Native American Heritage Month on WORLD Channel

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown November 4th, 2014 Last Updated on: November 4th, 2014

As most of you know November is Native American Heritage Month, and this month there is no shortage of film festivals and television specials that help showcase and celebrate the Native American spirit. In honor of Native American Heritage Month, WORLD Channel will premiere six new films that highlight the achievements, stories, and lives of Native Americans.

Thursday, November 6
Navajo veterans of Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, have served as Code Talkers in WWII, Army Rangers in Vietnam, and, most recently, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, their dedication and courage in battle has not protected them from the formidable challenges facing them when they return home. In Warriors Return, viewers will see how strong women, traditional healing, and “western talk therapy” are helping these warriors return home.

Monday, November 17
LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 profiles Comanche political and social activist, LaDonna Harris. During his Presidency, Lyndon Johnson requested her assistance to educate the executive and legislative branches on the unique role of American Indian tribes and their relationship to the U.S. government. The course, called “Indian 101,” was taught to members of Congress and other agencies for more than 35 years. In addition to her work in civil rights, world peace, the environment, and women's rights, Harris is best known for introducing landmark legislation.

Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native American role models living in the U.S. Midwest. It dispels the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the American horizon, and reveals how they continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive, and make great contributions to society.

Tuesday, November 18
In Across the Creek, join a conversation among members of the Lakota, who are seeking ways to restore their culture after a legacy of colonialism. Offering a fresh perspective into the lives of the Sioux on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservations, the film looks at how these Sioux communities struggle to maintain tradition, while confronting the challenges of broken families, abuse and poverty. By sharing their stories across generations, they hope to build a vision for the future.

Wednesday, November 19
Legendary as one of America's greatest horse tribes, the 21st century Nez Perce decided to bring horses back to their land and lives with the unlikely help of a charismatic Navajo horseman, Rudy Shebala. His mentorship guides at-risk teenagers toward the strong medicine of horses, and his equine skills bring historic Nez Perce horse culture to modern renown. However, his personal demons imperil both accomplishments. Horse Tribe tells the story about the connection of human to animal, history to life, individuals to community, grief to resolve, and values to action.


Friday, November 21
Spirit in Glass: Plateau Native Beadwork celebrates the spectacular beadwork of the Northwest Plateau People. The film provides a rare opportunity to experience Plateau culture through the eyes and hearts of artists, who share their history, motivation, and the beadwork that plays an important role in binding their culture together. Native Plateau beadwork is part of the rich tapestry of American culture. Plateau culture is unique and its story of survival a quintessentially American story.

The WORLD Channel is a 24/7, multicast channel dedicated to delivering the best of public television's nonfiction, news and documentary programming as well as a growing schedule of original content from independent producers and communities of difference. Check your local listings and get more info about WORLD Channel programs at www.worldchannel.org.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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