Special Native American Programming in November 2017
is made possible by
Island Resort & Casino
This entertaining, informative magazine style series celebrates Native American culture and heritage, listens to tribal elders, and talks to some of the most powerful and influential leaders of Indian Country today. Promoting understanding between cultures, tribes and reservations, Native Report offers a venue for the stories of challenge and success coming from the Midwest's tribal communities.
Saturdays at 5 pm ET
Lineage: Tlingit Art Across Generations
This documentary shines a light on Tlingit masters, their apprentices and their descendants. It is a story of legacy, and of how generations renew the spirit and form of their ancestral visual culture with every chip carved, fiber woven, bead sewn, and step danced. This is a story of cultural awareness and resurgence, all told through the perspectives of the Indigenous artists, illuminating cultural lifeways and ways of being and knowing that have fostered an art form that has long fascinated and beguiled viewers across the world. Pictured: Chas' Koowu Tlaa Teri Rofkar, master weaver.
Wednesday, November 1 at 1 pm ET
Tending the Wild
Tending the Wild shines light on the environmental knowledge of indigenous peoples across California by exploring how they have actively shaped and tended the land for millennia, in the process developing a deep understanding of plant and animal life. This documentary examines how humans are necessary to live in balance with nature and how traditional practices can inspire a new generation of Californians to tend their environment.
Thursday, November 2 at 2 pm ET
Navajo Math Circles
Hundreds of Navajo children in recent years have found themselves at the center of a lively collaboration with mathematicians from around the world. The children stay late after school and assemble over the summer to study mathematics, using a model called math circles, which originated in Eastern Europe and which has proliferated across the United States. This notion of student-centered learning puts children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction, with potentially long-lasting results.
Friday, November 3 at 2 pm ET
For decades, thousands of Navajos worked the railroads, maintaining the trans-continental network. Metal Road explores the dynamics of livelihood, family, and the railroads through the lens of a Navajo trackman. The film follows three Navajo railroaders from the 9001 Heavy Steel Gang as they leave their homeland to replace aging railroad tracks from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean under extreme weather conditions.
Sunday, November 5 at 11 pm ET
Wednesday, November 8 at 2:30 pm ET
The Changing Earth - Crossing the Arctic
A team of explorers and educators use live technology to introduce students and viewers to the challenges of the Arctic and the impact of climate change on its indigenous people. Co-production of LT Media Lab at the University of Minnesota and Twin Cities Public Television.
Sunday, November 12 at 11 pm ET
Lake of Betrayal
Lake of Betrayal explores the history of Kinzua Dam on the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania and its impact on the Seneca Nation of Indians. Completed in 1965, it was originally proposed to help mitigate flooding in Pittsburgh, almost 200 miles downriver, but the 27-mile reservoir that formed behind it inundated vast tracts of the Seneca Indians’ ancestral lands, forcing their removal in breach of the United States’ oldest treaty then in effect. The film looks at the Seneca Nation’s fight to protect its sovereignty against the U.S. government’s Indian termination policy and overwhelming political and economic forces driving the post-WWII boom.
Monday, November 13 at 9 pm ET
Wednesday, November 15 at 2 pm ET
Badger Creek is a portrait of Native resilience as seen through a year in the life of three generations of a Blackfeet family living on the rez in Montana. The Mombergs are a loving, sober family who run a successful ranch, live a traditional worldview and are re-learning their language.
Sunday, November 19 at 11 pm ET
Thursday, November 23 at 12:30 pm ET
What does it take to heal a people? That's the question at the heart of this film, which weaves together the lives of Native healers of today with that of the first Native American doctor. Born on the Nebraska frontier in 1865, Susan La Flesche Picotte returned from medical school to a shattered world, and spent the rest of her life working to help her people become whole again. Like Doctor Susan, modern-day medicine women from the Omaha, Lakota and Navajo tribes perform small miracles that the world rarely sees. How can they hope to mend the wounds of body and spirit that history has created? And what have they learned about new ways of healing that can help us all? Actress Irene Bedard is the voice of Doctor Susan. Poet and musician Joy Harjo narrates.
Tuesday, November 21 at Noon ET
Return to Rainy Mountain
N. Scott Momaday, recipient of the first Pulitzer Prize for Fiction awarded to a Native American writer, and his daughter, filmmaker Jill Momaday Gray, take viewers on a modern-day road trip loosely based on his Kiowa nation’s ancestral myths and legends, from his bestselling book, The Way to Rainy Mountain.
Tuesday, November 21 at 2:30 pm ET
Oheró:kon - Under the Husk
Follows the challenging journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their traditional passage rites to becoming Mohawk Women. Kaienkwinehtha and Kasennakohe are childhood friends from traditional families living in the Mohawk Community of Akwesasne that straddles the U.S. / Canada border. They both take part in a four-year adolescent passage rites ceremony called Oheró:kon “Under the Husk” that has been revived in their community. This ceremony challenges them spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. It shapes the women they become.
Wednesday, November 22 at 12:30 pm ET
Sunday, November 26 at 11 pm ET
This documentary tells the story of an all-women wildland firefighter crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe that has been fighting fires in Arizona and throughout the U.S., for over 30 years. Four extraordinary women from different generations of the Apache 8 crew share their personal narratives with humor and tenderness. They speak of hardship and loss, family and community, and pride in being a firefighter from Fort Apache.
Thursday, November 23 at 2 pm ET
“What Was Ours”
Like millions of indigenous people, many Native American tribes do not control their own material history and culture. For the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes living on the isolated Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, new contact with lost artifacts risks opening old wounds but also offers the possibility for healing. Join a young Arapaho journalist and a teenage powwow princess as they travel with a Shoshone elder to reclaim their tribes’ lost artifacts.
Thursday, November 30 at 2 pm ET
Download a PDF list of Native American Heritage Month Specials in November 2017