5 minutes VHS
Multi-screen experimental film juxtaposing historic archive photos and modern reenactments of 19th century White Mountain Apache scouts with 21st century skateboarding Apache youth.
372 minutes DVD
500 Nations is an eight-part documentary that looks back at life in North America before the arrival of the Europeans, then follows the epic struggles of Indian Nations as the continent is reshaped by contact. Hosted and produced by Kevin Costner.
62 minutes VHS Scenes from the 78th annual Crow Fair. Commentaries by the event's masters of ceremonies are audible, but there is no additional narration. Dances include the grand entry, competitive dances in various categories (among them the men's traditional, grass and fancy dances, and the women's traditional, fancy shawl and jingle dress dances), a tiny tots competition, intertribal dancing, clan dancing, line dancing by the Old Elk family, a dance solo by Miss Crow Nation 1996 (Della Big Hair), and the Crow hop. Other events include a rodeo, and a Sunday morning parade with horseback riders, dancers and floats. 1996.
93 minutes DVD
Aboriginal architecture living architecture offers an in-depth look into the diversity of North American Native architecture. Featuring expert commentary and imagery, this program provides a virtual tour of seven aboriginal communities- Pueblo, Mohawk, Inuite, Crow, Navajo, Coast Salish, and Haida- revealing how each is actively reinterpreting and adapting traditional forms for contemporary purposes.
58 minutes VHS
Chronicles the history and condition of Hawaiians from their creation to the present, focusing on the overthrow of the Hawaiian government in 1893. Commentators Haunani-Kay Trask, Lilikal¯a Kame‘eleihiwa, Jon Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio and Kekuni Blaisdell give a Hawaiian perspective to events which led to Hawaii's annexation to the United States.
58 minutes DVD
"Alcatraz Is Not and Island" examines the experiences of those involved in the occupation of Alcatraz Island for 19 months starting in November of 1969. It also explores the impact of the occupation on Native Americans nationwide. Out of Alcatraz came the "Red Power" movement of the 1970s, which has been called the lost chapter of the Civil Rights era, and more than 70 other Indian occupations of Federal facilities.
120 minutes VHS
v. 1. Kumulipo -- History of health -- The Hawaiian Kingdom -- What is a Hawaiian subject? -- Attempted overthrow of 1893 -- Tears of a nation -- Anti-annexation petitions -- The annexation that never was -- August 12, 1998 Centennial -- Early 1900's newsreel of Lili'uokalani -- Internal laws of the U.S. -- Supreme Court and International Courts -- v. 2. Senate debate on Apology resolution, October 1993 -- United Church of Christ Apology, 1993 -- Aloha March on Washington -- Kanu o ka'A¯ini Hawaiian Academy -- Aha Pu¯nana Leo animations -- Mauna Kea -- Ola Na¯Iwi (repatriation of ancestral remains).
78 minutes DVD
"The film powerfully highlights efforts to redness more than a century's worth of legal and political moves undermining Indian land ownership and sovereignty, going back to the 1887 General Allotment Act: the national fight to recover lost lands is being led by the Twin Cities-based Indian Tenure Land Foundation."
19 minutes VHS
A young Shoshone-Paiute man from CA, an elderly northern Cheyenne man from Montana, and a young Seneca woman from NY State, tell about the history and modern life-styles of their tribes.
89 minutes DVD
Thirty miles from New York City, tucked away in the Ramapo Mountains of New Jersey, lives a group of indigenous people shrouded in mystery and discrimination, fighting for acceptance as Native Americans...The Ramapough Lenape Indians. American Native exposes this group's fight for respect as Native Americans, examining their efforts to gain recognition from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the private interests that may have colluded behind the scenes to prevent them from doing so. Through expert interviews and unbridled access to the community, the film provides an in-depth look at the group's complex past, volatile present and endangered future.
153 minutes DVD The films in this double feature--two of three films produced by the public information/education project, Running Dry--seek to raise awareness of the worsening global humanitarian water crisis. Running dry is looks at water quality and quantity around the world and features interviews with . The American Southwest : are we running dry? looks at water problems in the American Southwest that have resulted from severe drought, urban development, agricultural uses, and population growth. Both films draw upon a wide variety of expertise, from former prime ministers to local activists, and not only describe the problems but outline a clear agenda for solving them. 2009.
24 minutes VHS
Weaving mythology, archaeology, and ethnography together, this film introduces and gives an overview of the prehistoric Anasazi culture, revered by today's Pueblo peoples of the American Southwest.
23 minutes VHS The Inupiaq, Inuit and Aleut arts and crafts present a wide range of materials from ivory, wood and bone to fur, feather, baleen and stone. We see both practical and ceremonial objects as well as work by contemporary artists. 1995.
57 minutes DVD Burdeau explores issues of environmental, historical, and cultural preservation as they relate to the Blackfeet community. Set amidst the splendor of the northern Rockies, known to the Blackfeet as "the backbone of the world," this program juxtaposes the ancient legend of Scarface with contemporary stories from the Native American experience. 1998.
28 minutes VHS Native children find it nearly impossible to balance the white view they are taught with the language and values they learn at home, representing a major problem for native children. 1993.
49 minutes VHS The bones of more than 10,000 Native Americans unearthed at archaeological sites across the U.S. have become the central issue in a war of ideas that pits scientists, historians, and museum curators against many Native American groups. 1998.
60 minutes VHS Documentary account of a struggle for land between a group of Shoshone Indians of western Nevada and the U.S. government. Shows the conflict between traditional Indians who would rather fight than lose tribal lands, and others who would rather accept payment and cooperate. 1984.
39 minutes VHS Two separate works giving an overview of the Sinte Gleska College located in Rosebud, South Dakota which serves the Rosebud Indian Reservation community. Shows the impact the college has had on the surrounding community. 1980.
25 minutes VHS No part of Navajo life remains untouched by song. Andrew Natonabah sings as he travels through Canyon de Chelly where the Navajo believe the songs were originally created, and he discusses the songs and their origin with his children and with the audience. Includes video guide. 1980.
54 minutes DVD Documentary of the annual "Tribal Journeys" of Pacific Northwest Coast Salish people. Indigenous tribes and First Nations from Oregon, Washington, Canada and Alaska follow their ancestral pathways through the waters of Puget Sound, Inside Passage and the Northwest Coast. Families and youth reconnect with the past and each other. Ancient songs, dances, regalia, ceremonies, and language were almost lost and are coming back. 2009.
29 minutes VHS One of several CHIEF (Cherokee Heritage Indian Educational Foundation) Productions programs on the Cherokee people. Deals with events leading up to and including the Trail of Tears. 1994.
30 minutes VHS Traces the history of Shoshone and Arapaho family life and shows how the introduction of boarding schools disrupted the continuity of traditional child rearing and resulted in a generation that did not fit in at school or at home. 1989.
78 minutes DVD "In Club Native, filmmaker Tracey Deer uses Kahnawake, her hometown, as a lens to probe deeply into the history and contemporary reality of Aboriginal identity. 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?". Includes public performance rights. 2008.
24 minutes DVD This program presents archival photos, film, clips, and posters from the 1900 World's Fair with commentary from art historians to understand Western prejudices concerning the culture of colonized countries. 2009.
86 minutes VHS Tells the dramatic story of Curtis' life, his monumental work, and his changing views of the people he set out to document. The film also gives Indian people a voice in the discussion of Curtis' images. 2000.
23 minutes VHS A Hopi spokesman for the Hopi high religious leaders interprets a Hopi prophesy. He reflects the Hopi position that man is living out of balance with nature and a return to spiritual connection with nature is needed for man's survival. 1990.
336 minutes DVD
A conference held at Arizona State University, Tempe, presenting the acheivements of Dr. Peter Iverson, a scholar of modern American Indian history and the North American West and professor at Arizona State University.
47 minutes DVD Can a multicultural alliance of determined activists stop a dam supported by the biggest development interests in the Southwest? This film highlights the rich compleities of American politics and Anglo-Indian relations through a rural community's battle over money, power, and water. Includes public performance rights. 2005.
90 minutes DVD This drama tells the story behind the shooting of Manitoba Native leader John Harper by a Winnipeg policeman, and the struggle to uncover the truth about his killing. Harper, whose life was dedicated to defending Native rights, has become a touchstone for relations between Natives and non-Natives in Canada. 2003.
minutes DVD The three brothers and the spotted horse -- The hunter and his dogs -- Tug-of-war between tie-snakes -- The hunters' wives -- The stork father -- Rabbit steals fire -- Turtle is beaten by three mothers -- Rabbit rides wolf -- Turtle races wolf -- The young man who turned into a snake -- Man defeats a giant lizard -- Man races a snake -- Rabbit traps lion on the other side of the ocean -- Rabbit seeks wisdom from God -- Two boys become thunder -- Tiger helps man defeat a giant lizard -- Rabbit tries to straighten riverbeds -- Twisted horn steals man's heart -- Old dog saves master from long claws -- Doe killed by hunter, becomes his wife -- Buzzard doctors rabbit -- Cow wants a knife -- Hunter captured by eagle -- Whistling man helps hunters -- Hunter taken to the deer cave -- Man races a lizard -- Turtle tries to look up women's dresses -- Wolf wants to become spotted -- Girl abducted by lion. Note: Tales read in Creek, with English translation on screen. 2004.
57 minutes DVD Tells the story of a small town in Oklahoma. Divided by those who want to save the community from environmental threats; and those who want to be relocated away from the environmental disaster which was the result of the zinc and lead mining earlier in the 20th century. Includes public performance rights. 2007.
60 minutes VHS Recounts the war (sometimes called "the Great Sioux Uprising") that began the thirty year struggle for the Great Plains, a struggle that continued at the Little Big Horn and ended at Wounded Knee. 1993.
60 minutes VHS Originally produced for television in 1995. This documentary, sequel to the Dakota Conflict, traces the paths of Dakota prisoners and refugees. Through the words of Daokta elders and tribal historians it tells of the stuggle to remain Dakota in the face of government efforts to destroy their language and culture. 1996.
95 minutes DVD
Paraguay, 1896. A 3 year-old Ache girl is captured after the massacre of a group of indigenous people in the jungle. 100 years later her remains are found in Argentina and Germany and returned to the Aché in 2012. The film tries to restore a history and a name to the small captive who died of tuberculosis at the age of 14, in a mental institution.
85 minutes DVD When the Kidabanessee Reservation in northern Ontario is shocked by a brutal murder of one of the residents, four teenagers find their friendships put to the ultimate test. The struggle to become men and women becomes entangled with a fight for justice as they find their friendships and romances maturing into something unexpected. 2008.
27 minutes DVD Tells the story of nuclear phyicist Fred Begay, a modern man who also carries on the wisdom of his Navajo and Ute ancestors. Dr. Begay credits his success in the world of theoretical physics to the skills in abstract reasoning he learned from his parents, who taught him the Navajo world order. 2005.
51 minutes DVD Buffy Sainte-Marie looks at the pressing issues affecting First Nations/Native American and world indigenous communities. In this presentation, she stresses the importance of local activism in creating positive changes through education, health and personal development. 2013.
82 minutes DVD The story of 14 year-old Basilio Vargas and his 12 year-old brother Bernardino as they work in the sixteenth century Bolivian silver mines of Cerro Rico (Potosí). Cerro Rico miners believe that Satan, as represented by hundreds of statues constructed in the mines, determines whether they live or die there. 2005.
150 minutes VHS In February 1992, the Coronado Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society invited Dr. Emil Haury to address the Socity about "Gila Valley Archaeology." The brief talk expanded to a thorough history of archaeology in the Safford area and the entire state of Arizona. 2000.
174 minutes DVD An elderly Lakota storyteller asks his grandson to drive him from his home on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to a powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Along the way, he regales the troubled teenager with Native American folklore drawn from many different tribes. 2007.
77 minutes DVD Presents a chronicle of the destruction of the environment in our efforts to attain the American Dream. Featured cast: Ed Asner, Alec Baldwin, Ed Begley, Lloyd Bridges, Ellen Burstyn, James, Caan, Peter Coyote, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Lee Grant, Gene Hackman, Dustin hoffman, Anthony Hopkins, Jeremy Irons, Michael Keaton, Jack Lemmon, Karl Malden, E.G. Marshall, Bette Midler, Christopher Reeve, Mary Steenburgen, Rod Steiger, David Ogden Stiers, Sam Waterston, Dennis Weaver. 2006.
2 hours; 4 minutes VHS Includes 722 photogravures taken from The North American Indian, an original 20 volume set of books published in 1907, which capture the essence of Curtis' work. Includes musical background by Coyote Oldman Music, Norman, Oklahoma. 1989.
56 minutes VHS Sami people of the arctic region north of Europe enact their ancient traditions using drama, music, and dance. Narration in English ; drama in Sami language with English subtitles. 1996.
34 minutes VHS Documentary on the historical roots of Native American religious persecution & issues such as access & protection of sacred sites, 1st amendment protection & the use of peyote in the Native Am Church. 1992.
181 minutes [C]hronicles one night in the lives of young Native American men and women living in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles. Based entirely on interviews with the participants and their friends, the film follows a group of exiles -- transplants from Southwest reservations -- as they flirt, drink, party, fight, and dance. 2009.
94 minutes DVD Charlie Silvercloud III's father & grandfather were both killed by milk trucks on their 25th birthdays. Charlie is about to turn 25. He prepares for his fate until he meets a girl who won't let him die in peace. 2006.
7 minutes VHS Discusses the trust responsibility the U.S. government has to the American Indians. The U.S. government has the responsibility to protect Indian nations and to carry out its agreements with them. 1997.
72 minutes DVD Peterson Zah, former leader of the Navajo Nation, discusses the history of Native American education, Navajo education and his involvment in recruiting Native American students to attend college. 2010.
60 minutes VHS Follows the journal of Cree filmmaker Paul M. Richard as he searches for his own language roots. He visits Carcross in the Yukon where the Tlingit language is one of the most endangered. He also travels to Kahnawake, Quebec to visit a Mohawk language program and Iqaluit where Inuktitut is the official language of the Nunavut. 2000.
100 minutes DVD
When Nemo, a young clownfish, is unexpectedly carried far from home, his overprotective father, Marlin, and Dory, a friendly but forgetful regal blue tang fish, embark on an epic journey that leads to encounters with vegetarian sharks, surfer dude turtles, hypnotic jellyfish and hungry seagulls!
132 minutes DVD The story of the five Marines and one Navy corpsman that were forever immortalized as a symbol of WWII by raising the American flag at the battle of Iwo Jima. When Joe Rosenthal's photograph of the event becomes a symbol of hope for the families at home, the three surviving men are pulled from combat and sent on a tour across America to raise desperately-needed bond money. It is a trip that brings out the truths of both that symbolic act, and of their lives during war. 2007.
85 minutes DVD In 2004, thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers from all four corners, moved by their concern for our planet, came together at a historic gathering, where they decided to form an alliance: The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. 2009.
93 minutes DVD Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Ray, a white woman, and Lila, a Mohawk, both single mothers facing desperate circumstances, are drawn by the lure of fast money into the world of border smuggling across the frozen water of the St. Lawrence River. 2009.
29 minutes VHS This video weighs the financial benefits derived by host communities against the casino's detrimental effects on local business. Living conditions among those in communities with casinos are compared with other similar communities. Experts include a casino manager, a professor of economics, and an anti-gambling activist. 1997.
30 minutes DVD For thousands of years, traditional Inuit sports have been vital for surviving the unforgiving Arctic. Acrobatic and explosive, these ancestral games evolved to strengthen mind, body and spirit within the community. Following four modern Inuit athletes reveals their unique relationship to the games as they compete across the North. As unprecedented change sweeps across their traditional lands, their stories illuminate the importance of the games today. 2011
90 minutes DVD
Chronicles the life story of Dennis Banks, the Native American who co-founded the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1968 to advocate and protect the rights of American Indians, providing an in-depth look at the history and issues surrounding AIM's formation. Includes public performance rights.
57 minutes DVD Portrait of the little-documented Grab Day in the villages of the Laguna Pueblo Tribe, who annually throws water and food items from the rooftop of a home to people standing below them. Follows three families as they prepare for this annual event which serves as a community-wide prayer of abundance, thanks and renewal. 2011.
50 minutes VHS Charlie Lone Wolf, a juvenile delinquent from Denver, discovers his heritage and his own identity when he is immersed in traditional Dineh life during a stay with his uncle on the Navajo reservation. 1993.
7 minutes DVD Follows Navajo elder, Grandma Thomas, as she walks from Chinle, Arizona to the Navajo Nations fairgrounds in Window Rock, Arizona in support of Navajo youth in the Central Navajo Nation in 2004. 2005.
VHS Interviews with American Indian tribal leaders. 1.Preview 2. Edward T. Begay 3. John Echohawk 4. Jayne Fawcett 5. Billy Frank, Jr. 6. LaDonna Harris 7. Kathryn Harrison 8. Gay Kingman 9. Oren Lyons 10. Wilma Mankiller 11. Roy Sampsel 12. Mel Tonasket 13. Eddie Tullis 14. Tim Wapato 15. Mike Williams 16. Ron Allen 17. Anthony Pico 18. Sue Shaffer 19. Peterson Zah. 2004.
33 minutes DVD A satirical comedy that explores the interaction of American Indians and philanthropic organizations. Draws on trickster myths common to many Indian tribes to dispel Hollywood stereotypes of the "wild Indian" and the "noble savage". 1984.
67 min DVD Professor of Native American studies at the University of Oklahoma, Edgar Heap of Birds, describes his lecture as one spanning many different generations of time, and space, and culture, coming from Oklahoma, and going outward internationally, from Venice to other places in the world. He shares some short videos showing these places and work on location. He works with multi-disciplinary forms of political public art, large scale drawings, acrylic paintings, prints, and works in glass, and monumental porcelain enamel, on steel, outdoor sculptures. 2014.
40 minutes DVD We learn about the importance of Native languages and cultures from various individuals from tribal members, students and academic professionals. Language loss is being fought through immersion schools, talking dictionaries and other means. 2014.
60 minutes VHS This video traces the history of the Inuit people, from the arrival of their ancestors through the 20th century. The program examines the development of Inuit culture, the first contacts with European settlers, the impact of the Hudson Bay Company and much more. 1996.
15 minutes VHS Gay Native Americans tell of their historical and spiritual role, and of the sacredness associated with being lesbian or gay and having the power to bridge the worlds of male and female. 1990.
33 minutes VHS Native American women in the Canadian province of Alberta tell of their experiences of being victims of domestic (primarily spousal) abuse and how each one resolved her particular situation. 1993.
30 minutes VHS The sights and sounds of a vital, thousand-year-old Native American culture in northern Arizona, rarely seen by outsiders. Intimate scenes of family life, work, and colorful seasonal rituals show how the Hopis pass on the communal values and survival skills that have kept their culture alive for centuries. 1997.
441 minutes VHS Documents the effects of westward expansion on native American nations including the Navajo, Cheyenne, Nez Perce, Seminole, Apache, Iroquois, and Lakota, through the recollection of their descendants, archival photographs, and historical documents. 1993.
58 minutes VHS Shows how a community of Lushootseed people in Washington State strives to preserve its culture through language, ritual, and folk tales. Focuses on the work of Vi Hilbert, an Upper Skagit elder, who has spent the bulk of her adult life researching, documenting and translating the ways and words of Lushootseed, and disseminating the culture and language of Puget Sound's indigenous peoples. 2001.
18 minutes VHS Stories told by Helen Sekaquaptewa New Oraibi, Arizona. These singing tales reinforce the Hopi ethic by describing what happens to those who shirk hard work. The story teller herself was born in Old Oraibi, considered the oldest continuously occupied village in North America. Includes video guide, with transcript. 1980.
60 minutes DVD Using an eclectic mix of interviews, staged scenes, and graphic imagery, this film represents a Native American's view of the disparity between self-perception and the white culture's principally Hollywood-inspired interpretations of American Indians. Includes public performance rights. 2005.
29 minutes DVD Navajo medicineman, Johnson Dennison, Navajo philosopher, Harry Walters and American anthropologist, Peter Gold come together amid the stunning environs of Arizona's sacred Canyon de Chelly, for an intelligent, lively and warmhearted exploration of Navajo ways of spiritual balance and harmony in daily living. Their words of wisdom are mirrored in Navajo art and in the stunning landscape of the Colorado Plateau: homeland of the Navajo people. 2002.
90 minutes VHS Twelve years ago, Robert Redford visited Leonard Peltier in prison. Today, after years of struggle with the FBI and the prison system, he and director Michael Apted are able to present INCIDENT AT OGLALA - a riveting examination of the case and the real story of what may be one of the most outrageous abuses of justice in American history. 1992.
58 minutes DVD After centuries of struggle, the Indians of North America own less than 2% of the land first settled by their ancestors. Indian Self Rule traces the history of white-Indian relations from nineteenth century treaties through the present, as tribal leaders, historians, teachers, and other Indians gather at a 1983 conference organized to reevaluate the significance of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.The experiences of the Flathead Nation of Montana, the Navajo Nation of the Southwest, and the Quinault people of the Olympic Peninsula illustrate some of the ways Indians have dealt with shifting demands imposed upon them, from allotment to reorganization to termination and relocation. Particularly eloquent areIndian reflections upon the difficulties of maintaining cultural identities in a changing world and within a larger society that views Indians with ambivalence. 2005.
36 minutes DVD
Multimedia producer Victor Masayesva, Jr., discusses the Indigenous concepts of time using a special technology to create a film to be viewed communally in a dome such as a planetarium. His lecture examines notions of time, the Mayan calendar, the Hopi calendar, and the imposition of the Western calendar on Hopi life.
25 minutes VHS Through firsthand testimony from some of Canada's most prominent Native women, we discover how the laws of the Canadian government and changing traditions have affected women's roles in their communities. Past, present and future are explored. 1994.
61 minutes VHS Interview of three Cocopah Indian tribe members and one Maricopa Indian. Second interview is with an elder of the Maricopa Indians and discusses how life was along the Gila River for the Pima, Maricopa, Mojave and Yuman Indians. 1978.
24 minutes VHS Interview of three Cocopah Indian tribe members and one Maricopa Indian. Second interview is with an elder of the Maricopa Indians and discusses how life was along the Gila River for the Pima, Maricopa, Mojave, and Yuman Indians. 1978.
73 minutes VHS This film presents three indigenous communities who are trying to protect their sacred sites from rock climbers, tourists, stripmining and development and New Age religious practitioners. 2001.
46 minutes VHS Discussion of Chief Illiniwek as the University of Illinois mascot, and the effect the mascot has on Native American peoples. Interviewees include members of the Board of Regents, students, alumni, current and former "Chiefs" and members of the community. 1997.
58 minutes DVD The videotape celebrates the Hopi Tricentennial. Ross Macaya tells the story of his childhood, sings Hopi songs, tells tales of Hopi history and his clan, and the Hopi tale of the end of the world. 2005.
15 minutes VHS Commentary by students, elders, and community leaders about the Cultural Learning Centers Initiative of AIHEC (American Indian Higher Education Consortium), in which AIHEC and the National Association of Home Builders' Log Homes Council came together to build living environments for Native American culture and art. 2002.
57 minutes DVD This film explores Kinaaldá, which is an intricate, four-day ceremony for Navajo Indian girls of 11 to 14 years of age. The ceremony represents the transition from childhood to womanhood. Lena Carr examines her own childhood by chronicling her 13-year old niece's initiation into womanhood. 2000.
300 minutes DVD Follows Robin Charboneau, a magnetic 31-year-old Oglala Sioux woman living on the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota. In sharing her story, this documentary will portray the realities of what it means to be a contemporary Native American woman living in two worlds. 2013.
56 minutes DVD
Documentary that follows a group of tribal cultural practitioners and tribal youth, staff and leaders of the Karuk Tribe who visited the Autry Museum of the West in Los Angeles, California to document the items considered sacred by the tribe and begin the process of repatriating those items under the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act.
87 minutes DVD A captivating saga of one girl's mustering up the heroic spirit of her heritage to confront the modern world. Set on the remote island of Rotuma in the South Pacific, it's a visually entracing work, capturing the pristine beauty of those luscious climes and cluingus in to a culture that has been defiled in many ways by European colonisation. At once an illuminationg ethnography of a remarkable people, The Land Has Eyes is most satisfyingly a tale of triumph and assertion. It focuses on Viki (Sapeta Taito), an industrious Rotuman teen who aspires to someday win a scholarship to Fiji. Strong-minded, which is not considered a virtue by the women in her family as well as her peers, Viki takes in upon herself to do what her more traditional parents cannot accomplish. In essence, she crosses cultural boundaries when she stands up to her father's good name, and she trascends female exceptions when she strives to achieve her highly personal goals. 2005.
57 minutes VHS Tells the history of Alaska through the eyes of the Tlingit and Haida Indians. Discusses the efforts of the native people to obtain local authority through the establishment of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. 1996.
90 minutes DVD A dramatization of the biography of Ishi, a lone survivor of California's Yahi tribe of Native-Americans. The story begins with Ishi's capture by ranchers, his early encounters with the academics who wish to study him, and the slow unveiling of his past to Dr. Alfred Kroeber, an anthropologist who is intent on knowing all of Ishi's secrets. 2004.
58 minutes VHS Examines the Battle of the Little Bighorn, known as "Custer's Last Stand," from an Indian and white man's perspective. Uses journals, oral accounts, Indian ledger drawings, archival footage, and feature films to present the dual viewpoints of this historic event. 1992
60 minutes DVD Regents' Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona, Ofelia Zepeda, lectures on the languages of Arizona tribes and describes how language has become both a gift and a responsibility. 2012.
48 minutes DVD Examines how the Chippewa Indians of northern Wisconsin who struggled to restore the tradition of spear fishing in the waters outside their reservation. Illustrates the political and racial opposition they encountered. Relates the re-emergence of traditional fishing rights to the Chippewa prophecy that speaks of seven fires representing seven periods of time, the seventh being a time when lost traditions would be renewed. 1999.
18 minutes DVD
Although her first language is Quechua, Elva Ambía Rebatta prioritized speaking Spanish and English after leaving Peru for the US. Now in her seventies, Elva decides to help cultivate a Quechua-speaking community in New York City. Living Quechua follows Elva through the challenges and successes of trying to keep Quechua alive.
57 minutes DVD In 1864, thousands of Navajos were marched to a barren reservation in New Mexico near the Texas border called Bosque Redondo. During this long walk, many died along the way. After their relocation, the boarding school aftermath would shake the identity of the Navajo Indians. 2008.
60 minutes DVD Explores issues facing Native Americans living in urban environments, illustrating the importance of access to adequate health care, education, and the strong sense of community and cultural identity needed to thrive in big cities. 2003.
71 minutes DVD Dr. Kathryn Shanley, PhD, Professor of Indigenous Literature at the University of Montana, delivers her lecture 'Mapping indigenous futures: creating a Native voice in higher education.' Shanley speaks about the importance and 'significance of global indigenous people's struggles to gain recognition and control over their own destinies.' She uses the example of Montana's Indian Education for All Act' to discuss indigenous education models and strategies in higher education for realizing the rights in the [United Nations] Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 2010.
54 minutes Three troubled teenagers from the Swinomish Tribe are offered a community service project: make a documentary about the impact of two oil refineries on their community. A collaborative coming of age story, March Point follows the ambivalent and once-troubled teens as they come to understand themselves and the threat their people face. 2008.
57 minutes DVD Maria Tallchief and her sister Marjorie came from the Osage Nation in Oklahoma, and as children trained as both pianists and dancers. Marjorie began a ballet career in Europe, and Maria became America's first home-grown prima ballerina. As her career flourished, her partnership with George Balanchine coincided with the founding of the New York City Ballet, and of a new style of dance and dancer. This documentary, using interviews and archival dance footage, looks at her life and career, at how her heritage informed her dancing, and at what it means to be "a Balanchine dancer." 2007.
57 minutes VHS A mixed-blood Métis woman appears to be quite happy and content in her common-law marriage to a Hudson's Bay Company clerk in the fur trade era until he deserts her because her background is getting in the way of his advancement. 1997.
53 minutes VHS Documentary explores the lives and reveals the challenges facing three teenaged girls of Mokawk heritage living on the Kahnawake Native Reserve in Quebec and includes home video footage of the director as she experienced similar conflicts of emotions. 2005
53 minutes VHS Explores Montezuma Castle National Monument and the Tuzigoot National Monument located in Arizona. Also gives insight into the way of life of the Sinagua peoples who inhabited these sites in prehistoric times. 1994.
60 minutes VHS The buttes and spires, monoliths and buttresses rise from the sandy floor of Monument Valley in a magical combination of barrenness and elegance. An artistic Mother Nature created this austerely beautiful landscape over the ages, sculpting the stone with sand, water, wind, heat, and cold, forming the fantastic shapes that today fill this place of mystical beauty. 1993.
92 minutes DVD Twenty-two Native American frybread makers, representing all twenty-two tribes in Arizona, convene in Flagstaff to compete for the first ever, first annual, state of Arizona Frybread Championship. 2011
58 minutes VHS Documentary portrait of a small Native American tribe struggling to retain what is left of its culture. Focuses on 77-year-old Chief Marie Smith, the last of Alaska's Eyak Indians to speak the language of her people and her journey to her childhood home on the coast of Prince William Sound to revive potlach and pass on her Native Language. 1995.
56 minutes VHS Between 850 and 1150 AD, the Chacoan people constructed massive ceremonial buildings in a complex celestial pattern throughout a vast desert region. Aerial and time lapse footage and computer modeling show how the Chacoan culture designed, oriented and located these buildings in relationship to the sun and moon. Pueblo Indians, descendants of the Chacoan people, also speak of the significnce of Chaco to the Pueblo world today. 1999.
26 minutes VHS Follows a young Ojibwe, Richard LaFernier, as he sets up his tent, honors his ancestors, dresses and paints himself for a powwow, dances, and sings at powwows in northern Wisconsin. His shelter, his prayers, many items in his dress, and his face paint demonstrate how he is rooted in a long historical tradition and part of a large family network, but is also part of the 1990s. 1996.
30 minutes DVD This classic six part series which aired on PBS during the nation's bicentenial examines the careers of some of the most talented Native American artists of the Southwest as they were unfolding at the time. The many examples of their work, combined with the intimate glimpses of Indian cultures, make each program a valuable time capsule of an era when Native American art first began to attract the attention of the mainstram modern art community both in the U.S. and around the world. Titles in the Native American Artists series include: Grace Medicine Flower and Joseph Lone Wolf, Santa Clara potters. Fritz Scholder, California mission painter Allan Houser, Apache Sculptor R.C. Gorman, Navajo Painter Helen Hardin, Santa Clara painter Charles Loloma, Hopi jeweler. 2003.
50 minutes VHS Momaday discusses what it means to a Native American to be an American citizen, and reveals the artist, thinker, and imaginative creator behind his impressive and important body of work. 1995.
110 minutes VHS Follows the lives and relationships of three sisters as they attempt to start their own business. Of American Indian ancestry, but adopted by white foster parents as young children, each sister has her own identity issues and each has chosen a very different career path. Now dedicated to starting a Native cosmetic business, they attempt to overcome obstacles both in the business world and in the home. A touching love story of family and culture, the film also interweaves a subtle but strong wake-up call regarding the treatment of Native people in corporate America, and provides some insight into tribal infrastructure and gaming issues. This is the first film about Native American women written, directed, produced and starring Native American women. 1997.
27 minutes VHS George Nasoftie recorded this statement in his fields. His statements are a rich linguistic expression of a profound philosophical system in which all things are related. These interrelationships pervade this videotape, especially the Hopi agriculture and religious cycles. Includes video guide, with transcript. 1980.
16 minutes VHS Navajos tell their own story of survival in the harsh yet beautiful land of Northern Arizona. Includes information on daily family life, rituals, and the role of women in religious, social and cultural life. Published by the Museum of Northern Arizona. 1997.
24 minutes VHS The Navajo Indians live on the high desert lands of northern Arizona, New Mexico and southern Utah, known as the Colorado Plateau. In their own tongue they are called Dine, The People. Numbering 170,000 they are the largest trbie in North America, occupying lands roughly the size of West Virginia. Photographed amoung the rugged red rock monoliths of Monument Valley and the canyons of the Colorado Plateau, the viewer will appreciate why the Navajo calls this land sacred. 1980.
43 minutes VHS Describes the role of a select group of Navajo Marines who developed a code based on their own native language that provided a means for secure communications among American forces in the Pacific during World War II. 1998.
58 minutes DVD
Follows Navajo students in a lively collaboration with mathematicians. The math circles approach emphasizes student-centered learning by putting children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction. The documentary reveals the challenges in education for the Navajo Nation. Applications of math in Native culture provide tools for increasing math literacy, highlighting the special connections between Navajo culture, natural beauty, and mathematics. The presence of math circles raises the hopes of parents, students, and teachers for a brighter future.
40 minutes DVD Documents the life of Arlene Bowman's grandmother on the Navajo Reservation in Lower Greasewood, Arizona; then, documents the filming of her granddaughter, who does not know Navajo, as she tries to get help interpreting for another film that she'll be in along with her grandmother. Looks at the contrasting attitudes of her grandmother, living and thinking in traditional ways, to being filmed and granddaughter as the urbanized filmmaker who grew up speaking English among white people. 2000.
52 minutes DVD Navajo Indian Marine Corp veterans from World War II relate their stories as they recall the indecipherable code they created for military intelligence, based on their native language. 2003.
55 minutes VHS Documents Ojibwe women's attempts to restore and preserve their Native American culture and heritage. They recall painful memories of growing up trying to conform to a white man's view of the world, a view that saw Indian ways as bad. They discuss the negative influence of the mission schools, the desecration of Indian sacred and ceremonial artifacts and grounds, and the movement by Indians to reassert their treaty rights. 1994.
10 minutes DVD This documentary explores the significance of Native American artist Nora Naranjo-Morse's earth sculpture commissioned by the city of Albuquerque as a response to a controversial public sculpture of Spanish explorer Don Juan De Oñate and his settlers marching into New Mexico. 2005.
29 minutes VHS Through intimate Elder's stories, archeologist's insights, visits to tribal wild rice research stations and children's language classes at the Fond du Lac Ojibwe school, the cultural continuum of the wild rice harvest is beautifully portrayed. 1997.
101 minutes DVD An Indian woman's visions and a geologist's investigation of an earthquake come together to reveal secrets about the atrocities that took place at a Native American boarding school. 2010.
40 minutes VHS After sundown on a winter night, the traditional time for a western Apache storytelling session, Rudolph Kane tells the story of a boy who became a gaan, a supernatural being with curative powers. It is followed by a cycle of eight "trickster" stories including the theft of fire and a tar baby story. Includes video guide, with transcript. 1980.
60 minutes VHS A Minnesota museum introduces Indian children to the wonders of science by exploring the natural world through interaction with Native elders, and a Dakota tribe teaches traditional values as part of a Native curriculum that introduces Dakota language and culture to their children in preschool. The program also shows how Alaska is continuing the tradition of Native awareness. 1995.
96 minutes DVD Aboriginal filmmaker and artist Alanis Obomsawin chronicles the the Listuguj Mi'gmaq people to use and manage the natural resources of their traditional lands. Includes public performance rights. 2006.
35 minutes VHS Yurok, Karuk and Tolowa cultural summer camps are established for the purpose of reconstructing early village dance sites. As young work together with tribal elders, they also experience: surf-fishing, fish drying, sand-breadmaking, Indian card games, songs, stick-games, net making and history of their grandfathers and great-grandfathers. 1980.
60 minutes VHS Examines the relationship of American Indians to the Black Hills as a sacred place. Explores the history of the Black Hills both before & during white settlement, & govt. relations with Am. In. since. 1994.
92 minutes DVD
Featuring stunning footage from seven winters in the Arctic, takes us through time into the world of the Inuit in the northern reaches of Canada. Connecting past, present and future is the Inuit's unique relationship with the eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters--but industrial projects and dambuilding have thrown the balance far off and threatened the Inuit's way of life to a perilous tipping point.
115 minutes DVD Internationally recognized artist, James Luna draws from over thirty years of his artwork to present a performative lecture that deals with the realities of race from and insider's perspective of being of Native American and Mexican American heritage. The stories presented are about the strife, misconceptions, and commodification of ethnicity in America. 2013.
87 minutes VHS Portrays current and past ways of life of the Pomo Indians and demonstrates the skill of Pomo basketmaking, featuring three well-known elders. Pt. 2. A history of change, a continuing tradition. 1994.
87 minutes VHS Portrays current and past ways of life of the Pomo Indians and demonstrates the skill of Pomo basketmaking, featuring three well-known elders. Pt. 3. The people, the plants, the rules. 1994.
53 minutes DVD This documentary follows the Navajo, Hopi and Lakota Sioux tribes, as they find ways to introduce renewable energy projects into their communites through a grassroots movement that the filmmakers have tracked over the past two years. 2009.
16 minutes VHS Introduces ceremonies, songs, dances and other rituals as seen at an intertribal gathering of North American Indians. Includes interviews with the participants who express their resolve to pass along this heritage to their children. 1980.
360 minutes DVD Throughout the 20th Century, Indians and images of Indians became popular for use in branding products and as mascots for athletic teams. As the 21st Century began, these mascots received new scrutiny and disapproval, most recently with the decision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to prohibit the use of certain mascots and images at NCAA-sponsored events. This conference featured key players in the ongoing dispute over the propriety of Indian mascots, and explored both the legal and ethical implications of the use of such imagery by American universities and public schools. 2006.
47 minutes DVD A fresh and long overdue 'study' of white people from the Inuit point of view. Not surprisingly, these 'Qallunologists' find the ways of white culture a bit peculiar and often riotously funny. [The researchers] consider their odd dating habits, their lame attempts at Arctic exploration, their overbearing bureaucrats and curious obsession with owning property. 2006.
29 minutes DVD Prior to 1978, Indian children were being placed in foster care at a nationwide rate 10-20 times higher than non-Native children. These children often lost all connections with their families, extended families, tribes, and cultural heritage. Public Law 95-608, the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 was passed to remedy the problem of disproportionately large numbers of Indian children being placed in foster care. The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) requires that Indian children be placed in Indian homes for foster care or adoption and gives the children's tribe certain rights to participate in the placement procedure. This documentary is an examination of the Child Welfare System, the Indian Child Welfare Act and the laws that work against it. 2007.
42 minutes DVD Examines the history of Native American voting rights in the United States and New Mexico. It follows narratives including the history of the Pueblo revolt, the evolution of Native voting rights, the Laguna Tribe's 2004 voter registration drive, the passage of new legislation to support and protect Native American voting rights, and a battle to preserve sacred petroglyphs in Albuquerque. 2010.
68 minutes DVD "Santa Fe-based sculptor Bob Haozous (Apache) presents the spring 2012 installment of the Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture in Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community. Bob Haozous is one of the most important Native sculptors of the Native American Fine Art Movement. His innovation and experimentations with materials push the boundaries of "Indian" art--the boundaries that his father, Allan Houser, helped to define. He is best known for his monumental cut steel pieces which often deal with poignant topical issues. He approaches these issues with a bit of a bite and a good dose of humor. His injection of humor allows the serious issues to be more palatable and to have a universal presence."--ASU Project Humanities website. 2013.
90 minutes VHS Places the alcohol problems of Native Americans within the context of the historical destruction of indigenous peoples and culture and the stereotype of the drunken Indian. Documents a growing social movement which combines ancient spiritual traditions with modern medical approaches in substance abuse recovery. 1995.
88 minutes DVD Travelling through the heartland of America, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond examines how the myth of the movie "Injun" has influenced the world's understanding - and misunderstanding - of Natives. With clips from hundreds of classic and recent films, and candid interviews with celebrated Native and non-Native directors, writers, actors and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell, Charlie Hill and Russell Means, Reel Injun traces the evolution of cinema's depiction of Native people from the silent film era to the present day. 2010.
54 minutes DVD After anthropologist Spencer MacCallum bought pottery at Bob's Swap Shop in Deming, New Mexico, in 1976, he set out to find the artist. Upon meeting Juan Quezada in Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, MacCallum ecourages Quezada to continue and refine his work. The nearly defuct Mexican town began to thrive when hundreds of other in the community became proficient as potters under the tutelage of Juan Quezada, including the artist Diego Valles. Including commentary by MacCallum, Quezada, Valles and Walter Parks, author of the book, "Miracle of Mata Ortiz." 2011.
57 minutes DVD The resurfacing of a decades-old film reunites a man and his family and explores radioactivity problems on the Navajo reservation. The original film, Navaho boy: the Monument Valley story, produced by Robert J. Kennedy, chronicled the Cly and Begay families. The new film, Return of Navajo boy, juxtaposes the families' lives now and then. The current film also explores the effects of uranium exposure from the mines on the Navajo Nation on the health of the Navajo people. It documents the return/reunion of John Wayne Cly, a Navaho boy, taken as a child by missionaries around 1960 from his Navajo family. Includes public performance rights. 2001.
93 minutes DVD The Return of Navajo Boy reunited a Navajo family and triggered a federal investigation into uranium contamination. It tells the story of Elsie Mae Begay, whose history in pictures reveals an on going struggle for environmental justice. A new epilogue (produced in 2008) shows how the film and Groundswell Educational Films' outreach campaign create news and rally supporters including Congressman Henry Waxman, Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform who has mandated a clean-up plan by the five agencies that are responsible for uranium contamination. 2011.
90 minutes DVD Set on and around Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Rez Bomb is a love story/thriller about a Lakota girl and a white guy who are very much in love but get themselves into trouble with a brutal money lender and its against the clock for them to bail themselves out. 2009.
55 minutes DVD Follows Jack Kohler, a Yurok/Karuk Indian, on a journey of self-discovery in the land of his ancestors. Jack learns about the traditions of his people and their struggles to defend tribal rights and restore the wild salmon of the Klamath River Basin. River of Renewal documents eight years of protest and acts of civil disobedience as Indian tribes, farmers, and commercial fisherman defend their ways of life. The film witnesses a remarkable turnaround. Politically polarized stakeholders and government agencies overcome bitter divisions in reaching a consensus about the future -- a future that could bring the largest dam removal/river restoration project in history. 2009.
113 minutes DVD The story of the Shiprock Lady Chieftains basketball team, largely Navaho, whose new coach (Jerry Richardson) led them from a group of girls who expected to lose to the position of state champions, meanwhile learning to overcome the differences in race, gender and cultural heritage that divided them to achieve a sense of pride and accomplishment for themselves, their team and their community. 2002.
28 minutes VHS Silko reflects on the nature of Laguna storytelling, its functions, and the problems she has faced as an Indian poet. Though some of the contemporary stories appear to fall into the category of idle gossip, Silko discusses how these stories are in fact current versions of traditional tales. Includes video guide. 1980.
57 minutes VHS Discusses the issue of the controversy between Indians and scientists on the excavations and study of Indian burial grounds and remains. Examines the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) passed in 1990, its underlying moral and political issues, its practical consequences, and the prospects for science in the post-NAGPRA world. 1996.
28 minutes 16 seconds VHS Grandmothers from the Spokane, Couer d'Alene, and Nez Perce tribes recall and demonstrate some of the roles of grandmothers, including culture carrier, teacher, child disciplinarian and historian. 1990.
23 minutes VHS Archaeologists have been able to generate a computer simulation of the final, fatal moments of the Battle of Little Bighorn. The reconstruction shows a Native American triumph rather than Custer's defeat, representing a dramatic reversal from the way the battle has traditionally been portrayed. 1993.
51 minutes VHS The "enchanted talk" of Yaqui deer songs as they are sung and danced to at a fiesta, the pahko, which lasts from dusk to dawn. Yaqui deer songs are religious expressions of the flower world. Includes video guide. 1980.
75 minutes DVD The Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center: for more than 120 years, Mohawk ironworkers have raised America's modern cityscapes. They are called 'Skywalkers' because they walk fearlessly atop steel beams just a foot wide, high above the city. Who are these Mohawk sky walkers? What is their secret for overcoming fear? Or is it the pure need to adapt in order to survive? And what is their life really like, when every Friday at quitting time, they jump in their cars and make the eight-hour drive up north to their families on the reservation? 2011.
57 minutes DVD Features a young Tlingit businessman-Cory Mann in Juneau, Alaska. While nostalgic for his childhood, Cory spends a summer at his family's traditional fish camp. Cory attempts to navigate the intersection of the modern world and his ancient culture. The film unites story-lines of a Native Alaskan fish camp, a compelling personal journey, and dynamic vignettes of Tlingit history and culture. 2011.
56 minutes DVD This film explores the controversy surrounding the recently proposed ski resort expansion and snowmaking with wastewater on the San Francisco Peaks as Native American tribal officials and spiritual leaders, Forest Service officials, and concerned citizens discuss the issues: sacred lands protection, public health concerns associated with groundbreaking studies on wastewater, economic misconceptions, threats to the environment, global warming and a small community caught in the conflict. 2005.
105 minutes DVD When a plane carrying Charlie Halliday and a sick, Inuit woman, Kanaalay, crashes hundreds of miles from civilization, they are at the mercy of nature's worst. While search parties try to locate the place, Charlie decides to trek overland promising the woman he will return with help. Despite her sickness, she follows Charlie. Kanaalay teaches him the skills he will need in order to survive and he comes to respect her wisdon and her spirit. 2005.
30 minutes VHS This documentary of Interior Alaska music was shot on location in Minto Flats, and features the lifestyle of hunting people, animals, and the development of a song in the oral tradition of the Minto. 1985.
34 minutes VHS The discovery of uranium deposits and the development of extensive mining have made inroads upon traditional Laguna Pueblo life while providing material benefits for the Indians who are disrupted. Harold Littlebird incorporates contemporary themes into his work, retaining the Pueblo reverence for the spoken work. Includes video guide. 1980.
50 minutes DVD Everett Soop, a Blackfoot with muscular dystrophy, is an outspoken journalist and political cartoonist - a crusader for Native rights and a man of acerbic wit. Includes public performance rights. 1998.
16 minutes DVD Presents information on the Southwest Indian Foundation mission to lessen the poverty and unemployment among the Native Americans of the Southwest, specifically members of the Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, Laguna, Acoma, and Apache tribes. 2008.
60 minutes VHS Combines an acted re-creation of the creation of a rock painting site in the Canadian Shield boreal forest area of northern Saskatchewan with a documentary-style explanation of what we know about the origins, meanings, and age of these ancient rock paintains (pictographs). 2005
53 minutes DVD Presents the historical background, economic conditions, and legal arguments surrounding Alex White Plume and his family after they began successfully -- and legally, according to the Oglala Sioux Tribe's ordinance -- farming industrial hemp on the tribe's South Dakota Badlands reservation. 2007.
125 minutes DVD
Princess Leia is captured and held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to take over the galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and two robots (R2-D2 and C-3PO) work together to rescue the princess and restore justice in the Empire.
27 minutes VHS In 1913, the Oáhu Sugar Company built a tunnel and pipe system totalling 27 miles from the Koólau mountains to the Éwa plain for irrigation during the height of the sugar industry boom. The water diversion severely affected subsistence farming and marine life on the Windward side of the island. This film tells the story of the effort to restore streams and the communities which depend on them. 1996.
59 minutes VHS Describes the discovery of a celestial calendar in the Chaco Canyon in New Mexico which was constructed more than 1,000 years ago by the Anasazi Indians. Tells of the workings of the Calendar. 1982.
28 minutes VHS This unique documentary shows an ancient, sacred Apache ceremony that has never before been filmed. The Sunrise Ceremony marks the passage from adolescence to adulthood for young Apache women. This documentary focuses on 13 year old Maureen Nachu, who lives on the Fort Apache Reservation, in Whiteriver, Arizona. 1994.
115 minutes VHS Using stories from Pueblo elders, interviews with Pueblo scholars and leaders, archival photographs, and historical accounts, this program explores the Pueblo Indians' 450-year struggle to preserve their culture, land, and religion despite European contact. 1992.
58 minutes DVD National Heritage Fellow Gerald Bruce Sùbiyay Miller, Skokomish Tribal Twana Indian leader, gathers and weaves a cedar bark mat and shares his life story and the teachings of the Tree People. 2006.
60 minutes VHS Illustrates what life was like six centuries ago in the Southwest. It transports you to some of the most spectacular archeological sites in the American Southwest, where the compelling cultural legacy of pre-Columbian Puebloan peoples has been unearthed and preserved. 1996.
59 minutes VHS Relates the legal battle between two Western Shoshone Indians and the U.S. government over land they claim is theirs according to the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley. The Shoshone way of life is portrayed. 1989.
115 minutes DVD Documents the forced removal in 1838 of the Cherokee Nation from the southeastern United States to Oklahoma. Shows the suffering endured by the Cherokees as they lost their land and the difficult conditions they endured on the trail. Describes how thousands of Cherokees died during the Trail of Tears, nearly a quarter of the nation, including most of their children and elders. 2006.
62 minutes DVD Attorney Arlinda Locklear demonstrates how attorneys for tribes have used the doctrine of discovery or federal common law to assert claims in tribal land claim cases. She lays out the history of the Oneida land claim case against the state of New York beginning in 1784 when the state began an aggressive campaign to acquire Oneida territory leading to the present. 2011.
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Chronicles the life and family history of Rhonda Larrabee, who grows up thinking she is a Chinese and French descent, but then discovers she is half-native. She is part of a forgotten First Nation in New Westminster, B.C. -the Qayqayt First Nation - and she helps re-establish the band and becomes its Chief. Includes public performance rights.
51 minutes DVD Examines the role of two-spirit people in the Navajo culture in the context of the story of a gay youth named Fred Martinez. Martinez was a nádleehí or a male-bodied person with a feminine essence, who was murdered in a hate crime at the age of sixteen. Discusses the traditional Native American perspective on gender and sexuality and the need for a balanced interrelationship between the feminine and masculine. Includes public performance rights. 2009.
49 minutes DVD Story about two police officers in Saskatoon dumping aboriginals in a barren field on the city outskirts at below freezing temperatures. One of the victims comes forward with his story and sets into motion a major RCMP investigation into several suspicious deaths, conviction of the two constables who abandoned him, and the reopening of an old case, leading to a judicial inquiry. Includes public performance rights. 2006.
236 minutes DVD Introduction -- In sickness and in wealth (56 min.) -- When the bough breaks (29 min.) -- Becoming American (29 min.) -- Bad sugar (29 min.) -- Place matters (29 min.) -- Collateral damage (29 min.) -- Not just a paycheck (30 min.). 2008.
82 minutes DVD Chronicles the senior year of three Navajo high-school students in New Mexico. Thomas, an elite runner; Tamara, an academic superstar; and Gabby, an aspiring photographer, as they navigate their senior year at a reservation high school. A PBS POV (Point Of View) documentary. 2012.
27 minutes VHS A story of the past, present and future told by the Haida people. The Haida offer a vantage of a people literally threatened with extinction that is a poignant parable and allegorical inspiration to the rest of the world. 1990.
85 minutes VHS The story of Leonard Peltier, an American Indian imprisoned at Leavenworth Penitentiary for the murder of two FBI agents in 1975 at the Pine Ridge Reservation. Looks back at the violent confrontations at Wounded Knee and Pine Ridge in the 70's, today's Indian reservations, as well as Peltier's odyssey through the American justice system. 1991.
57 minutes DVD Old memories surface when Hidatsa/Mandan filmmaker, J. Carlos Peindo, revisits the Upper Missouri River basin in North Dakota where his ancestors once lived. There he investigates the impact of the massive Garrison Dam project, constructed in the 1950's by the Army Corps of Engineers, which laid waste to a self-sufficient American Indian community, submerging fertile land and displacing his family and the people of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. 2006.
"The story of the Yup'ik people of Newtok, Alaska, who are being forced to relocate their village due to the erosion and flooding they are experiencing as a result of global warming. We meet some of the people who are being called America's first "climate refugees," and learn about the history and culture of the Yup'ik people of Newtok, who are being forced to relocate their village due to the erosion and flooding they are experiencing as a result of global warming."--Film's website.
57 minutes DVD Revealing the untold stories of creation and sales of Navajo rugs, Weaving Worlds presents a compelling and intimate portrait of economic and cultural survival through the art of weaving. 2008.
395 minutes DVD Mini-series and multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. Five 90-minute documentaries spanning three hundred years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective. Disc 1 : After the Mayflower (77 min.) -- Bonus features ; Disc 2 : Tecumseh's vision (86 min.) -- Trail of Tears (75 min.) ; Disc 3 : Geronimo (77 min.) -- Wounded Knee (79 min.). 2009.
56 minutes DVD The Wampanoag are celebrated at Thanksgiving as the Indians who saved the Pilgrims from starvation, but their linguistic heritage remained largely forgotten until Jessie Little Doe Baird discovered hundreds of documents written in their ancient language. Her efforts, which led to the reclamation of the Wampanoag language and culture, are explored in this documentary film. 2010.
56 minutes DVD An educational film that explores the unique ways in which young Native Americans are finding to express themselves in a contemporary world while maintaining strong traditional values. 2006.
56 minutes DVD This documentary explores the conflict between anthropologists and Indian people over the control of human remains found on ancestral Indian land. Includes public performance rights. 2001.
57 minutes VHS The Lakota Nation mourned the lives lost at the Wounded Knee Massacre for 100 years. Then a group of Lakota decided to bring their people out of mourning through a traditional ceremony known as Washigila; "Wiping the Tears." The Bigfoot Memorial Ride was that ceremony. 1992.
82 minutes DVD The Pine Ridge Reservation is no stranger to strife and heartbreak, stark realities and inspired idealism. We are brought directly into the emotional and often uncertain journey of Sunny Clifford, her twin sister Serena, and their politically ambitious friend Brandon Ferguson, who all share the compelling desire to make a difference for themselves and their community. Their political awakening begins when Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first female president of their tribe, defies a proposed South Dakota law criminalizing all abortion by threatening to build a women's clinic on the sovereign territory of the reservation. Sunny, just back on the reservation after two years in college, Serena, unwed and with a toddler, and Brendan with two little boys, find themselves immersed in this political battle as they struggle between opportunity and principle; between selling out or staying the course through twists and turns that they could not have anticipated. 2012.
70 minutes VHS Presents a portrait of Reuben Snake, a contemporary Native American leader and role model who speaks out on ecology, sacredness, intuitive thinking, and the "rebrowning of America." Combines Mr. Snake's storytelling with interviews of friends and relatives. 1996.