This 1985 Academy Award-winner for Best Documentary Feature looks at the forced relocation of 12,000 Navajo Indians in Arizona. Directed and produced by Maria Florio and Victoria Mudd; narrated by Martin Sheen.
Two native children are kidnapped and placed in an abusive boarding school, where their only hope to retain their cultural heritage is escape. Director: Bruce Pittman. Michelle St. John, Anne-Marie MacDonald.
“Wiping the Tears of Seven Generations” looks at the Bigfoot Memorial Ride, in which 300 Lakota horsemen ride 250 miles in a ceremony to bring their people out of mourning for the Wounded Knee massacre. The traditional ceremony is called Washigilia, which means “wiping the tears.” Directed by Fidel Moreno and Gary Rhine.
“The Red Road to Sobriety” looks at the Contemporary Native American Sobriety Movement, which stresses tribal values and spiritual awareness in the recovery process. Directed by Chante Pierce and Gary Rhine.
This look at the racism controversy in using Native American mascots for sports teams follows the campaign of activist Charlene Teters regarding her culture's symbols and imagery. Jay Rosenstein directed and produced the film.
The American Indian Dance Theatre, comprised of members of 30 Indian nations, learns the songs and dances of the Makah, Kwakiutl, Penobscot and Iroquois. The documentary was filmed at ceremonials in Alert Bay, British Columbia; at a pow wow in Newtown, N.D.; on the Penobscot Reservation in Maine; and in Boston.
The documentary “Circles” looks at a program combining an Aboriginal jutice system---circle sentencing---with Canadian law. The circles bring together the perpetrator of a crime with his or her victims and their peers and families to promote healing within the community. Shanti Thakur is the director.
The 1996 documentary “Your Humble Serpent” profiles the late Reuben Snake, Winnebago tribal chairman and president of the National Congress of American Indians. Gary Rhine directed and produced the film.
“The Peyote Road” documents efforts by the American Indian Religious Freedom Coalition to pass a 1994 amendment protecting the sacramental use of the peyote cactus by tribal peoples. The bill reversed the U.S. Supreme Court's “Smith decision,” which denied the centuries-old practice First Amendment protection.
The 1989 documentary “Healing the Hurts,” by Choctaw filmmaker Phil Lucas, examines a workshop in the Alkali Lake Indian Reserve in British Columbia for adult “survivors” of Indian Boarding Schools. The schools' aim was to strip Native peoples of their culture and make them assimilate into mainstream society.