40 Years, 40 Films, 40 Weeks: The Great American Footrace

This week’s Emmy-nominated Vision Maker Media Film, “The Great American Footrace,” tells the story of a small-town Cherokee boy who competes in one of history’s wildest publicity schemes — and takes home the gold.

199 runners left Los Angeles on March 4, 1928; only 55 crossed the finish line in New York City 84 days later, with 19-year-old Andy Payne in the lead. The film tells the full story of the 3,422-mile race down the entirety of the just-completed Route 66, and the boy who used it to change his life, save his farm, and launch his career.

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Watch “The Great American Footrace” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the 40 weeks of the celebration. You can find the complete schedule here.

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of Vision Maker Media programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media – to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information, www.visionmakermedia.org

Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

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40 Years, 40 Films, 40 Weeks: Standing Silent Nation

Industrial hemp is illegal in the United States due to its relationship to marijuana; it’s also one of the few profitable plants which can grow in South Dakota’s inhospitable soil. In 2000, Alex White Plume and his Lakota family came up with a plan to farm hemp on their home of Pine Ridge Reservation, relieving the 85% unemployment rate and bringing new life to local economy. Although they believed their tribe’s legal ordinance separating non-psychedelic industrial hemp from marijuana would protect them, the DEA came anyway — but the White Plume family refused to give up on their future.

“Standing Silent Nation” tells the story of one family caught in between tribal sovereignty, federal law, and economic survival.

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Watch “Standing Silent Nation” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the 40 weeks of the celebration. You can find the complete schedule here.

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of Vision Maker Media programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media – to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information, www.visionmakermedia.org

Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

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40 Years, 40 Films, 40 Weeks: In the Light of Reverence

This week’s award-winning Vision Maker Media film looks at the conflicts that surround America’s sacred spaces.

The Colorado Plateau in the Southwest, Mount Shasta in California, and Devil’s Tower in Wyoming are all holy sites to tribal nations — but they’re also rich in natural resources, not to mention beloved by recreational users such as mountain climbers and New Age practitioners. “In the Light of Reverence” delves into the culture clashes that play out along these embattled landscapes.

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Watch “In the Light of Reverence” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the 40 weeks of the celebration. You can find the complete schedule here.

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of Vision Maker Media programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media – to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information, www.visionmakermedia.org

Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

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World Health Day

Over the years, public media has had a lot to say about health — not surprising, given that few issues are more universally important to the American public. For World Health Day, we’re highlighting some health-related programs and series available in the Online Reading Room.

Our collection goes back to 1947 and the last-ever outbreak of smallpox in America, documented by WNYC in “MUNI: Smallpox in New York City” and “MUNI: Dr. Israel Weinstein Smallpox Message.” A decade later, WNYC brought in a more high-profile guest to make the pitch for public health in “MUNI: Eleanor Roosevelt as a Disk Jockey for WNYC,” a musical fundraiser for the March of Dimes.

Public media has often reported from the forefront of medical science. From 1960-1961, WUOM and the National Association of Educational Broadcasters ran a series of programs “developed from interviews with men and women who have the too often unglamorous job of basic research.” Covering topics from “Epilepsy and Multiple Sclerosis” to “Emotional Health and Aging” the series provided a thoughtful look at medical issues of the time. For a more modern take, WEDU’s “Smart Health” series from 2008 offered upbeat stories about medical advances in bite-sized magazine segments.

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Not all coverage of America’s healthcare community has been so positive. Pacifica Radio Archives’ “People’s Health and Fascism,” recorded at the Black Panther Party’s United Front Against Fascism conference, begins “We’ve seen how the medical community in this country is the embodiment of all that is evil!” While that’s an opinion on the extreme end of the spectrum, public media has frequently debated hot-button healthcare issues and given voice to America’s fears and worries about their health care system.

Concerns about pharmaceuticals and drug abuse appear in programs such as “The Benefits, Risks, and Costs of Prescription Drugs” (WILL’s Focus) and “The Medicine Cabinet Addict” (WUED’s Woman.) Programs like “Foreign Immigrants and US Health Care” (WGBH’s Forum Network) and “What Are the Healthcare Problems in the African American Community?” (WHUT’s Evening Exchange) provide voices to those who frequently slip through the cracks of the healthcare system. And, of course, there’s the longstanding and ongoing debate on health care reform, discussed in practically every state in the union: “We the People: Health Care Reform on Trial,” from Wisconsin Public Television; “Health Care Reform: A Louisiana Perspective” from Louisiana Public Broadcasting; “Civic Dialogue: Health Care Crisis” from KUED; and “Health of the Nation: Coverage for All Americans” from WGBH Forum Network, just to name a few.

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For those who want a break from the stresses and messes of western medicine, public media has you covered on DIY options too: WERU’s “Herbal Update” provides short overviews on the health and nutrition benefits of specific herbs and plants (though only the ones legal in Maine in the 1990s.)

And don’t forget to check out this week’s featured Vision Maker Media film, “The Creek Runs Red,” which portrays the conflict that arises when the place you call home becomes deeply hazardous to your health.

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Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: The Creek Runs Red

With lead in the water and towering piles of waste covering 25,000 acres of land, the EPA calls the mining town of Picher, Oklahoma the most toxic place in America. Still, the town’s inhabitants, including the local Quapaw Tribe, call it home.

“The Creek Runs Red,” this week’s featured Vision Maker Media film, goes into a divided community to reveal the complexity of human reactions to environmental disaster, and tells a story that remains deeply relevant in the wake of contemporary discussions about health risks, environmental politics, and racial injustice.

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Watch “The Creek Runs Red” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the 40 weeks of the celebration. You can find the complete schedule here.

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of Vision Maker Media programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media – to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information, www.visionmakermedia.org

Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

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Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks – Seasoned With Spirit: Food Upon the Water

This week, Vision Maker Media takes a culinary journey with Loretta Barrett Oden, a renowned Native American chef, food historian and lecturer, and proud woman of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

“Seasoned with Spirit: Food Upon the Water” combines Native American history and culture with delicious, healthy recipes inspired by indigenous foods. Much more than simply a cooking series, “Seasoned with Spirit” is a visually stunning, cultural adventure across the American landscape where viewers meet Native American peoples, see their breathtaking environs, learn their history and traditions, and, best of all, taste their cuisine.

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Watch “Seasoned with Spirit: Food Upon the Water” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the 40 weeks of the celebration. You can find the complete schedule here.

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of Vision Maker Media programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media – to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information, www.visionmakermedia.org

Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

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Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks – Kinaalda: Navajo Rite of Passage

In this week’s featured Vision Maker Media film, filmmaker Lena Carr documents her niece’s Kinaaldá — a Navajo celebration of the transition from childhood to womanhood that the filmmaker herself was unable to experience.

In documenting the four-day coming-of-age ceremony, Carr provides a rare insider’s look at Navajo culture and the complexities of growing up Navajo in contemporary times, while telling a deeply personal story about herself and her family.

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Watch “Kinaaldá: a Navajo Rite of Passage” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the 40 weeks of the celebration. You can find the complete schedule here.

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of Vision Maker Media programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media – to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information, www.visionmakermedia.org

Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

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Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: Rocks With Wings

In 1980, Jerry Richardson, a 24-year-old black man from East Texas who had just finished college in Louisiana, took a job coaching the varsity girls’ basketball team in the depressed Navajo town of Shiprock, New Mexico. The Lady Chieftains launch themselves on a journey towards victory — but success comes at a cost, and behind-the-scenes conflict over Jerry’s methods builds to an explosive finale.

This week’s featured Vision Maker Media film, “Rocks With Wings,” is a story of winning and losing, of struggling with race, heritage and societal expectations for the players, their coach and the entire Navajo community.

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Watch “Rocks With Wings” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the 40 weeks of the celebration. You can find the complete schedule here.

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of Vision Maker Media programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media – to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information, www.visionmakermedia.org

Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

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Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: Apache 8

“You never knew what you were going to face … you were with a bunch of women that could handle anything.”

This week’s Vision Maker Media film, “Apache 8,” tells the story of an all-women wildland firefighter crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe, who have 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. “Apache 8” weaves together a compelling tale of these remarkable firefighters, revealed for the first time.

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Watch “Apache 8” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the 40 weeks of the celebration. You can find the complete schedule here.

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of Vision Maker Media programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media – to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information, www.visionmakermedia.org

Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

Follow Vision Maker Media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Vimeo, Pinterest, or Google+.

Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: Waterbuster

“My grandmother rarely spoke of the days of the Garrison Dam and the flooding of our ancestral lands, but when she did, she always spoke of what lay below as her true home. I have come back here to reclaim that home and what was denied to my generation and all the generations that will follow.”

In this week’s featured Vision Maker Media film, producer J. Carlos Peinado returns to his grandmother’s home on the Fort Berthold Reservation, which was flooded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1947 for the building of the Garrison Dam. “Waterbuster” explores the aftermath of the flooding through the perspective of the displaced Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara people, giving light to a portrait of resilience and survival in the face of catastrophic change.

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Watch “Waterbuster” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the 40 weeks of the celebration. You can find the complete schedule here.

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of Vision Maker Media programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media – to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information, www.visionmakermedia.org

Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

Follow Vision Maker Media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Vimeo, Pinterest, or Google+.