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Native American History Month

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Beyond reservation road
Shows how a community of Oklahoma Cherokee pooled resources to give reservation children better educational and recreational facilities. Explores the difficulties that Native Americans face in society.

Call Number: E99.C5 B369 1996

Bones of contention
This program provides an even-handed examination of the conflict between Native American groups and scientists  historians, and museum curators concerning the issue of the remains of more than 10,000 Native Americans unearthed at archaeological sites across the U.S. In doing so, it also provides an excellent survey of American Indian archaeology in the U.S.

Call Number: E77.9 .B66 1998

Broken rainbow
Academy award winning documentary about the forced relocation of 12,000 Navajo Indians currently taking place in Arizona. Although the Federal government claims to be settling a land dispute between the Hopi and Navajo tribes, this film clearly illustrates that the relocation will only serve to facilitate energy development. Broken Rainbow speaks for all Native people who are struggling to survive as individuals and as separate cultures in the face of Western technology.

Call Number: E99.N3 B763 1987

Cahokia Mounds : ancient metropolis
Explores the history and archaeology of the Cahokia Mounds area using natural   and cultural landscapes, archaeological excavations, numerous artifacts, and discussions with researchers. An ancient metropolis, it was an artistic, cultural, and power center during the Mississippian period. Its inhabitants created the largest earthworks in America.

Call Number: E78.I3 C32 1994

The Chaco Legacy
Examines archaeological theories about the rise and fall of Chacoan culture, which had a high level of technical development and flourished over 900 years ago in the area of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. Shows their extensive water control system, the large network of roads they constructed and several mammoth structures they built. Includes a history of the different excavation projects.

Call Number: E99.P9 C455 1988

Contrary Warriors: a Story of the Crow Tribe
Describes the Crow Indians' century-long battle to preserve their language, family and culture. Focuses on the life of Robert Yellowtail, a 97- year old tribal leader who successfully fought in the U.S. Senate to save Crow lands and then went on to spend 60 years shaping the course of the Crow tribe.

Call Number: E99.C92 C766 1985

Dineh Nation : the Navajo story
Photographed in the Sovereign Dineh Nation, this film shows  how exploitation of the vast deposits of oil, coal and uranium in the "Mother Earth" led to disruption and pollution in the land the Dineh consider sacred.

Call Number: E99.N3 D544 1991

The Eastern Woodlands
The spirit of the Native American Indian lives again in this program which reveals the rituals and secrets of the world of the eastern woodland Indians.

Call Number: E78.E2 I554 1994

The Faithkeeper
Faithkeeper Oren Lyons, a chief of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation, discusses ancient Native American prophecies of the ecological disasters now faced by society.Lyons speaks of respect for nature, of the spiritual basis of law, the importance of participating in community, and of our responsibility to future generations.

     Call Number: E98.P5 O74 1991

Hitting sticks, healing hearts
This video documents an Alaskan Athabaskan Indian memorial potlatch in honor of a young man who drowned.

Call Number: E99.A86 H577 1991

Hopi, songs of the fourth world
An in-depth look at the meaning of the Hopi way, a philosophy of living in balance with nature. Describes the Hopi philosophy of life, death, and renewal as revealed in the interweaving life cycle of humans and corn plants.

Call Number: E99.H7 H687 1983

How the West was lost
Documents the devastating effects of westward expansion on five native American nations, the Navajo, Nez Perce, Apache, Cheyenne, and Lakota, through the recollection of their descendants, archival photographs, and historical documents.

Call Number: E78.W5 H697 1993

Huteetl: Koyukon memorial potlatch
Shows the potlatch ceremony given by an Alaskan kin group to achieve a repayment of kindness following a year-long mourning for a young couple killed in an airplane accident.

Call Number: E99.K79 H87 1983

Incident at Oglala
From the container: "In 1975, armed FBI agents illegally entered the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Gunfire erupted- a Native American and two FBI agents fell dead. After the largest manhunt in FBI history, three men were apprehended- only one, Leonard Peltier, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. This is his story."

Call Number: E93 .I25 1992

Indians, outlaws and Angie Debo
A profile of historian Angie Debo. Focuses on her research in the 1930s uncovering a statewide conspiracy that deprived the Oklahoma Indians of their oil-rich lands and the efforts of officials and business interests to suppress her findings.

Call Number: D15.D37 I63 1988

In the white man's image
A look at the education of a certain group of American Indians in the Carlisle School for Indian Students founded by Richard Pratt in the early part of the 20th century as an attempt to change their heritage and values. Includes the story of Cheyenne warriors who were exiled to St. Augustine, Florida as the first group of Indians to be schooled under Mr. Pratt's direction.

Call number: E97 .I355 1992

In whose honor?: American Indian mascots in sports
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.

Call Number: E98.E85 .I52 1996

Ishi, the last Yahi
Presents a narrated version of the discovery of Ishi, last member of the Yahi Indian tribe, and events in his life after coming into the white man's world.

Call Number: E99.Y23 I815 1994

Kanehsatake: 270 years of resistance
"On a hot July day in 1990, an historic confrontation propelled Native issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Quebec into the international spotlight and into the Canadian conscience. Behind Mohawk lines that grueling summer, producer and director Alanis Obomsawin, herself an Abenaki Indian, endured 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming an armed standoff between the Kanehsatake Mohawk people of First Nations, the Quebec police and the Canadian army"--Container.

Call Number: E99.M8 K35 1993

Lighting the 7th Fire
Examines how the Chippewa Indians of northern Wisconsin have struggled to restore the tradition of spear fishing and the opposition they have 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.

Call Number: E99.C6 L515 1994

More than bows and arrows: with N. Scott Momaday
Journeys into the past to explore the Native American Indians' impact on the development of the United States and Canada.

Call Number: E77 .M885 1994

Myths and the mound builders
The huge earthworks and mounds scattered through the eastern half of the United States prompted people in the nineteenth century to speculate that a lost civilization had preceded the Indians then living among the mounds. Though we've known for some time that the ancestors of those Indians actually built the mounds, archaeologists are still exploring their contents for a better understanding of their builders.

Call Number: E73 .M984 1988

On the pow wow trail
"Focuses on the preservation of Native American Indian customs, traditional dress and dance. Follows young Chad Killscrow and friend Mike Roberts as they travel through the plains of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado and Montana from pow wow to pow wow as they re-create ceremonies established centuries before them" -- container.

Call Number:  E98.D2 O5 1989

Nanook of the North
Presents a documentary, based on the book entitled My Eskimo friends, Nanook of the North, by Robert Flaherty, on the saga of an Eskimo family pitting their strength against a vast and inhospitable Arctic. Juxtaposes their struggle for survival against the elements with the warmth of the little family as they go about their daily affairs.

Call Number: E99.E7 N354 1976

The Native Americans
Rediscover America in this illuminating six-part series as Native Americans tell their own compelling story against the background splendor of the geographic regions from which they came.

Call Number: E77 .N3858 1994 (vol. 1-5)

Nokomis: voices of Anishinabe grandmothers
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.

Call Number: E99.C6 N656 1994

The Peyote road
Describes the struggle of American Indians, especially those who belong to the Native American Church, to continue to use the drug peyote as an integral part of their religious rites and ceremonies.

Call Number: E98.R3 P495 1992

The Pueblo peoples: first contact
History and culture of the pueblos first contact with the Spaniards and the influences the Spanish left behind.

Call Number: E99.P9 P866 1990

The red road to sobriety : a documentary
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.

Call Number: E98.L7 R44 1995

Sacred ground
A detailed documentary look at the specific geographic places all over North America that are considered sacred to the American Indian.

Call Number: E98.R3 S237 1991

Seasons of a Navajo
Chauncey and Dorothy Neboyia, grandparents to an extended family of two generations, maintain their existence by farming, weaving, and tending sheep in a traditional hogan without water or electricity. Their children live in tract homes and their grand children attend modern public schools.

Call Number: E99.N3 S437 1988

The Spirit of Crazy Horse
A history of the century long effort by the Lakota Sioux to reclaim their land and culture.

Call Number: E93 .S663 1990

To protect Mother Earth : broken treaty II
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.

Call Number: E99.S4 T678 1989

Winds of change. A matter of promises
Separate segments on the Onondaga of New York State, the Navajo of Arizona and adjacent states, and the Lummi of Washington State focus on sovereignty, internal politics, administration of justice, and relations with the U.S. government.

Call Number: E99.O58 W554 1990

Wiping the tears of seven generations
A history of the Lakota people, culminating in the Bigfoot Memorial Ride, December 1990, intended to end the century of grieving since the Wounded Knee Massacre.

Call Number: E99.D1 W576 1991

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