POV1988 | TV Show
This acclaimed, long-running documentary series is a showcase for independent films on a wide variety of subjects, from the heartwarming (`Sweet Old Song,' about a 91-year-old musician) to the whimsical (`The Sweetest Sound,' a study of names) to the contr (more…)
Premiered: July 5, 1988
Season 15, Episode 2 Boomtown
First Aired: July 2, 2002
Following Native American operators of legal fireworks stands during the monthlong runup to Fourth of July 1999 on Bainbridge Island, Wash. The hour also explores how these entrepreneurs keep their feet---and their identities---in both the Indian and non-Indian worlds (“We walk on both sides at all times,” says Nic Armstrong, whose father, Bennie, is the tribal chairman of the Suquamish nation). As for the fireworks selling, it's an important component of the local economy, and it's a small business, with all the risk that entails.