Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks – For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska

Learn more about the struggle for Alaskan Native civil rights in this week’s featured Vision Maker Media film, “For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska.”

This blend of documentary and drama depicts a growing activist movement for citizenship, voting rights, and school desegregation, culminating in the Senate testimony of activist of Tlingit activist Elizabeth Peratrovich, who swayed the floor vote in favor of the passage of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Act – the first civil rights bill passed in the United States since the Civil War.

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Watch “For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska” 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: Aleut Story

Follow the incredible story of the Aleuts’ decades-long struggle for human and civil rights in this week’s featured Vision Maker Media film, “Aleut Story.”

In 1942, as World War II reached Alaska, Aleut Americans were transferred to government camps 1,500 miles away, where an estimated 10 percent perished. The surviving Aleuts eventually joined Japanese Americans in seeking wartime reparations from the federal government. Narrated by Martin Sheen and featuring an original music score by composer Alan Koshiyama, this poignant, richly textured film contains rare archival images and compelling interviews with Aleut internment survivors — many of whom are speaking out for the first time in more than 60 years.

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Watch “Aleut Story” 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: The Return of Navajo Boy

This week, Vision Maker Media presents the acclaimed international documentary that reunited a family and triggered a federal investigation into uranium contamination, “The Return of Navajo Boy.”

The award-winning film chronicles an incredible struggle for environmental justice through the story of the Cly family, who appeared in a silent 1950s film titled The Navajo Boy. The reappearance of the film not only reveals the devastating effects of uranium mining around Monument Valley, but reunites a long-lost brother with the family. A powerful new epilogue (produced in 2008) shows how the film and the outreach campaign around it has created news, rallied supporters, and impacted the discussion around environmental reform.

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Watch “The Return of Navajo Boy” 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 – Indian Country Diaries: Spiral of Fire

Last week’s featured Indian Country Diaries film presented the story of urban Indian life in Los Angeles. This week’s documentary,  “Spiral of Fire,” takes us to the other side of the country and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on their reservation in North Carolina.

Choctaw writer LeAnne Howe takes us on a journey to one of the most beautiful places in America where Cherokees live on land they’ve inhabited for 10,000 years. Howe explores how their fusion of tourism, cultural preservation, and spirituality is working to insure their tribe’s vitality in the 21st century, while seeking to reconcile her own complex identity.

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Watch “Indian County Diaries: Spiral of Fire” 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 – Indian Country Diaries: A Seat at the Drum

In this week’s featured Vision Maker Media film, visit the largest Native American community in the nation — the city of Los Angeles.

The Indian Country Diaries series goes inside modern Native American communities to reveal a diverse people working to revitalize their culture while improving the social, physical, and spiritual health of their people. In “A Seat at the Drum,” journalist Mark Anthony Rolo (Bad River Ojibwe) journeys to L.A. to meet American Indians who were relocated from poor reservations to the cities in the last half of the 20th century. Rolo investigates the underlying challenges facing urban Indians in America, and undergoes his own journey to find a “seat at the drum.”

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Watch “Indian County Diaries: A Seat at the Drum” 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: Weaving Worlds

Explores the lives of Navajo artisans and their unique–and often controversial–relationship with Reservation traders in this week’s featured Vision Maker Media film, “Weaving Worlds.”

In this compelling and intimate portrait of economic and cultural survival through art, Navajo filmmaker Bennie Klain takes viewers into the world of contemporary Navajo weavers and their struggles for self-sufficiency. The film artfully relates the Navajo concepts of kinship and reciprocity with the human and cultural connections to sheep, wool, water and land in the world of contemporary Navajo weavers struggling for self-sufficiency.

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Watch “Weaving Worlds” 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: Games of the North

Braced for January snow and ice? 2017’s first featured Vision Maker Film is “Games of the North,” which explores the world of traditional Inuit sports in the frozen Arctic.

The film focuses on four modern Inuit athletes as they travel through Alaska to compete in games of mental strength and physical endurance. Acrobatic and explosive, these sports are vital for survival in the Arctic. As waves of change sweep across their traditional lands, their role is stronger than ever.

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Watch “Games of the North” 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: Harold of Orange

It’s been a rough year for many, but you’ve still got to laugh. 2016’s last featured Vision Maker Media film is “Harold of Orange,” a comedy-satire by Anishanaabe poet and scholar Gerald Vizenor that takes on the bureaucracy of business between two important Minnesota groups — American Indians and philanthropic foundations.

Charlie Hill stars as Harold, trickster and founder of the New School of Socioacupuncture, who is scheming to obtain corporate funding for a chain of coffeehouses featuring reservation-grown “pinch bean” coffee. What happens next — well, you’ll have to watch the film.

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

We’ll be back in the new year with over 30 more films from Vision Maker Media before the anniversary celebration ends. Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the next 40 weeks. 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: Native American Night Before Christmas and Twelve Days of Native Christmas

Happy holidays from Vision Maker Media! This week we’re sharing two animated specials from the archives: “Native American Night Before Christmas” and “Twelve Days of Native Christmas.”

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Written and directed by Choctaw and Cherokee author Gary Robinson, with illustrations by Cherokee artist Jesse T. Hummingbird, these five-minute films bring a Native American perspective to Yuletide classics.

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Watch “Native American Night Before Christmas” and “Twelve Days of Native Christmas” 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 next 40 weeks. 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: Trudell

This week’s featured Vision Maker Media film, “Trudell,” presents Native American author, poet, actor, musician, and political activist John Trudell.

Trudell’s life and impact — from his role as the voice of Radio Free Alcatraz during the United Indians’ of All Tribes takeover of Alcatraz beginning in 1969, to his work in the American Indian Movement throughout the 1970s, to his radically political music, poetry and film — holds a deep resonance today, as does his message of active, personal responsibility to the earth, all of its inhabitants and our descendants.

Combining images and archival footage with interviews and performances, this 2005 biographical film reveals the philosophy and motivations behind Trudell’s work and his impact on contemporary history and politics.

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Watch “Trudell” 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 next 40 weeks. 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+.