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Filmography - Indigenous Peoples of the Americas: U.S. / Canada

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of March 2011

Filmography - Indigenous Peoples of the Americas - U.S./Canada

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of March 2011. 

Most streaming videos listed are available exclusively to AU students, staff and faculty after an online authentications by AUID#.

Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the ALADIN catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible. To find titles acquired after this filmography was last updated, use keyword searching in ALADIN (catalog.wrlc.org).

 

Allan Houser, Apache Sculptor 1976. 1 streaming video file (30 min.). Sculptor Allan Houser won international recognition for his depiction of the stoic, powerful figures of his Chiricahua Apache and Navajo families in wood, stone, and metal. This program follows Houser-also acclaimed for his murals and paintings-from quarry to studio, where he sculpts a face in marble, and to the Shidoni Foundry, where he casts a bronze head. The art of Houser, whose father was with Geronimo in 1886, blends his people's heritage with his own personal spirit of adventure to create iconic figures and images that honor the past while looking to the future. (30 minutes). E-resource only
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Ancestral Voices 1 streaming video file (60 min.). This program features poets who turn to the past and to their own cultural heritage to understand the present. They eloquently reflect their own personal journeys through poetry. Garrett Kaoru Hongo's work reflects his Japanese-American heritage. Hongo began to write poetry because he wanted more than anything to belong to the history of Asians in America.Joy Harjo's poetry is influenced by her Native American heritage. Her poetry emphasizes the oral tradition and sacred imagery of her Native American ancestors. Mary TallMountain's work draws on her Native American and Anglo background. Her poetry recalls her childhood memories of life in an Alaskan village and the life she left behind when she was adopted by an Anglo family. (60 minutes). VHS 783 and E-resource
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Battle of Little Big Horn. Command decisions: History channel: American history in video. 2008. 1 electronic resource (22 min.). E-resource only
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Black Indians an American story Circle of life series: "Circle of life" series (Rich-Heape Films). 2000. 1 videodisc (60 min.). Narrated by James Earl Jones and with music by The Neville Brothers this video explores the issue of racial identity among Native and African Americans. This in-depth documentary examines the coalescence of these two groups in American history. DVD 1791

Black robe 1998. 1 videodisc (101 min.). In the 17th century, Father Laforgue, a young Jesuit priest, is assigned to go up river into the Canadian wilderness to convert the Huron Indians. His young aide and translator, Daniel, falls in love with Annuka, the daughter of the Algonquin chief. Torn between his own desires and ideals of the priesthood, Laforgue's faith is tested, and his life and the outcome of the mission imperiled, as the expedition faces the elements and hostile Indians. VHS 5253 and DVD 189

Blood Tests Native American Gamble 1996. 1 streaming video file (50 min.). Steve Jones investigates what constitutes Native American blood, then follows three individuals as they use DNA matching of a female gene to attempt to confirm a genetic link between themselves and their Pequot ancestors. How Native Americans were disconnected from their heritage is examined by several tribal members, and the point is made that some want to establish their Indian bloodlines to share in the growing profits from casino gambling on reservations. Native American activist Tom Porter stresses the importance of cultural connections, and predicts the imminent extinction of the Mohawk culture. Original BBC broadcast title: Indian Roulette. (50 minutes). E-resource only
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Blunden Harbour Ethnographic video online. 2004. 1 streaming video (22 min.). Portrays Pacific Northwest Indian life as seen in one group of Kwakiutl Indians living in Blunden Harbour and sustaining themselves by the sea. The narration recounts their legends and depicts their present workday life. E-resource only
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Bones of Contention: Native American Archaeology 1995. 1 streaming video file (49 min.). The remains of more than 10,000 Native Americans unearthed at archaeological sites across the U.S. are in the possession of museums such as the Smithsonian. Is the analysis of the bones valid scientific research, or is it a desecration of Native American culture? This program focuses on the tensions between scientists, historians, and museum curators and Native American groups, as the bones take on a central role in a war of alternate perspectives. In examining this debate, the program provides an excellent survey of Native American archaeology in the U.S. A BBC Production. (49 minutes). E-resource only   
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Box of treasures Ethnographic video online. 1992? 1 streaming video (28 min.). Many years ago, the Canadian government "confiscated" numerous ritual possessions belonging to the Kwakiutl Indians and forbade them to hold illegal pot latch ceremonies. In 1980, after years of struggle and negotiations, these sacred objects were returned to the tribe. This program looks at the resulting celebration and the present-day efforts of the Kwakiutl to keep their culture and heritage alive. E-resource only
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The Broken Cord: Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris. 1990. 1 streaming video file (30 min.). In this program with Bill Moyers, authors Louise Erdrich and the late Michael Dorris explain how traditions of spirit and memory weave through the lives of many Native Americans and how alcoholism and despair have shattered so many other lives. The devastating effect of fetal alcohol syndrome on their adopted son and on the Native American community as a whole is also discussed. The issues discussed in the program are underscored by the tragedy of Dorris's untimely death. (30 minutes). E-resource only
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Charles Loloma, Hopi Jeweler 1976. 1 streaming video file (30 min.). Charles Loloma was one of the first Native American jewelers to use gold instead of silver and diamonds and other precious gems in addition to turquoise, coral, and shell. His innovative designs, so sculptural in quality, were internationally acclaimed. And his clients included celebrities, monarchs, and presidents. This program examines the work of Charles Loloma-and how the visionary behind the enchanting jewelry managed to break the barriers that separated Indian traditionalism and mainstream modern art. For him, the art world and the Hopi world were one. (30 minutes). E-resource only
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Cree hunters of Mistassini. Ethnographic video online. 1974. 1 streaming video (59 min.). Shows the conflict produced by the James Bay development scheme between a hunting culture of Cree Indians and the dominant white culture that has come to rely heavily on large-scale technology. VHS 6681 and E-resource
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Cry of the Yurok 1 streaming video file (58 min.). The Yuroks, California's largest Native American tribe, have lived near the mouth of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers for 10,000 years. This program details the many problems that beset them as they try to survive: their lands overrun by prospectors and soldiers in the 19th century, the primeval forest cut by lumber companies, environmental destruction that has nearly wiped out the fish on which they traditionally depend. Some of the Yuroks remain on the reservation, others have moved to the cities; all are caught in a many-sided battle between the dominant white world and the world of the Indian. (58 minutes). E-resource only

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Dances of the Kwakiutl Ethnographic video online. 2005. 1 streaming video (9 min.). Dances of the Kwakiutl is composed of fragments filmed in 1950 in Fort Rupert, British Columbia. They were made during a performance by those still familiar with the tradition of Hamatsa or cannibal dancing. This type of dance was brought to impressive artistic heights by the Kwakiutl people of the Northwest coast. E-resource only
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Dances with wolves Feature film. 1990. 2 videodiscs  (ca. 236 min.).  Rewarded for his heroism in the Civil War, Lt. John Dunbar wants to see the American frontier before it is gone. Assigned to an abandoned fort with a Sioux tribe as his only neighbor, he overcomes the language barrier and mutual fear and distrust to become a friend of the tribe. But his knowledge of their ultimate fate forces him to make a crucial decision.  VHS 3984 and DVD 1950

Dancing in Moccasins: Keeping Native American Traditions Alive 1989. 1 streaming video file (49 min.). For the nearly two million Native Americans, representing 500 Indian nations, life in the U.S. today is a frustrating struggle to retain their ancient ways while functioning in the modern world, to carve out an identity in an overwhelmingly non-Indian culture. 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 Powwow. (49 minutes). E-resource only
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Digging for the truth American history in video. 2005. 1 electronic resource (ca. 50 min.). The people who became known as the Anasazi began to farm the Four Corners Region as early as 1 A.D. 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 1150 A.D. E-resource only
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Down to earth, adobe in New Mexico Ethnographic video online. 2006. 1 streaming video (29 min.). This 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," yet adobe architecture also continues to play a vital role in Native American and Hispanic cultures in New Mexico. 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. - Container. E-resource only

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Earl's canoe: a traditional Ojibwe craft Ethnographic video online. 1999. 1 streaming video (60 min.). Follows the entire construction of a traditional Ojibwe birchbark canoe from choosing the tree on Madeleine Island to the launching of the finished craft. Master craftsman Nyholm and his helpers comment throughout, stressing the respect due to the materials and the process. E-resource only
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The earth is our home. American history in video. 2007. 1 electronic resource (30 min.). Through interviews with five Burns Paiute women the traditional ways of life of the Northern Paiute people are depicted. These customs, according to archaeological records, are much the same as they were 5000 years ago. The film shows the Paiute's customs throughout a seasonal cycle, from root-gathering in the spring to building shelter in the winter. Topics covered include root gathering, berry gathering, food preparation, basket making, leather making, hunting, clothing and housing. E-resource only
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Educating to end inequity Only a teacher: Only a teacher. 2001. 1 videodisc (56 min.). "This program addresses teachers' efforts to level the educational and social playing fields for their students by examining public school reform and its relationship to social change. Educators who taught on the western frontier in the late 19th century and in the South during desegregation are spotlighted, along with contemporary instructors working with Native Americans in New Mexico and inner-city youth in New York.” DVD 6293 and E-resource

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Enduring Dreams 1 streaming video file (57 min.). Through wars, depressions, and social upheavals, the West has accommodated to change while remaining a mythical land of freedom and possibility. The ghosts of the buffalos are still stirring. Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood have given way to Native American artists; Indians-once the subjects of painting-have become its practitioners. So the myth regenerates itself and the American consciousness and the American dream are reshaped and redefined. (57 minutes). E-resource only
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The exiles 2008. 1 videodisc (72 min.). An account of the problems encountered by Native Americans living in urban areas and caught between two conflicting cultures, as shown by footage of 12 hours in the lives of a group living in Los Angeles. DVD 6523

Fritz Scholder, California Mission Painter 1976. 1 streaming video file (30 min.). The first to portray the Native American as real, not red, Fritz Scholder has been a major influence on an entire generation of Native American artists. This program films Scholder, an artist of Luiseno descent, as he takes his painting Television Indian and his lithograph Film Indian from conception to completion. His unsentimental vision and his technique-a blend of abstract expressionism, West Coast pop, and Bay Area colorism-have enabled Scholder to produce a strong body of work that realistically illustrates contemporary Native American life in the Southwest. (30 minutes). E-resource only.
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Full circle Ethnographic video online. 2007. 1 streaming video (27 min.). "This is the story of the repatriation of a totem pole by the Peabody Museum at Harvard University to Cape Fox Corporation, a Tlingit community in Southeast Alaska."--Container. E-resource only
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Gambling Does It Benefit Society? 1997. 1 streaming video file (29 min.). Some states and Native American tribes rely on legalized gambling as an essential source of income. But has this income really benefited those it was supposed to help? This program explores the question by weighing the financial benefits derived by host communities against the casino's detrimental effects on local business. Are casinos investing in communities, as suggested by supporters, or diverting the money elsewhere? 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. (29 minutes). E-resource only
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Grace Medicine Flower and Joseph Lone Wolf, Santa Clara Potters 1976. 1 streaming video file (30 min.). This program examines the pottery of Grace Medicine Flower and her brother Joseph Lone Wolf, members of the renowned Tafoya family of Santa Clara Pueblo. They revived and expanded the traditional forms and techniques of their pre-Columbian ancestors, the Mimbres, to create exquisite works featuring abstract designs and emphasizing sgraffito and polychrome techniques. Together with their father, Camilio Sunflower Tafoya, Medicine Flower and Lone Wolf are filmed digging and refining their clay and then molding it into pots, which they decorate and fire. (30 minutes). E-resource only
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The great tribes American history in video. 1997. 1 electronic resource (92 min.). E-resource only
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In the land of the war canoes: a drama of Kwakiutl Indian life on the Northwest Coast 2000. 1 videodisc (43 min.). Presents an epic saga of Kwakiutl Indian life on the northwest coast of America as filmed in the summer of 1914 at Kwakiutl villages on Vancouver Island, Canada, by Edward S. Curtis who spent three years with the Kwakiutl to meticulously recreate their way of life before the white man came. In addition to magnificent painted war canoes, the film features native costumes, dancing and rituals -- including a powerful scene of vision quest. Edited and restored with the addition of an authentic sound track of music and chants recorded by the Kwakiutls in 1972. DVD 2343

In the light of reverence 2002. 1 videodisc (74 min.). Across the USA, Native Americans are struggling to protect their sacred places. Religious freedom, so valued in America, is not guaranteed to those who practice land-based religions. This film discusses the struggles of three indigenous communities to protect their sacred sites from rock climbers, tourists, strip-mining, development and New Age religious practitioners. VHS 7424 and DVD 7024

In whose honor? American Indian mascots in 1997. 1 videodisc (46 min.). Discussion of Chief Illiniwek as the University of Illinois mascot, and the effect the mascot has on Native American peoples. Graduate student Charlene Teters shares the impact of the Chief on her family. Interviewees include members of the Board of Regents, students, alumni, current and former "Chiefs" and members of the community. VHS 4143 and DVD 5684

Johnny Tootall 2005. 1 videodisc (93 min.). Johnny Tootall, a young Native American man discharged from the Bosnian War, returns to his home on Vancouver Island to resolve his personal and spiritual crises. DVD 2355

Journey of Man: The Story of the Human Species 2002. 1 streaming video file (120 min.). Fossil evidence more or less proves that humanity sprang from an African cradle. But what can the science of genetics tell us about our origins? Researchers have arrived at a startling conclusion: the global family tree can be traced to one African man who lived 60,000 years ago. Eminent geneticist Dr. Spencer Wells hosts this innovative program, traveling to every continent in search of the people whose DNA holds humanity's secret history: the Namibian Bushmen, the Chukchi reindeer herders of the Russian Arctic, Native American tribal groups, and indigenous Australians. The program also features commentary by historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists. Distributed by PBS Distribution. (120 minutes). E-resource only
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Leslie M. Silko 1994. 1 streaming video file (45 min.). The works of Leslie Marmon Silko are strongly rooted in her own matrilineal tribal background. Like all writing of lasting value, they use particular experiences and places to reveal universal truths. Here, Silko discusses her own background and the interrelationship between her smaller, immediate Native American world and the larger, brutal surrounding world. (45 minutes). VHS 3993 and E-resource

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A man called Horse Feature film. 2003. 1 videodisc (114 min.). An English aristocrat is taken prisoner by a tribe of American Sioux Indians and given to the chief's aging mother as a servant. Gradually, he embraces the tribe's way of life and falls in love with the chief's sister. The constant threat of ambush by a rival tribe and rigors of survival now fill the days of this man called "Horse." He is eventually given a chance to prove his worthiness and be accepted into the tribe. But in order to be accepted with honor as an equal within the tribe, he must endure the Sun Vow. DVD 7697

Myth Makers John Ford and John Wayne 2002. 1 streaming video file (28 min.). They helped to instill the mythic qualities of the cowboy in American cinema. This powerhouse program focuses on the friendship of John Wayne and John Ford, beginning with their first meeting in 1928 and spanning their collaboration over 130 pictures, 14 of which were made without a contract-unheard of in 21st-century Hollywood. The program analyzes chiefly their work in Stagecoach and Red River, as well as Fort Apache, one of the first pro-Native American films, and The Alamo, which Wayne directed. Their efforts in World War II-Wayne's at home, Ford's abroad-and the war's effect on their later work are also considered. An ideal resource for the American film historian. (28 minutes, color and b&w). E-resource
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N. Scott Momaday 1994. 1 streaming video file (45 min.). N. Scott Momaday is the most widely published and read of the Native American writers, and the recipient of the most valued awards and prizes for both his poetry and his prose. A Ph.D. in English literature, he has combined his study of Western literature with the themes as well as the structures of his Kiowa Indian heritage. Here, Momaday discusses what it means to a Native American to be an American citizen, and reveals the artist, thinker, and imaginative creator behind (or perhaps at the core of) his impressive and important body of work. (45 minutes). VHS 3994  and E-resource
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Native American Religions 2007. 1 streaming video file (28 min.). 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. Topics of discussion include the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978; some common aspects of the approximately 300 remaining Native American religions being practiced in the U.S. today; the concepts of a supreme being and associated sacred beings as they exist in Native American culture; the prophecies of the Cheyenne prophet Sweet Medicine and the historical impact of North America's settlers on the land's indigenous peoples; and the pressing need for all Americans, non-native and native alike, to create a better future together. (27 minutes). E-resource
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Native American tech Wild West tech: American history in video. 2004. 1 electronic resource (50 min.). "Examines the lives of leaders including Geronimo, Crazy Horse, Red Cloud and Sitting Bull. Describes the decimation of Custer's 7th Cavalry at Little Big Horn and the Cheyenne sacking of Julesburg. Explore how medicine men and surgeons tended to the tribes and their warriors." --Catalog description. E-resource
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The Native Americans 1996. 1 streaming video file (47 min.). This program explores the many similarities among tribal nations, including a profound respect for nature, myth, and tradition; matriarchal governance; a communal lifestyle; a belief in an afterlife; and the use of pictographs, symbols, and patterns rather than an alphabet-based language. Also featured are brief scenes of re-created warfare: the French and Iroquois vs. the British as a part of the Seven Years' War and the Sioux and Cheyenne vs. the U.S. cavalry at Little Bighorn. The Native Americans' near-extinction-brought on by contact with non-indigenous peoples-is discussed, along with the renewal of Native American culture demonstrated by present generations. (47 minutes). E-resource
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Native Americans Celebrating Traditions 2001. 1 streaming video file (30 min.). 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. Among those interviewed are Kevin Locke, award-winning Native American vocalist; Wilma Mankiller, the first woman in modern history to lead a tribe; and Richard West, Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian. (30 minutes). E-resource only
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Navajo canyon country  American history in video. 1954. 1 electronic resource (13 min.). Describes the life of the Navajo Indians who live in the canyons and on the plains of northern Arizona and New Mexico. Shows different types of dwellings, including hogans, tents, caves, and simple shelters. Portrays the Navajos caring for sheep, butchering the meat, weaving the long-fibered wool and bagging the remainder for sale at a trading post. Shows ruins and petroglyphs attributed to Pueblo Indians who lived among the canyons in prehistoric times. Includes a brief historical sketch of the Navajos. E-resource only
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Navajo code talkers In search of history: American history in video. 2006. 1 electronic resource  (ca. 50 min). 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. E-resource only

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Oil on ice 2004. 1 videodisc (90 min.). A documentary connecting the fate of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to decisions America makes about energy policy, transportation choices, and other seemingly unrelated matters. Caught in the balance are the culture and livelihood of the Gwich'in people and the migratory wildlife in this fragile ecosystem. Discusses the conflict between the oil industry and environmentalists over the future of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. DVD 1211

Our lives in our hands 1986. Streaming video (49 min). A documentary film showing the Micmac Indian way of life in northern Maine, focusing on the traditional craft of woodsplint basketry. E-resource only
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Pocahontas Feature film. 2000? 1 videodisc (81 min.). In 1607, a group of British adventurers, including John Smith, led by the greedy Virginia Company governor Ratcliffe, set sail for the New World, seeking gold and other treasures. In Virginia, Pocahontas, Chief Powhatan's daughter, ponders her life as she is faced with marriage to the stern warrior, Kocoum. The British establish the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia and dig up the countryside for gold. Smith meets Pocahontas and they overcome their initial conflicts. She teaches him about her world. Relations between the British and the Indians deteriorate. Powhatan captures Smith and is about to execute him, but Pocahontas intervenes and Powhatan sets him free. When Ratcliffe tries to kill Powhatan, Smith saves him but is seriously wounded. He must return to England and Pocahontas must stay. DVD 245

The Pueblo heritage American history in video. 1993. 1 electronic resource (21 min.). Traces the history of the Pueblo Indians, the community dwellers of southern Colorado, to present day pueblos in New Mexico, with emphasis on Taos, Acoma, and Zuni. Discusses the traditions of the Pueblo Indians, their way of life, and their adaptability to modern methods. E-resource only
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R. C. Gorman, Navajo Painter 1976. 1 streaming video file (30 min.). Unconventionaland paradoxicalare two of the more common words people use to describe R. C. Gorman, an award-winning Navajo painter and printmaker who treats Native American subjects ranging from geometrics to nudes with a distinctly Mexican artistic sensibility. This program films the man The New York Times dubbed The Picasso of American Indian Artas he works, capturing his fascination with mass and shape as he paints both on paper and on a lithography stone. At once timeless and contemporary, Gorman's idiom unites the Indian and mainstream art scenes. (30 minutes). E-resource only

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Rez-robics: the exercise tape 2002. 1 videodisc (90 min. + 70 min.). A discussion of diet and exercise, with particular attention to the development of diabetes, in the lives of Native Americans. Includes simple aerobic exercises. DVD 2226

Sacred Spirit: The Lakota Sioux, Past and Present 1999. 1 streaming video file (51 min.). This poignant collage features members of the Oglala Lakota Sioux living on and off the Pine Ridge reservation who present their unself-pitying yet pointed observations on Lakota history and modern-day Lakota life. Their creation myth and their attitudes toward Mother Earth and the concept of time contribute insights into their worldview, while footage of a major powwow and a tepee-raising offer glimpses of the people's cultural heritage. Wounded Knee and the extermination of the buffalo are discussed. Gang violence, alcoholism, lack of employment, and housing and health problems are also addressed, as well as the many faces of subjugation. (51 minutes). E-resource only
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The Sand Creek Massacre: Seven Hours that Changed American History . 2006. 1 streaming video file (22 min.). 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. It consists of oral histories passed down from firsthand accounts through the generations and movingly conveyed by descendants of Native American eyewitnesses. In addition, professional historians of the region and time period give background information on possible causes of, and twisted motivations for, the genocidal slaughter. Informative maps and an impressive array of archival photos are also included. (22 minutes). E-resource only
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Seasons of a Navajo 1984. 1 streaming video file (59 min.). This classic anthropological study of a traditional Navajo family, the Neboyias, examines their lifestyle through the four seasons as they travel to each of their hogans-planting, sheepherding, harvesting, and weaving. The documentarist's style is natural and unobtrusive, allowing viewers to share in the Navajo world vision. Filmed in the Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, and Window Rock areas of Arizona. Portions are in Navajo with English subtitles. (60 minutes). E-resource only
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Seeking the spirit: plains Indians in Russia Ethnographic video online. 1999. 1 streaming video (27 min.). Shows how a group of Russians and Lithuanians, predominantly couples with young children, hold a powwow outside of St. Petersburg, and the reaction of a group of Indians in South Dakota to a videotape of the powwow. Through the powwow, the Russians and Lithuanians are seeking a better way to live, and hope to impart authentic Native American values to their offspring. E-resource only
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Skins 2003. 1 videodisc (87 min.). In the shadow of Mt. Rushmore, lies one of the poorest counties in America, The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. For police officer Rudy Yellow Lodge, the painful legacy of Indian existence is brought home every night as he locks up drunk and disorderly Indians, including his own brother. Rudy's frustration leads him to take the law into his own hands. Ultimately, Rudy is able to honor his big brother, and his people with a life-affirming act of defiance. 791.43/72. DVD 550

The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Native Voice. 2002. 1 streaming video file (28 min.). The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.; New York; and Suitland, Maryland, amply demonstrates that Native American history and culture are part of the shared cultural heritage of all Americans. This program spotlights cherished items in the museum's collection-including perhaps the oldest depictions of human beings in the Western hemisphere. Go behind the scenes to the museum's storage facility where artifacts are arranged by tribe and given traditional-style care. A viewable/printable educator's guide is available online. (28 minutes). E-resource only
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Suckerfish Ethnographic video online. 2004. 1 streaming video (8 min.). E-resource only
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The Sunrise dance Ethnographic video online. 2007. 1 streaming video (28 min.). This documentary focuses on 13-year-old Maureen Nachu, who lives on the Fort Apache Reservation in Whiteriver, Arizona. Describes the traditional coming-of-age ceremony for young Apache women, in which they use special dances and prayers. E-resource only

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