreen [along with an historical survey of film depictions of African-Americans, Asians, and Native Americans].
A wide range of ilm clips from 'Birth of a Nation' to 'The Sopranos' provides many examples, along with commentary from critics, directors and actors The inspiration for the film comes from the First Nations survivors who have taken legal action against the institutions that perpetuated this destructive cycle; these are the very same institutions whose purpose and mandate was to "provide" for their well being. This video takes a historical look at how the systematic removal of First Nations children from their families and community not only made the them easy targets for pedophiles but also how these vile acts turned many of the victims into predators.
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The second half shows First Nations peoples taking legal action against not only the pedophiles, but also against the Canadian government and churches while at the same time using their traditional ways of healing in order to bring back joy and balance back within their own lives and also within their communities. Available as streaming video to the MSU Community as part of Ethnographic Video Online : In the kingdoms and fiefdom of Europe, it was called the year of our lord No one knows what the year was called here, or if it was called anything at all.
In Europe in AD the people lived in wooden hovels in isolated villages and towns. Here in that same year the finishing touches were being put to some of the most spectacular masonry buildings ever constructed by man. Integrated townships with places of worship and work, debate and playing. This is the most famous of those townships Pueblo Bonito, beautiful town. The name given it by its discoverers, more than years after its people abandoned it.
In the territory that was to become, New Mexico. Pueblo Bonito is just one of a dozen large buildings in the shallow canyon 15 miles long and mile or so across Chaco Canyon. Yet the people of Chaco spread far beyond the Canyon itself, holding sway over a region of 40, square miles. Establishing perhaps a hundred outlying townships linked by skillfully engineered roads and a system of long distance communication.
All this years ago, in an environment so arid it supports almost no one today. The full achievement of the Chaco people is only now being appreciated by archeologists. And why abruptly it faded and disappeared. Berkeley, CA : Berkeley Media, Streaming video via Alexander Street Press : This unique and engaging documentary explores the extraordinary diversity and profound contemporary relevance of Native American storytelling. A feast for the eyes, ears, and mind, the film presents eight varied stories from the four directions and seasons. The collection includes "How and Why" stories, teachings from Spirit mentors, lessons in traditional ways, and instructions for environmental preservation.
Turtle Mountain Chippewa , who introduces the stories and places each in the larger context of Native cultural and spiritual traditions. Loosely based on the award-winning PBS multimedia web site, the film presents many stories not available there and provides a rich and emotionally compelling viewer experience not possible on other media. Each segment in this collection of stories has a different style, depending on its content and original storytelling format. Some are filmed and edited in a lively documentary style and some are vibrant dramatic performances.
The storytellers also relate why they tell stories, how they learned them, and the importance of the stories to themselves and their audiences. Among the stories is, from the North, Rosella Goodwill Archdale's tale "The Cooking Spirit," a lesson in preparing traditional foods with reverence. In a documentary verite segment, Rosella presents the exquisite fruits of her year-round labor -- dried mint, squash, corn, beans and venison. While describing traditional methods of food production, storage, and preparation, she demonstrates how a simple meal is deeply imbued with a connection to spirit.
She also talks about the role traditional food can play in the health and vitality of her people. In another short segment, Rosella also shows her skill with beadwork and talks about the symbolism and social importance of beading. From the East, Tchin tells an amusing and lighthearted story called "The Rainbow," the tale of how the earth's colorful flowers came to be.
The story is a lively performance, complete with props and vivid storytelling drama. In an interview, Tchin talks incisively about cultural identity, growing up with segregation, and finding his own voice. He also tells an amusing and cautionary "Animal How" story, explaining how Rabbit got long ears and a short tail. From the South, Hoskie Benally, Jr. Hoskie comes from a long line of traditional healers, but did not find his own calling until he went blind and subsequently became an alcoholic.
Now recovered for many years, he is committed to helping drug- and alcohol-dependent Native youth from all areas of the country. He believes that a strong sense of identity and a cultural foundation is vital for true healing. He also tells a sacred story titled "The Four Waters. From the West come poignant stories from Corbin Harney, a renowned Western Shoshone traditional healer and noted anti-nuclear activist. Filmed before his passing, Corbin offers songs to heal and connect with Mother Earth, and sings a Song for the Water in a dawn ceremony near Death Valley, California.
He speaks about ceremonies for all living things and teaches that all people, Native and non-Native alike, need to love and celebrate nature. He also tells a riveting true story about meeting a bear in the woods and what he learned from that encounter. In addition to the eight stories in the main minute film, the DVD contains 35 minutes of extras, including at least one additional story from each of the storytellers. Circle of Stories is a memorable cultural portrait that will engage and hold the attention of today's multimedia-age students.
Library of Michigan Audiovisual Collection E C6 C53 : Tells that the word Anishinabe means "original people," and that it is the name adopted by the Ojibwa Indian tribes of the Lake Superior Region. Describes the clan system of the Ojibwa, covering what clans are, the origins of the various Ojibwa clans, what it means to be a clan member, what the animal symbols of clans represent, and the significance of totems.
Located at sea level, La Push lies directly in a flood and tsunami zone. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how the Quileute tribe is adapting to new climate challenges. A fictionalized version of the tribe is featured in the 'Twilight' series. Following the stories of four women, she reveals the exclusionary attitudes that divide the community and many others like it across Canada. Deer traces the roots of the problem, from the advent of the highly discriminatory Indian Act through the controversy of Bill C31, up to the present day, where membership on the reserve is determined by a council of Mohawk elders, whose rulings often appear inconsistent.
And with her own home as a poignant case study, she raises a difficult question faced by people of many ethnicities across the world: What roles do bloodline and culture play in determining identity? Peterson ; directed by Bennie Klain. C VideoDVD : Since , the Denver Italian-American community has proudly and publicly celebrated Columbus Day with a revived parade -- long a part of the city's history -- much to the dismay of the local American Indian Movement chapter who are equally determined to vilify the man credited with 'discovering' America.
The history of this annual parade is peppered with both verbal and physical violence, challenging ideas of political correctness and freedom of assembly. Both the Italian and Native Americans are strong, vibrant, tight-knit communities, a point conveyed by the film as it uncovers conflicting notions of the freedom of speech, the interpretation of history and what it means to be an American Navajo filmmaker Bennie Klain takes viewers into this very personal yet very public conflict, asking tough questions about identity and history in America.
Streaming video via Kanopy : The th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's historic voyage to America also marked years of survival by indigenous people throughout the Americas, whose way of life was fundamentally changed by the European landing Columbus Didn't Discover Us features interviews with participants, filmed at this historic gathering, representing a wide spectrum of Indian nations from North, South, and Central America Native people speak about the devastation of their cultures resulting from the "European Invasion," contemporary struggles over land and human rights, the importance of reviving spiritual traditions, and the need to alert the world to the environmental crises threatening the survival of the planet Columbus Didn't Discover Us is an essential primer for understanding the Columbus legacy -- past and present -- from an indigenous point of view.
C Videocassette : A satire on the controversy surrounding Christopher Columbus as to whether he, indeed, did discover America and introduce European civilization and Christianity to the native populations there, or if he from the Native American point of view invaded their territories and began the systematic destruction of their cultures that has continued for the following years.
Set in the context of a trial presided over by a woman judge of Hispano-American descent. Performed by the comedy troupe, Culture Clash. Curtis was a driven, pioneer photographer who set out in to document traditional Indian life. He became the most famous photographer of his time and created an enormous body of work. This film tells the dramatic story of Curtis' life, his work, and his changing views of the people he set out to document. Native Americans who are using his photographs for cultural preservation respond to the pictures, tell stories about the people in the photographs and discuss the meaning of the images.
A sweeping saga of bravery, cruelty and pure folly, these are the stories of adventurers who stopped at nothing to conquer an unknown land and its peoples. Led by legendary cities of gold and mythical passages to China, foiled by international intrigue and mutiny on the high seas, men like Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, Henry Hudson, Jean Ribault, and Vitus Bering left an indelible mark on a vast new continent.
Expert commentary and vivid on-site re-enactments complete this epic course in history. The exploration of the America's by Spanish soldier-explorers, and the experiences and tragedies they had once there. In spite of every effort by the U. They continue to live on their ancestors' land in what is now southeastern Montana, but like tribes everywhere, the Crows' future is a high-risk gamble This film brings the past into the present by focusing on the life of Robert Yellowtail, a year old tribal leader whose courage and brilliance saved Crow lands and traditions.
At four, Yellowtail was taken from his mother and sent to boarding school where it was forbidden to even speak Crow. He went on to teach himself law, and in began a seven-year battle before the U. Senate to save Crow lands. He succeeded and went on to spend 60 years shaping the course of the Crow tribe. The first Indian appointed Bureau of Indian Affairs superintendent of his own tribe, Yellowtail used federal funds to restore traditions and bring back the buffalo.
In his eighties, he was called on to unite and advise the tribe on the critical issue of coal development. Even today, Yellowtail speaks out for tribal autonomy and economic rehabilitation Intimate ceremonies, never before filmed, demonstrate the spiritual strength and ties to the lands that sustain the Crow people. The filmmakers spent three years with the Crows filming Contrary Warriors. The result is a moving, intimate film that reveals Crow life and history from the inside.
North Amherst, Mass. His efforts to educate others often end in frustration, and a lousy tip. Based on his own experiences encountering skewed perceptions and depictions of his people. Redroad's story blends humor and rage and information. Clips from movie westerns help make his point. See trailer. His death marked the end of an era. He earned a place in legend and signed his own death warrant for his role in Custer's last stand.
Leading historians and elders of his Sioux tribe offer their take on his life and legend, while period accounts, art and artifacts show the fervor that marked his pursuit and capture by U. Join BIORAPHY for a stirring profile of a noble warrior who gave everything he had in a desperate and futile struggle to preserve the freedom and dignity of his people. Payne ; written by James D. Today, the town is divided by fears of serious health risks, environmental politics, civic pride and old racial tensions between the Quapaw people and the non-Indian community who share the town.
Rarely do you hear the state of Minnesota mentioned. And yet, a series of pitched battles between whites and the Dakota Sioux raged in Minnesota during the 's.
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Hundreds of white settlers were killed and many more fled Minnesota in fear of their lives. Like all other conflicts between the white encroachers and the Native Americans, it ended with a total white victory, destruction of most of the Dakota nation and another blot on the history of the United States. Vintage photographs and readings from the newspapers and diaries of the day help recreate what happened in the fateful year of It is a tragedy from several perspectives, there is the usual white greed and duplicity, and promises made to the Dakota were routinely broken.
When well meaning people on both sides tried to find common ground, they were ignored or swept away. Once the fighting was over, 38 Dakotas were simultaneously executed in the largest mass execution ever carried out in the United States. That group included a Dakota who had risked his life to protect some white settlers from being killed by his fellow Dakotas. The order for the execution was signed by then President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln tried to find a middle ground between the white hysteria that demanded the extermination of the Dakota and treating the captured Sioux as enemy combatants.
In the end, he settled on these executions as a form of political compromise. In the end, a large group of Dakota warriors chose to die fighting rather than slowly die due to economic and cultural strangulation. This is their story that must be remembered, even though it generally is not. D34 Videocassette : This documentary, sequel to The Dakota Conflict, traces the paths of Dakota prisoners and refugees. Through the words of Dakota elders and tribal historians it tells of the struggle to remain Dakota in the face of government efforts to destroy their language and culture.
Lenita Johnson ; director, David Vandivort. This program examines the needs and problems of today's Native Americans, both those who live on the reservation and those who have chosen the mainstream. The conclusion focuses on celebration and survival as reflected in the continuing tradition of the Pow Wow". C VideoDVD : An award-winning animated documentary that tells the story of the explorer and cartographer Samuel de Champlain, and the people who taught him how to survive in the wilds of North America.
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For most of their history, they lived in small, scattered villages on the mesas and in the valleys. But in the middle of the 13th century, something happened. They began to cluster together and built high walls around their homes, or lived precariously on the cliff-sides. Then, a few decades later, they abandoned these homes, leaving behind most of their possessions, as if they intended to return. Instead, they disappeared from history.
What happened? Did drought drive them away? Invading tribes? There is compelling evidence that the Anasazi might have had to turn to warfare and even cannibalism. Piecing together the story from both archaeologists and Native Americans, Josh Bernstein finally ends up, in his search for the truth, in the mysterious ruins of the Anasazi's greatest cultural center, Chaco Canyon, which for unknown reasons was abandoned around A. Here the Navajo people have lived on vast deposits of oil, coal and uranium.
Their religion considers Mother Earth sacred and forbids them from exploiting her resources. But outside forces are at work, strip mining the coal and polluting the water. The sweet wells on Dineh land are drying up. This land has also suffered a uranium spill larger than that of Three Mile Island. Tens of thousands of Dineh were relocated.
Others were fenced off from the land they worship The film emphasizes the spiritual essence of the Dineh, with their unique art forms, music and original lifestyle. Peter Coyote narrates, inviting viewers to engage in the national dialogue on health care from a native perspective. The powerful images and voices from some of the most vulnerable communities in Indian Country provide historical evidence of just how poorly health care services have been funded and managed, while hundreds of treaties promising health care, education and protected status in exchange for millions of acres of land, have continued to be dishonored and ignored by the federal government.
Current perspectives are equally disheartening: the introduction and substitution of food commodities for traditional native diets is discussed as a major contributing factor to the alarming increase in diabetes, heart disease and other native health concerns As a native educator in higher education social sciences, I have shared the film in my coursework, and highly recommend it to anyone wishing to understand the historical and contemporary experience of Native Americans. Available online as streaming video for the MSU Community as part of Ethnographic Video Online : This fascinating multidisciplinary social history investigates the contributions of New Mexico's diverse cultures to the state's unique architectural heritage.
Today adobe is often associated with wealth and the "Santa Fe Style. Adobe is not just a building material. Its formal and structural elements cannot be divorced from its social, cultural, and environmental functions. Down to Earth explores the increasing pressures of tourism and development and illustrates the relationship between the environment of New Mexico and the continuity of cultural tradition.
He's looking for just the right birch tree to select for the bark which will be used in the making of a traditional Ojibwe canoe. He talks about the respect that the Ojibwe People have for nature and for the spirit of the particular tree used in the making of a canoe following the traditions that had been handed down through the generations. We are told that this spot is a good one for building this canoe as Madeline Island was a sacred place and a center for the Ojibwe Nation in earlier times We watch the entire process from peeling the bark from the tree to shaping the form of the canoe with heavy rocks and then the elegant stitching together of the canoe's parts.
Earl tells us that artists have always depicted birch bark canoes with the distinctive white pattern of the bark on the outside. This is a myth, as they are actually made with the white, outer bark of the tree, on the inside of the canoe While the task is arduous the work proceeds step by step with the help of other members of the Ojibwe Nation. The excellent camerawork allows us to see in great detail the ingenious process. While it is not as easy as going down to the local sporting goods shop and picking up an aluminum model, there is the sense of satisfaction knowing that the materials and the process are integrated with the natural environment and provide a spiritual link to the past.
This program is suitable for all ages and will be very useful for anyone interested in canoe making, in the preserving of a Native American craft, in teaching Native American Studies, and anthropology. Rebecca Centeno, Exploitation of people, land, and resources is not new to the Native American. How does seeing the Earth with a 'spiritual eye' affect the oil and gas industry of Native Lands? Is there a connection between those views and others that are more pragmatic, and what alternative is there for a world dependent on fossil fuels?
Seattle, WA : Camera One, c Tulsa, Okla. C5 E Videocassette : Follows noted Oklahoma Cherokee basket maker, Ella Mae Blackbear, as she gathers native buckbrush, plants for dyes, and creates a traditional basket. Missoula, Mont. U53 F3 VideoDVD : From the first North Americans who relied on bison for food, shelter and clothing for at least 10, years, to modern wildlife conservationists - descendants of those first North Americans among them - Facing the Storm introduces viewers to a rich history of human sustenance, exploitation, conservation, and spiritual relations with the ultimate icon of wild America.
Our hunting and fishing rights were also taken at that time, against our wishes. Many of our tribesmen are scattered in various parts of the State of Washington where the land is poor We, the Wenatchi Indians, wish to have our fishing and hunting rights restored to us in the Wenatchee Valley and forests. This film makes an impassioned plea for the return of the land that was taken from the Wanatchi Indians of Washington State,. For generations they lived and fished on their land.
In , they were offered a reservation under the terms of the Yakama Treaty. The U. Historian E. Richard Hart has been working in Indian affairs for over thirty years. He knows of no other case where a tribe was promised fishing rights in a ratified treaty and again in a ratified agreement, and still does not have those rights honored. As a result of these injustices, the Wenatchis had to leave their land. Most moved to the Colville Indian Reservation In , Chief Harmelt died, but today his granddaughter and her children have taken up the fight along with other tribal elders of the Wenatchi Advisory Board and many others.
When will the U. By , railroads had brought millions of new settlers to the West and the federal government began consolidating its control over the region as never before. Washington mounted still another assault on the Mormons, forcing their prophet to choose between saving his church or sacrificing a spiritual son. Meanwhile, the American army pressed its campaign against the Indians, forcing most tribes onto reservations where they were dependent on government rations that often did not arrive, and on the whims of government agents who often did not care.
But a few bands still held out, determined to live as they wished in a West that was already transformed. On the plains, a Lakota medicine man, who saw the Americans as his mortal enemies, would become a symbol of this defiant spirit and win the greatest victory of the Indian wars, only to see his people shattered by an avenging nation. While in the mountains, a Nez Perce chief, who had struggled all his life to keep peace with whites, would find himself helping to lead one of the most extraordinary military campaigns in American history. To subdue them, the government would call on an unlikely army made up of immigrants, fugitives, social outcasts -- and a dashing young hero of the Civil War, who came West pursuing a vision of invincibility and discovered there an enemy with visions stronger than his own.
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Available as streaming video via Kanopy : Dawn Crey. Ramona Wilson. Daleen Kay Bosse. These are just three of the estimated Aboriginal women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past thirty years. Directed by acclaimed Metis filmmaker Christine Welsh, Finding Dawn is a compelling documentary that puts a human face to this national tragedy. This is an epic journey into the dark heart of Native women's experience in Canada. From Vancouver's skid row, where more than 60 women are missing, we travel to the "Highway of Tears" in northern British Columbia, and onward to Saskatoon, where the murders and disappearances of Native women remain unresolved.
Along the road to honour those who have passed, we uncover reason for hope. It drives events such as the annual Women's Memorial March in Vancouver and inspires communities all along the length of Highway 16 to come together to demand change Finding Dawn illustrates the deep historical, social and economic factors that contribute to the epidemic of violence against Native women in this country.
It goes further to present the ultimate message that stopping the violence is everyone's responsibility. First Americans past and present. Streaming video from the Filmakers Library Online : For the first time since their land was taken many Native Americans tribes have the opportunity of taking over the rights to the land they live on and creating a cultural consciousness.
No longer do they fit the old stereotypical image of the impoverished, drunken Indian. They now play a new role in American society both culturally and economically The filmmakers start their journey in the Dakotas, where years ago the Oglala Sioux Nation was nearly wiped out at Wounded Knee. Navahos that live on the country's biggest Indian reservation, covering parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico, have chosen not to build casinos since their land is rich in coal, oil and minerals. Yet casino's remain the most refined revenge for past sins, enabling the East Coast tribes to systematically empty America's pockets The filmmakers talk to an Indian attorney, a movie director, an artist, a nurse and others.
The question remains will Native Americans be able to maintain their unique culture now that they are participating in the American dream. Anchorage, Alaska : Blueberry Productions, Inc. There were indigenous people living everywhere in Alaska. Like Native Americans in the lower 48, Alaska Natives struggled to keep their basic human rights as well as protect their ancient ties to the land. The Bill of Rights did not apply to them.
Through extensive reenactments and rarely seen historic footage and photographs, 'For the Rights of All' reveals these remarkable people and their non-violent struggle for civil rights This extraordinary story bridges the Civil War to World War II to today's Native leaders, who find inspiration in the efforts of the generations that preceded them. Those efforts culminated in the passage of the Alaska Anti-Discrimination Act of , one of the first such laws passed anywhere in America, and ten years before Brown versus Board of Education. Of particular note is a young Tlingit activist, Elizabeth Peratrovich, whose dramatic testimony on behalf of the Act is fully reenacted in this film by Jeffry Lloyd Silverman.
Narrated by Peter Coyote. Damian Panetta, producer, director ; Eric Stange, supervising producer, writer. This one-hour special taps an international panel of experts to dig beneath the familiar history, and shed new light on the multi-cultural blend of natives, Europeans, and Africans that was the North America of the 's. From the Inside Out. The only word that could be used to describe both is "hozho" - beauty, balance, order and harmony. Navajo history is turbulent, and in order to survive the Navajo had to adapt. Baskets are a part of this history, changing throughout time and adapting with the people.
They contribute to the balance, harmony, and beauty of Navajo life. Inititally purely functional pieces, baskets gradually became integrated into various ceremonies, elevating them to sacred and symbolic levels. Oppression, trade, and technology eventually led to dwindling numbers of basket weavers, but beginning in the s Navajo basketry experienced a renaissance led by a group of families in the Douglas Mesa region of the Utah reservation Secularized basketry is now a thriving part of Navajo trade and traditional baskets continue to be an important part of Navajo ceremonial life.
In intimate detail, From the Inside Out depicts both the new and old roles baskets play in the lives of contemporary basket-weavers. But before the young nation got that far, the Mississippi was the border of the great unknown, and the frontier was the Great Lakes area of the Midwest. Dramatic re-enactments at historic sites, expert commentary, authentic period artifacts and journals are all used to recreate the incredible events of the era that some historians have dubbed "America's true first world war," when forces of Europe's great powers, the fledgling United States and Native Americans fought one another for ascendancy in the New World.
Seattle, Wash. The images that exist are stereotypical, so how does the lack of images in the mass media affect Native American women? Growing up without seeing other Native American women who look like your mother and aunties does [a]ffect your body image and sense of self. The filmmaker explores body image and identity in this powerful and intimate documentary.
The journey of the pole began a hundred years ago when it was removed by the Harriman Expedition from the deserted village of Gash at Cape Fox. The totem pole makes its way from Cambridge, Massachusetts to Ketchikan, Alaska, where the Cape Fox community holds a ceremony to welcome home artifacts taken by the Expedition.
Geronimo : As the leader of the last Native American fighting force to capitulate to the U. Directed by Dustinn Craig and Sarah Colt. For years, Apache tribes had resisted the advance of the pioneers and their threat to the traditional ways of life. A missionary brutally converted to the worship of a tribal fetish is left with but an echo of his identity.
They display Camus at the height of his powers. A powerful comprehensive guide and tool kit, combining over 60 years of advocacy experience between the three authors. Published in , God Is Red remains a seminal work on Native religious views, asking new questions about our species and our ultimate fate. Hailed as the bible for a new generation of women, it has been performed in cities all across America and at hundreds of college campuses, and has inspired a dynamic grassroots movement—V-Day—to stop violence against women. To move on implies to learn and grow from the experience and implies introspection as much as action.
The methodology of the late Freire has helped to empower countless impoverished and illiterate people throughout the world. The book begins with an explanation of Satyagraha and proceeds with detailed discussions of the self-training and courage necessary for Satyagraha. It consists of the necessary elements that can inspire greatness in each of us.
He has seen children murdered for sport in Gaza and petty thugs elevated into war heroes in the Balkans. Drawing on his own experience and on the literature of combat from Homer to Michael Herr, Hedges shows how war seduces not just those on the front lines but entire societies, corrupting politics, destroying culture, and perverting the most basic human desires. They wanted to show in words and drawings what life looks like in places where the marketplace rules without constraints, where human beings and the natural world are used and then discarded to maximize profit.
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is the searing account of their travels. Drawing on the biographies of such disparate people as Ella Fitzgerald and Mohandas K.
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Gandhi, James Hillman argues that character is fate and shows how the soul, if given the opportunity, can assert itself even at an early age. The result is a reasoned and powerful road map to understanding our true nature and discovering an eye-opening array of choices — from the way we raise our children to our career paths to our social and personal commitments to achieving excellence in our time. What do we do about teachers who do not want to teach, and students who do not want to learn? How should we deal with racism and sexism in the classroom? Full of passion and politics, Teaching to Transgress combines a practical knowledge of the classroom with a deeply felt connection to the world of emotions and feelings.
This is the rare book about teachers and students that dares to raise critical questions about eros and rage, grief and reconciliation, and the future of teaching itself. In , Kozol set off to spend two years with children in the American public education system in neighborhoods across the country, from Illinois to Washington, D. He spoke with teachers, principals, superintendents, and, most important, children. What he found was devastating. Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D.
Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope.
This powerful collection of poems explores the boundaries of skin color, language, ethnicity, and religion to give voice to the lives and experiences of ethnic Americans. The moving essays of this bestselling book — read by Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi, Joan Blades, Peter Schurman, Eli Pariser, and David Fenton, among others — will mobilize anyone interested in learning more about grassroots activism.
A time-tested paradigm for healing relationships and keeping them healthy, Peacemaking Circles explores how communities can respond to crimes in ways that address the needs and interests of all those affected — victims, offenders, their families and friends, and the community.
Based on indigenous teachings combined with current research in conflict resolution, the Circle process described here builds an intentionally safe space where we can bring our best selves to some of our most difficult conversations. Though the book relates the process to criminal justice, the explanation of Circle philosophy and practice can be readily applied to hurts and conflicts in other areas of life. Ross invites us to accompany him as he moves past the pain and suffering that grip so many communities and into the exceptional promise of individual, family and community healing that traditional teachings are now restoring to Aboriginal Canada.
He shares his confusion, frustrations and delights as Elders and other teachers guide him, in their unique and often puzzling ways, into ancient visions of Creation and our role with it. Sharp documents 23 significant—and often successful—20th century nonviolent struggles in a range of cultural and political contexts, and reaffirms nonviolent action as a realistic and powerful alternative to both passivity and violence. With a clarity of pitch born out of decades of experience, Tutu shows readers how to move forward with honesty and compassion to build a newer and more humane world.
In addition to the war, disease and famine, these boys faced constant threats, limited supplies and the loss of their traditional customs. Award-winning photojournalist Judy Walgren traveled to Natinga and met the boys living there. Understanding that the psychological well being of individuals is inextricably linked to the health of their communities, environments, and cultures, the authors propose a radical interdisciplinary reorientation of psychology to create participatory and dialogical spaces for critical understanding and creative restoration.
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When a crime occurs or an injustice is done, what needs to happen? What does justice require? Restorative justice is a process to involve, to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific offense and to collectively identify and address harms, needs, and obligations, in order to heal and put things as right as possible. Written by the founder of the Restorative Justice movement. Howard Zinn was a renowned American historian, author, playwright, and social activist, who was also a political science professor at Boston University for 24 years and taught at Spellman College for 7 years.
Zinn wrote more than 20 books, including:. The story of two brothers, one a reformed Neo-Nazi skinhead after a prison sentence for voluntary manslaughter of two black men, who tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. The story, set in , revolves around two couples navigating relationships during the period of Reagan era economics, the growing AIDS pandemic and the social and political controversies of the time. In Falls City, Nebraska, Brandon Teena was a newcomer with a future who had the small rural community enchanted.
The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three. Academy-award winning film which won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Film Editing in , Crash is an exploration of racial and social tension and bigotry from varying perspectives in multi-cultural Los Angeles, based on the personal experience of Paul Haggis himself, whose car was car-jacked in Los Angeles.
Robert Hall, poet, meditation teacher and somatics pioneer, who shares his story of child sexual and physical abuse to convey how he transformed their repercussions into a life of confidence and peace. Offering emotional wisdom and analytic clarity from his decades of personal and professional experience, Hall inspires hope in abuse survivors and other trauma victims. A former teenage prostitute who worked the streets of Chicago, Brenda defied the odds to become a powerful advocate for change in her community.
With warmth and humour, Brenda gives hope to those who have none. Her story is their inspiration. Horses arrived in the Americas in the s and quickly became a vital part of the ecology and mythology of the continent. This documentary explores the mounting controversy around the last few wild horses living in the western U. The story of more than four hundred Americans who participated in the bold and dangerous experiment in to test the Supreme Court ruling outlawing segregation in interstate public facilities and transportation throughout the deep South, enduring brutal violence and jailing along the way.
Eastwood stars as a racist Korean War veteran retiring in a crime and gang-ridden neighborhood of Detroit with Hmong immigrant neighbors. With the support of their communities, these leaders are actively rejecting the devastating affronts of multi-national energy companies and the current dismantling of 30 years of environmental laws.
The true story of events that unfolded in during the Rwandan genocide, when hotel manager, Paul Rusesabagina, provided shelter to Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda in the first days of the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists, many of them HIV-positive young men, infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time.
Archival footage, and commentary by friend, colleagues and Zinn himself. The movie examines the abortion issue through three stories set in different eras — 50s, 70s and 90s. This moving, award-winning film is the first of its kind to address that subject. In Whose Honor? A compelling analysis of the issues of racism, stereotypes, minority representation, the powerful effects of mass-media imagery, and the extent to which one university and its fans will go to defend its mascot.
It examines the mindset of the men who committed the rape with exclusive interviews and — perhaps most importantly — it tries to shed light on the patriarchal society and culture which not only seeds but may be said even to encourage violence against women. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, INSIDE JOB traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships, which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia.
Survivors of this crime tell their stories in this award-winning documentary feature film created by one veteran and the wife of another veteran. The film outlines 3 goals: One: To support other survivors in coming forward and to get treatment; Two: Offer treatment alternatives and Three: To change the existing procedures and laws that would make reporting of these crimes safer for the survivors.
Killing Us Softly has been offered as four distinct films:. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia , went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry — and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since. This is the story of David and his efforts to save the redwood champions of Northern California from the ravages of climate change.
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