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#11900/0365  ANCIENT AMERICA SERIES (4 Programs) DVD
This Ancient America series consists of four 60-minute programs: NOMADS OF THE WEST THE EASTERN WOODLANDS THE SOUTHWEST THE NORTHWEST Grades 7 to A


#12424/1830  BLACK INDIANS: An American Story
Narrated by James Earl Jones, explores the historical connections that existed between the African American community after slavery and Native Americans. It is said that attitudes were such that for mixed-breed, so-called Black Indians, it was better to identify oneself with the Black side of one's heritage that with the Indian side. What other historical anomalies between these much persecuted minorities have been lost, stolen or forgotten?


#14286/1963  CANADA: Timoon and the Narwhal DVD
Immerse yourself in the culture and beliefs of the Inuit people through the captivating animations of this traditional tale. Grades 3 to 6


#14330/0545  CONTEMPORARY NATIVE AMERICAN AUTHORS (21 programs)
This series adds a novel dimension to multicultural, diversity, and literature curricula. Video classes are hosted by Dr. Jacquelyn Kilpatrick of Governors State University, and feature interactive discussion between students and major contemporary Native American authors. The authors provide insights to their fiction and poetry, and explain the impact of Native American philosophy, culture, and concerns on their work. Common discussion themes include the context in which the writers practice their craft and what it means to be a Native American author. Grades 8 to A


#16087/0545  CRUEL LESSONS: Canada's Residential Schools
Residential Schools, the term conjures up a history of abuse for Canada's First-Nation peoples - poignant reminders of the cultural and citizenship issues under investigation in the press, courts and Government. Their own language forbidden; constantly told their culture was inferior; subjected to physical and psychological abuse, four seniors (male and female) remember the cruel lessons absorbed during their "school days."


#15475/0450  ELY PARKER (SENECA): Warrior in Two Worlds
*WINNER OF MANY AWARDS including CINE Golden Eagle and BEST DOCUMENTARY - TELLY AWARDS Hosted and narrated by actor Wes Studi (Dances With Wolves), this is the compelling documentary on Ely Parker (Seneca), a 19th-Century Native American who defied racial barriers to succeed in two very different worlds. He was a Seneca Chief, a federal engineer, U.S. Commissioner of Indian Affairs and, as Civil War Secretary to General Ulysses S. Grant, he wrote down the terms of surrender at Appomattox. Yet his successes became tainted with controversy, and his quest for the American dream turned tragic. Soundtrack by Joanne Shenandoah.


#12268/2165  FALLEN FEATHER: Canada's Indian Residential Schools
Provides an in-depth critical analysis of the driving forces behind the creation of Canadian Indian Residential Schools. The film argues that the lasting effects that First Nations in Canada suffer today can be traced back directly to their experiences within these schools. Finally, we as Canadians are all challenged to re-examine our shared history.Grades 9 to A


#14326/0545  FIRST SCIENTISTS (THE)
Scientific disciplines like astronomy, ecology, engineering, zoology, and even artificial intelligence have all been influenced by the knowledge learned by the First Peoples of North America. Grades 8 to A


#14723/1317  GREAT INDIAN WARS 1540-1890
The year 1540 was a crucial turning point in American history. The Great Indian Wars were incited by Francisco Vazquez de Coronado when his expedition to the Great Plains launched the inevitable 350-year struggle between the white man and the American Indians. From that point forward, the series of battles between the military and civilian forces of the United States and the native American Indians began when blood was shed and ultimately tens of thousands of lives were lost on both sides. This DVD set also includes bonus features containing biographies, timelines, rare photographs and maps! 3 hours 55 minutes.


#14725/1445  GREAT NATIVE AMERICAN LEADERS (4 Programs)
Historic photographs and graphics, dramatic reenactments, maps, haunting music, and their own words of four of the greatest Native American leaders. The Series includes four 15 minute programs: CHIEF JOSEPH AND THE NEZ PERCE INDIANS CRAZY HORSE AND THE LAKOTA SIOUX GERONIMO AND THE APACHE INDIANS QUANAH PARKER AND THE COMANCHE INDIANS Grades 3 to 8


#14720/1445  GREAT NATIVE AMERICAN NATIONS (6 Programs)
Six of America's representative Native American nations from five major geographic areas are portrayed here by historic photographs and graphics, dramatic reenactments, maps, haunting music, and the people's own words. The Series includes six 10 minute programs: SHAWNEE: Indians of the Midwest SEMINOLES: Indians of the Southeast NAVAJO: Indians of the Southwest CHEYENNE: Indians of the Plains IROQUOIS: Indians of the Northeast LAKOTA SIOUX: Indians of the PlainsGrades 3 to 8


#12425/1830  HOW TO TRACE YOUR NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE *Telly Award and Crystal of Excellence
*WINNER! Telly Award and Crystal of Excellence This program teaches how to search out your Native American ancestors, obtain tribal citizenship, how to research the Dawes Rolls and discover your heritage. A valuable resource for anyone looking to discover or establish their Native American ancestry. Narrated by Gregg Howard.


#15474/0450  IN CARIBOU COUNTRY: The Adventures of W.B. Cabot
William Brooks Cabot (1858-1949) was an eminent engineer in New England who would escape city life and the demands of engineering to explore the wild waterways and native lands of northern Canada. He made annual trips from 1903 - 1910 to Labrador, Canada, to meet the Innu, then known as the Naskapi, native people - an almost mythical band of caribou hunters who had minimal contact with the outside world. He mapped their routes, visited their hunting camps, kept a journal, which eventually became his book, IN NORTHERN LABRADOR, which was published in 1912, and photographed what he could of the native people's life that changed dramatically when the caribou disappeared. This fascinating documentary is an account of that stunning record of Innu life at that time.


#15442/0635  INDIAN SCHOOL: Stories of Survival
Proposing to "kill the Indian and save the man", U.S. Army captain Richard H. Pratt envisioned an educational system that would erase Native American culture and "civilize" the continent’s indigenous people. His chosen method? Removing children from Pennsylvania’s tribal communities and confining them in barracks-style schools - initially the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, which Pratt founded in 1879. In myopic terms it was a remarkably effective strategy, and Carlisle became a cruel model for institutions all over the U.S. and Canada, including Michigan’s Mount Pleasant Indian School. Subjected to emotional, physical, and spiritual abuse, Mount Pleasant students were inevitably alienated from their families, native languages, and tribal religions. *This program is Closed Captioned This film combines archival materials with present-day interviews to make clear just how inhumane the system was.


#13664/0493  INDIGENOUS RESTORATION
Documents the "Concert for Indigenous Restoration" - a performance event of traditional and modern music, dance and ceremonial performances - that spotlights North American Native elders and artists from Alaska to Mexico who share grave concern over for the planet. Performers speak about the issues and describe the significance of their performances in their native culture.


#14528/1963  IROQUOIS (THE)
The Iroquois, also known as the "OGWEO:WEH," were a harmonious Indian confederacy made up of six tribes -- the Seneca, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Mohawk and Tuscarora -- who stood behind principles of peace, equality and justice. British and French territorial battles stripped the Iroquois of their land, and federal government schools set up to "take the Indian out of the Indian" resulted in a loss of tribal language and culture. Today, the Iroquois live in western New York and southern Canada. Grades 5 to A


#6274/0635  JOURNAL OF THE FIRST AMERICANS (5 Programs)
This series explores the experiences of Native Americans throughout North America today, including the difficult issues they face as they fight to hold on to their lands, their cultures, and their spirituality. There are five 60-minute programs: A LINE DRAWN ON A MAP - Living deep in the Canadian wilderness, the Lac La Croix band of Ojibway INDIAN HOUSING: Challenges and Solutions SACRED LANDS, WHITE MAN'S LAWS OUR CHILDREN, OUR FUTURE - The future of Indian people lies with their children. OUR IDENTITY, OUR LAND - The Kanaka Maoli, the original people of Hawaii Grades 9 to A


#15349/0605  LACANDON MAYA (THE)
Interweaving past and present and combining fabulous archival film and photographs with current documentary footage, The Lacandon Maya tells the story of an isolated community catapulted into civilization within the space of one generation.


#13502/0493  MOHAWK WISDOM KEEPERS
"These two films - MOHAWK WISDOM KEEPERS and IROQUOIS SPEAK OUT FOR MOTHER EARTH - are a priceless record of the teachings of ancient wisdom in relation to contemporary times, and will be as useful to future generations as they are to us today." Eric Noyes, American Indian Institute. Bozeman, Montana This compelling documentary depicts the traditional teachings and beliefs of five noted Mohawk Elders regarding spiritual tradition and the need to respect the earth. These women and men speak of medicines, the great law of peace and keeping our world sacred for the future seven generations that will come.


#16123/0881  MOOSE RIVER CROSSING: The Terrible Legacy of Residential Schools
*WINNER! World Film Awards MOOSE RIVER CROSSING examines the premise and asks the question "Does time heal all wounds?" Six childhood friends and former residential school students meet at the train station to travel to their school reunion. It's been eighteen years. As the minutes move to hours and a derailed train delays their travel, these six adults flash to the past; the love, the lies, the pain of childhood lost and finally resolution. Their reunion insulated in the stark lobby of the train station, proves to be the door that opens a path to healing. MOOSE RIVER CROSSING is a reunion not simply of old friends but a resolution, a crossing over and a letting go.


#11212/0365  MORE THAN BOWS AND ARROWS
This classic video provides details on the many contributions made by the First Nations of North America to the development of medicine, drugs, architecture, science, urban development, the study of the environment, transportation, government, national destiny and show business. Grades 7 to A


#15036/1317  NATIVE AMERICA: Voices from the Land
An Historical Overview of America's Indigenous People! Take a captivating journey through Native North-American culture, past and present with this compelling collection of 32 documentaries. Examines Native North-American culture, past and present, and its attempts to halt assimilation and retain native cultural traditions. Through historical and contemporary photographs, paintings, artwork, archive footage, reenactments and interviews, the rich culture and history of America's aboriginal people is showcased. Witness the struggles and hardships, the practices and traditions, the art and beauty of this country's natives past, present and future. On two discs - total 9 hours and 48 minutes


#12426/1830  NATIVE AMERICAN HEALING IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Ancient remedies now endorsed by modern medicine! This program is a comprehensive look at the healing practices of American Indians and how so many of those natural remedies are applicable to today's alternative health-conscious society.


#14116/2003  NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY: Native American Influence on the U.S.
Discover the fascinating ways in which the U.S. was profoundly affected by the native cultures that were here thousands of years before Europeans. Explore the ways in which the government, economy, agriculture, medicine, language and legal system are still influenced by Native American contributions. Explore your first impressions of the word "Indian". Discover Native American contributions to medicine, agriculture and the environment.


#14289/1963  NATIVE AMERICAN LIFE
Irene Bedard, the recognized voice of Disney's Pocahontas, narrates this journey through Native American history created especially for children. Grades K to 4


#11748/0635  NATIVE AMERICAN RELIGIONS (from I BELIEVE Series)
Much is said of the 'spirituality' of the First Nations of North America but not much is understood about how this characteristic ties into what is normally thought of as 'religion'. In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about Native American religions with Suzan Shown Harjo, executive director of The Morning Star Institute in Washington, D.C. *This program is sub-titled


#15476/0450  NATIVE AMERICANS (Spirit of America Series)
What does it mean to be a Native American? Perhaps Native American model Stormy Hollingsworth (Ute) says it best, "to be proud, to know that our past and our whole history is a circle of life." This program introduces us to members of the Ute, Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Omaha nations, who reveal that Indians' lives are based on a circle which incorporates their beliefs in respecting their heritage, preserving their traditions and educating their young.


#14710/1445  NATIVE AMERICANS BEFORE COLUMBUS (5 Programs)
This series of five 24-minute programs studies American Indian cultures showing the complex history that led to their rich diversity. THE SOUTHWEST INDIANS; THE EASTERN INDIANS: THE NORTHWEST INDIANS; THE GREAT BASIN INDIANS; and, THE PLAINS INDIANS. Grades 5 to 12


#11657/0635  NATIVE AMERICANS: Celebrating Traditions
Once forced to hide their heritage, Native Americans now enjoy both an acceptance and a celebration of their history and culture. By presenting the experiences of Native Americans from a wide array of fields including artisans, performers, and teachers, this program shows how many tribes are returning to the traditions and spirituality of their ancestors.


#11832/0635  NATIVE VOICE: The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
The Smithsonian collection of Native American historical artifacts is world renowned. Viewers get a very interesting introduction to this unique gathering of historical material. Grades 9 to A


#15472/0635  POCAHONTAS: Her True Story
As the tale goes, Pocahantas, age 12, saved the gallant John Smith from the "savages" in her tribe. The relationship blossomed into love, and Pocahontas went with Smith to London, where British society undoubtedly perceived her as an exotic creature. This program holds that legend up to historical scrutiny. Interviews with Pocahontas’ descendants provide a new perspective on the life and times of this revered Native American heroine.


#12421/1830  ROMANCE OF A VANISHING RACE
This DVD includes three actual historic motion pictures of Native Americans and their life-style in the early 1900s. Featuring Tribal Chiefs who participated in the Last Great Indian Council and several who fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.


#5216/0635  SACRED SPIRIT: The Lakota Sioux, Past and Present
The history, culture, and present day circumstances of the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe are the subject of this video. Their spiritual connection to nature and the destruction of their traditional way of life are explained. Grades 9 to A


#14722/0635  SAND CREEK MASSACRE: Seven Hours That Changed American History
On November 29, 1864, Col. John Chivington and 800 troops of the First Colorado Cavalry attacked a peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho camp - massacring women, children, and the elderly. This program introduces the Sand Creek atrocity to viewers in a way that written texts and dramatizations cannot.


#11242/1332  SINGING HOME THE BONES: A Poet Becomes Himself
This arts documentary - suffused with humour and pathos - chronicles Métis poet Gregory Scofield's lifelong striving to piece together his fractured identity.


#14696/0697  SITTING BULL
Who was Sitting Bull and why does his name remain one of the most recognizable in the history, myths and legends of the American west? Was it due to his defeat of Custer at Little Big Horn? Perhaps that he attempted to find refuge from the Americans in southern Saskatchewan with 5000 of his fellow Sioux but was rejected by the then Canadian government and had to return to a U.S. reserve.Grades 5 to 9


#13031/0605  SPIRITS FOR SALE: The Commercialization of American Indian Rituals
When Annika is given an eagle feather by a Native American visiting Sweden, she realizes it is a sacred object which should probably not be in her hands. Native American ceremonies are being commercialized for "outsiders," arousing resentment in the Native community. Annika sets out to find the feather's rightful owner. She meets many Native Americans who are bitter, believing they are "the forgotten people." But others are fighting to preserve their culture and their faith as well as to protect their land.


#12428/1830  TALES OF WONDER I and II
Tales of Wonder I and II (as seen on PBS) showcases Native American stories for children, as told in the Native American tradition by acclaimed storyteller and linguist Gregg Howard. "Tales of Wonder" has been used in a curriculum unit developed by the Stanford University Program on International and Cross-cultural Education.


#12423/1830  TRAIL OF TEARS: CHEROKEE LEGACY
"Trail of Tears Cherokee Legacy" explores America’s darkest period: President Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation to Oklahoma in 1838. Nearly a quarter of the Cherokee National died during the Trail of Tears, arriving in Indian Territory with few elders and even fewer children.


#13343/0635  UPSTREAM BATTLE: A Case Study in Native American Fishing Rights
The Karuk, Yurok, and Hoopa peoples live along northern California’s Klamath River, and each tribe’s ancient culture revolves around the majestic Pacific salmon. Today, four large hydroelectric dams have made salmon extinction there a real and frightening possibility. This case study follows tribal members as they confront the owners of the dams - specifically, a global energy giant in Scotland which is subsequently bought out by Warren Buffett’s corporate empire. *CC


#12427/1830  WALELA LIVE IN CONCERT
This is an inspirational musical journey of the Spirit as performed by Rita Coolidge, her sister Priscilla Coolidge, and Priscilla's daughter Laura Satterfield. Walela, the Cherokee language word for Hummingbird and the symbol of inspiration for this harmonious family of women singers.


#12815/1725  WE SHALL REMAIN
A provocative series that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. Five heartbreaking, yet inspiring stories highlight Native ingenuity and resilience over the course of 300 years. Upends two-dimensional stereotypes of American Indians as simply ferocious warriors or peaceable lovers of the land. 1. AFTER THE MAYFLOWER 2. TECUMSEH'S VISION 3. TRAIL OF TEARS 4. GERONIMO 5. WOUNDED KNEE


#14721/0635  WORLD OF AMERICAN INDIAN DANCE (THE)
For centuries dancing was part of virtually every aspect of Native American life. Although outlawed at times by the U.S. government and performed out of context for Wild West shows, dancing now unifies tribal nations and preserves Indian heritage. This documentary explores the dynamics of competition dancing - its artistry, origins, and meanings, as well as the clash between progress and tradition that marks the contest powwow.


#6299/1040  YOUR HUMBLE SERPENT: The Wisdom of Reuben Snake
This multi-award-winning program contains an uncut presentation, given by Native American activist Reuben Snake in 1991, which he called "The Rebrowning of America". This speech, which he gave several times during the last few years of his life, offers a calm, confidant and insightful look into the history and future of America and the World. Grades 9 to A


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