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I Am Different from My Brother: Dakota Name-giving

Produced by Native American Public Broadcasting Consortium, in association with the University of Wisconsin Green Bay Center for Television Production.
CALL # E99.D1 I2 1981.
PUBLISHER: Lincoln, Neb. : The Consortium, c1981.
DESCRIPTION: 1 videocassette (VHS) (20 min.) ; 1/2 in.
SUMMARY: The lives of the children of a Dakota Indian family are shown to be a mixture of modern western and traditional culture as this film documents the events culminating in their name-giving ceremony, where they receive their Dakota name and enter adulthood.
OTHER TITLE: Dakota name-giving.

I Heard the Owl Call My Name

Teleplay by Gerald di Pego ; produced and directed by Daryl Duke.
CALL # PS3553.R277 I26 1998.
PUBLISHER: [S.l.] : VCI Home Video, c1998.
DESCRIPTION: 1 videocassette (ca. 78 min.) ; 1/2 in.
SUMMARY: Story about a young priest who, unaware that he is dying, is sent to a remote parish in Canada to minister to an Indian community. Father Mark's gentle struggle to reach an understanding with the Indians mirrors his inner strength to understand his own situation.

I Will Fight No More Forever

Wolper Productions ; produced by Stan Margulies ; written by Jeb Rosebrook and Theodore Strauss ; directed by Richard T. Heffron.
CALL # E83.877 .I95 1990.
PUBLISHER: Los Angeles, CA : Heritage Entertainment ; Chicago, IL : Distributed by Questar Video, c1990.
DESCRIPTION: 1 videocassette (ca. 109 min.) ; 1/2 in.
SUMMARY: Re-enactment of the story of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Indians and his 1700-mile 108-day fighting retreat from the pursuing U.S. Army.

Images of Indians

CALL # PN1995.9 .I48 1989.
PUBLISHER: Lincoln, NE : Native American Public Broadcasting Consortium, 1989.
DESCRIPTION: 5 videocassettes (28 min. each) ; 1/2 in.
CONTENTS: The great movie massacre -- How Hollywood wins the West -- Warpaint and wigs -- Heathen Injuns and the Hollywood gospel -- The movie reel Indian.
SUMMARY: Explores the image of North American Native stereotypes as portrayed and popularized by Hollywood westerns. Designed to help students become more aware of the negative effects of stereotyping.

Imagining Indians

Writer, producer, director, Victor Masayesva, Jr. PUBLISHER: Watertown,
CALL # PN1995.9.I48 I52 1992.
MA : Documentary Educational Resources, 1992.
DESCRIPTION: 1 videocassette (57 min.) ; 1/2 in.
SUMMARY: Using an eclectic mix of interviews, staged scenes and graphic imagery, this film represents a Native American's view of the disparity between self-perception and the white culture's principally Hollywood-inspired interpretations of American Indians.

In the Land of the War Canoes: Kwakiutl Indian Life on the Northwest Coast

By Edward S. Curtis.
CALL # E-10,911
PUBLISHER: Seattle, Wash. : University of Washington Press, 1973.
DESCRIPTION: 1 reel, 44 min.; 16 mm. & guide.
SUMMARY: Presents an epic saga of Kwakiutl Indian life on the northwest coast of America as filmed in the summer of 1914 at Kwakiutl villages on Vancouver Island, Canada, by Edward S. Curtis. Edited and restored with the addition of an authentic sound track.
OTHER TITLE: In the land of the head hunters. [Motion picture]

In the Light of Reverence

Director McLeod, Christopher.
ALL # E98.R3 I5 2001.
PUBLISHER: Oley, PA : Bullfrog Films, 2001.
DESCRIPTION: 1 videocassette (73 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. + 1 guide.
SUMMARY: Across the United States, Native Americans are struggling to protect their sacred places. Religious freedom, so valued in America, is not guaranteed to those who practice land-based religions. This film presents three indigenous communities in their struggles to protect their sacred sites from rock climbers, tourists, stripmining and development and New Age religious practitioners.
OTHER TITLE: Subtitle on container: Protecting America's sacred lands

In the White Man's Image

A production of the Native American Public Broadcasting Consortium & the Nebraska Educational Television Network for the American Experience.
CALL # E97.5 .I6 1992.
PUBLISHER: [s.l. : s.n.] , c1992.
DESCRIPTION: 1 videocassette (56 min.); 1/2 in. + 1 Student Worksheet.
SUMMARY: Historians and writers focus on the late 19th century experiment of indoctrinating young Native Americans so that they would become alienated from their language, religion, history and social customs. The catalyst for change was the government sponsored Indian Schools of which Carlisle is a prime example. The primary result was a generation of Native Americans uncompatable in both the Indians and white cultures.
OTHER TITLE: White man's image. American experience (Television program)

In Whose Honor?

Written and produced by Jay Rosenstein.
CALL # E98.E85 I52 1997.
PUBLISHER: Ho-ho-kus, NJ : New Day Films, c1997.
DESCRIPTION: 1 videocassette (46 min., 15 sec.) ; 1/2 in.
SUMMARY: Discussion of Chief Illiniwek as the University of Illinois mascot, and the effect the mascot has on Native American peoples. Graduate student Charlene Teters shares the impact of the Chief on her family. Interviewees include members of the Board of Regents, students, alumni, current and former "Chiefs" and members of the community.
OTHER TITLE: Title on cassette label and container: In whose honor? : American Indian mascots in sports. Subtitle on cassette label and container: American Indian mascots
in sports.

"indian": A History of Native Arizona

Written and produced by Bill McCune.
CALL # F811 .I52 1992.
PUBLISHER: Phoenix, Ariz. : William McCune Productions for Television,
c1992.
DESCRIPTION: 1 videocassette (VHS) (144 min.) ; 1/2 in.
SUMMARY: The history and cultures of all Arizona tribes, from pre-historic
times to the present.

Indian America

CALL # D-10,943.
PUBLISHER: Sterling Educational Films, New York [n.d.]
DESCRIPTION: 2 reels, 50 min; 16 mm.
SUMMARY: A documentary of the American Indian today, filmed on location across the country. Varied Indian life and culture shown-- Sioux, Iroquois, Navajo, Cherokee, Seminole are among them.

Indian Artist of the Southwest

John S. Candelario, producer ; Arthur Gould, director and writer ; made by Cine 937 Productions.
CALL # B-7030.
PUBLISHER Santa Fe, N.M. : United Industrial Films [production company] : released by Paul Cox, [1957?]
DESCRIPTION: 1 film reel (20 min.) ; 16 mm.
SUMMARY: A history of American Indian painting. Shows examples of early petroglyphs or stone painting; the plains war period when tepees, robes, and shields bore figures of horses and men in battle, ceremonial, or hunt; and works of modern Indian artists. Depicts the life of Joe Herrera, and shows him as he paints in the modern idiom the symbolism of the past ages of his ancient Indian heritage.

Indian Boy of the Southwest

Wayne Mitchell.
CALL # B-9294.
PUBLISHER: Santa Monica, Calif. : BFA Educational Media, c1963.
DESCRIPTION: 1 reel, 15 min; 16 mm.
SUMMARY: Shows in detail the life of Toboya, an Indian boy who lives in a Hopi village in the Southwest. Shows the daily activities of the boy in the pueblo and at school. Explains that the Hopis are preserving the best of their old ways of life while adopting the best of the modern ways. Includes scenes of pottery making and basket weaving.

Indian Boy in Today's World

New Document Productions.
CALL # B-9540.
PUBLISHER: Chicago : Coronet Instructional Films, 1971.
DESCRIPTION: 1 film reel (14 min.) ; 16 mm.
SUMMARY: Describes the everyday life and culture of the American Indian, as evidenced in the life of a nine year old Makah Indian boy, who has always lived on the reservation and faces the challenge of growing up in a non-Indian world. ALT CALL # E99.M19.

Indian by Birth: The Lumbee Dialect

CALL # E99.C91 I5 2000.
PUBLISHER: [Raleigh, N.C.] : North Carolina Language and Life Project, Humanities Extension Publications, c2000.
DESCRIPTION: 1 videocassette (28 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
SUMMARY: Through interviews, looks at the Lumbee Indians of Robeson County, N.C. and how the English they speak has developed.

Indian Family of the California Desert

CALL # B-6790.
PUBLISHER: Educational Horizons, 1964. Made by Cynthia Chapman. Released by Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corp., 1967.
DESCRIPTION: 15 min. ; 16 mm.
SUMMARY: A Cahuilla Indian woman recalls childhood memories of her early primitive life. Her story illustrates the adaptation of her people to their desert and mountain environment, their craft skills in weapon making, basket weaving, and pottery making, and the creativity, intelligence, and joy that characterized the daily living activities of the Cahuilla Indians.

Indian Summer

Written, produced and directed by Rob Sabal.
CALL # PN1997 .S23 1992.
AUTHOR: Sabal, Rob.
PUBLISHER: Tucson, Ariz. : R. Sabal, c1992.
DESCRIPTION: 1 videocassette (80 min.) ; 1/2 in.
SUMMARY: A teenager runs away from his divorced father and befriends a Native American man who teaches him the ways of the Apache culture and the importance of family.

Indians of Early America

CALL # B-7653
PUBLISHER: Encyclopaedia Britannica films, 1957.
DESCRIPTION: 21 min., 16 mm.
SUMMARY: A study of Indian life and culture at the time the first white settlers came to America. Describes living patterns of agricultural Indians of the Southwest, fishermen of the Northwest, hunters of the eastern woodlands, and buffalo hunters of the Great Plains.

Indians of North America

Schlessinger Video Productions.
CALL # E77 .I65 1993.
PUBLISHER: Bala Cynwyd, PA : Schlessinger Video Productions, c1993.
DESCRIPTION: 10 videocassettes (ca. 30 min. each) ; 1/2 in.
SUMMARY: "These video programs are based upon the Chelsea House Publishers' series of the same name. Each video examines the issues discussed in U.S. and Canadian classrooms today: hard facts about the role of the U.S. government; debunks myths about Native Americans; explores their spiritual relationship with nature; discusses the role of women in their societies"-- Slipcase.
OTHER TITLE:
Maya.
Aztec.
Cherokee.
Indians of North America video collection.

Indians, Outlaws and Angie Debo

Produced by Barbara Abrash and Martha Sandlin ; written and directed by Martha Sandlin.
CALL # E78.O45 I52 1988.
PUBLISHER: Alexandria, Va. : PBS Video, c1988.
DESCRIPTION: 1 videocassette (58 min.) ; 1/2 in.
SUMMARY: A profile of historian Angie Debo. Focuses on her research in the 1930s uncovering a statewide conspiracy that deprived the Oklahoma Indians of their oil-rich lands and the efforts of officials and business interests to suppress her findings.
OTHER TITLE: American experience.

Indians' Sacred Spirit

A Fuse Films production ; written, directed, and edited by Martha Fiennes, Phil McDonald.
CALL # E99.O3 I5 2000
PUBLISHER: Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, c2000.
DESCRIPTION:1 videocassette (51 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
SUMMARY:This poignant collage features members of the Oglala Lakota Sioux living on and off the Pine Ridge reservation who present their unself-pitying yet pointed observations on Lakota history and modern-day Lakota life. Their creation myth and their attitudes toward Mother Earth and the concept of time contribute insights into their worldview, while footage of a major powwow and a tepee-raising offer glimpses of the people's cultural heritage. Wounded Knee and the extermination of the buffalo are discussed. Gang violence, alcoholism, lack of employment, and housing and health problems are also addressed, as well as the many faces of subjugation.
OTHER TITLE: Title on videocassette container and label: Sacred spirit : the Lakota Sioux, past and present

It Starts with a Whisper

Bay of Quinte Productions ; written, produced and directed by Shelley Niro and Anna Gronau.
CALL # E99.C3 I8 1993.
PUBLISHER: New York : Women Make Movies, c1993.
DESCRIPTION: 1 videocassette (28 min.) ; 1/2 in.
SUMMARY: This film follows a young woman who has grown up on a Reserve and her decision about which path to follow in life. To her the choice between traditional and contemporary values seems impossible. Guided by her ancestral spirits, she comes to realize that she may live her life in the present while remembering and respecting the people of the past and traditional ways.

Itam Hakim Hopiit: In Recognition of the Hopi Tricenntenial, 1680-1980

CALL # E99.H7 I8213 1984 and 1988 (1984 is Hopi and English; 1988 is Hopi only.)
PUBLISHER: [Hotevilla, Ariz.]: IS Productions, c1984.
DESCRIPTION: 1 videocassette (58 to 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
SUMMARY: Ross Macaya tells the story of his childhood, sings Hopi songs, tells tales of Hopi history
and his clan, and the Hopi tale of the end of the world. Translated to English from the
Hopi.

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