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Native American Heritage Month 2022 video collection

November is Native American Heritage Month in the United States, also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Celebrate Native voices with this selection of 20 videos.

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▸ These videos are arranged in order of viewing time, shortest to longest. Enjoy.

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Clan Mother | Native America

Learn the history and mythology of clan mothers and female leadership with this clip from the Nature to Nations episode of the Native America series.

Brief But Spectacular: Albert Bender on upholding Indigenous culture | PBS NewsHour

Albert Bender is a writer, activist and attorney of Cherokee descent who has long been an advocate for Native American cultural preservation and justice.

Sister Wolves | Vision Maker Media

An animation about the fragility of love, jealousy and consequences, based on oral history from the San Poil region of the Colville Confederated Tribes in the northwest U.S. From Vision Maker Media‘s 2022 film festival.

Sec. Haaland on the value of Native American representation | PBS NewsHour

In early 2021, then-New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland was confirmed as the 54th United States Secretary of the Interior. She is the first Native American to lead the agency, which is responsible for public lands, including land taken from Indigenous people. Here, Sec. Haaland remarks on the value of Native American representation.

Watch on KERA TV this month

People’s Protectors: November 1 at 10pm & November 6 at noon

The Warrior Tradition: November 6 at 1pm & November 15 at 10pm

Native America: Four episodes – Sunday, November 13 & 20, at noon & 1pm

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On | American Masters: November 22 at 8pm

Home from School: The Children of Carlisle | Independent Lens: November 22 at 10pm

Discover Cherokee bean bread | Native America

Learn how to make this staple dish, which is part of nearly every meal in a Cherokee home. Watch more Native America food videos.

Autumn Ridley, Native Youth Olympian | Indie Alaska

Every year, hundreds of Alaska Native teens from all over the state gather for the Native Youth Olympics. Meet Autumn Ridley, who in 2012 broke the world record for the Alaskan high kick, one of NYO’s most popular events.

On decolonizing mental health | Mysteries of Mental Illness

Shelby Rowe, a suicide prevention advocate, was 5 when her grandmother asked her to hide her Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood. Like her, many Native youth grow up trying to pass as white, which has adverse effects on mental health. For trauma-informed mental healthcare to be effective, Rowe says there has to be justice – something Native Americans have been denied systemically.

Art, Honor and Service | The Warrior Tradition

Onöndowa’ga:’ (Seneca) artist and Vietnam veteran Carson Waterman says art saved his life. He was reassigned as a “combat artist” after serving seven months in the 4th Infantry. Then later, when he returned home, art provided him a respite from the wartime trauma he carried.

The Comanche and the Horse | Native America

The Comanche consider the horse a relative and a gift from the Creator. But they and other Native Americans never set eyes on a horse before the 15th century, when Europeans brought them to America. They adapted the horse as a powerful ally in the fight to protect their land and way of life. From Native America’s collection of Sacred Stories shorts.

Pamyua, Alaska’s most famous Inuit band | Indie Alaska

Pamyua (bum-yo-ah) — the musical group behind the PBS Kids show Molly of Denali — has gained worldwide recognition. Founded by Inuit Yup’ik African American brothers Phillip Kilirnguq Blanchett and Steven Qacungatarli Blanchett, they describe their sound as “Inuit soul.”

Bethany Yellowtail: Sun Road Woman and fashion designer | alter-NATIVE

For Bethany Yellowtail, dressing is resistance. She is a Crow and Northern Cheyenne fashion designer in L.A. who pours her traditions and heartbreak into her B.Yellowtail company, including one of her most popular pieces, the Sun Road Woman dress. Along the way, she faces cultural appropriation — including having designs plagiarized for a major fashion show — and finds her own voice as both designer and political activist.

How running ultramarathons saved Carol Seppilu’s life | Indie Alaska

Carol Seppilu describes jogging with a tracheotomy as “trying to breathe through a straw while running.” She’s even dealt with her trach freezing shut while running in the frigid winter temperatures in Nome, where she lives. She’s learned to adapt to challenges like this since surviving a suicide attempt in 1999.

Why Native Americans are buying back ancestral land | PBS NewsHour

From 1877 to 1934, under a range of laws and reneged-upon treaties, the U.S. government appropriated tens of millions of acres of Native American land. This October 2021 segment detailed a growing movement known as “land back” to reclaim those lands, with tribes even buying land back on the open market.

Bunky Echo-Hawk: The Resistance | American Masters

The reality and resistance of Native Americans inspire the work of Pawnee artist Bunky Echo-Hawk, igniting discussions about environmentalism, Native rights and numerous other current topics.

Jewel’s Hunt: Can this Alaskan teen keep Native hunting traditions alive? | Indie Lens Storycast

Jewel offers an insightful exploration of what it means to come of age in complicated times in Unalakleet, Alaska.

What we can learn from these Native American comedies | Historian’s Take

Native American representation in film and TV used to be confined to Westerns and storylines of defeat. Today, a new wave of Native American comedies, written and created by Native peoples, are taking back their narratives.

Injunuity | Vision Maker Media

In a world increasingly short of real answers, try Native wisdom for guidance. Injunuity is a mix of animation, music and real thoughts from real people exploring our world from the Native American perspective.

Native Way Forward | Roadtrip Nation

For too long, TV and film have depicted Native American experiences in the past tense. Native Way Forward shines a light on the present-day lives of Native young adults and explores what’s possible for their futures.

Coast Salish | Growing Native

Venture to the Pacific Northwest to capture the stories of ongoing traditions and perseverance of its original inhabitants. From totem poles to language preservation to traditional crafts, host Chris Eyre (Cheyenne Arapaho) discovers the wilds of the North.

What does it mean to be a warrior? | Native American & Alaska Native Heritage Month panel

Blas Preciado and Lance Four Star are Native American veterans and members of warrior societies. They share their experiences as providers and defenders of their tribe, community and culture, along with insights on the difficulties returning veterans often face as they readjust to civilian life. This panel was part of a Vision Maker Media event in 2021, Returning Home Through Togetherness.

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Resources

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