KCET Commemorates Native American Heritage Month in November with Inspiring Programming | KCET
KCET Commemorates Native American Heritage Month in November with Inspiring Programming
Sitting Bull: A
Stone in My Heart - Friday, Nov. 1 at 9 p.m.
This award-winning documentary makes extensive use of Sitting Bull's own
words, giving the viewer an intimate portrait of one of America's legendary
figures in all his complexities as a leader of the great Sioux Nation. Sitting Bull's words, as portrayed by Adam
Fortunate Eagle, dominate the story, augmented by a narrator's historical
perspective, inlcuding more than 600 historical photographs and images, and a
compelling original music score. The film brings to life the little-known human
side of Sitting Bull as well as the story of a great man's struggle to maintain
his people's way of life against an ever-expanding westward movement of white
settlers. It is a powerful cinematic journey into the life and spirit of a
legendary figure of whom people have often heard of but don't really know.
Homeland: Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces - Thursday, Nov. 7 at
From the American Revolution to World Wars I and II to present day Iraq and
Afghanistan, Native Americans have a long tradition of participation in the
United States military. Their courage, determination, and fighting spirit were
recognized by U.S. military leaders as early as the 18th century. Defending the Homeland: Native Americans in
the United States Armed Forces: is a documentary that brings their stories
to life. California's Pala Band of Mission Indians and the Pauma Band of
Luiseno Indians have an especially illustrious history of military service.
This film showcases their emotional battles both overseas as warriors and here
at home as veterans.
Talkers - Sunday, Nov. 10 at 4:30 p.m.
The Choctaw Soldiers were the original Code Talkers during World War I, a
story which has been buried in history for nearly a hundred years. With
testimonies from family members and Choctaw tribal leaders, the program brings
a unique perspective to these forgotten heroes and their wartime
Injunuity - Thursday, Nov. 14 at
Injunuity is a collage of
reflections on the Native American world, including our shared past, turbulent
present, and undiscovered future. From Columbus to the western expansion to
tribal casinos, we are taught that the Native way, while at times glorious, is
something of the past, something that needed to be replaced by a manifest
destiny from across the ocean. But in a world increasingly short of real
answers, it is time we looked to Native wisdom for guidance. It is time for
some 'injunuity.' Injunuity is a mix
of animation, music, and real thoughts from real people exploring our world
from the Native American perspective. Every word spoken is verbatim, every
thought and opinion is real, told in nine short pieces and covering such topics
as language preservation, sacred sites, and the environment. But rather than
simply revisit our history, the goal of Injunuity
is to help define our future, to try and figure out the path that lies before
us, to focus on where we are going as well as where we have been.
Racing the Rez - Friday, Nov. 15 at 9
For the Navajo and Hopi, running is much more than a sport, it is woven
into the cultural fabric of their lives. Encouraged by their elders, many
Navajos and Hopis begin running at an early age - to greet the morning sun, to
prepare for a ceremony or simply to challenge themselves in the vast,
southwestern landscape. In the rugged canyon lands of Northern Arizona, Navajo
and Hopi cross-country runners from two rival high schools vie for the state
championship while striving to find their place among their native people and
the larger American culture. Win or lose, what they learn over the course of
two racing seasons has a dramatic effect on the rest of their lives. Combining
interviews with verite-style shooting, Racing
the Rez offers a rare view into the surprising complexity and diversity of
contemporary reservation life, from the point of view of five teenage boys on
the cusp of adulthood. The documentary follows Ryan, Dennis, Billy, Johnny and
Joyai from the classrooms to their remote, un-electrified homes, from grueling
runs across canyons and mesas to their ultimate day of reckoning - the state
meet - and beyond.
Apache 8 - Friday, Nov. 29 at 9
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 more than 30 years.
The film delves into the challenging lives of these Native firefighters. Four
extraordinary women from different generations of the Apache 8 crew share their
personal narratives with humor and tenderness. They speak of hardship and loss,
family and community, and pride in being a firefighter from Fort Apache. This
documentary weaves together a compelling tale of these remarkable firefighters,
revealed for the first time.
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of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning
local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around
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Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly
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