Celebrate Native American and Alaska Native Voices & Stories
Celebrate Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month this November with illuminating stories and films from PBS NC. Explore documentaries like The American Buffalo by Ken Burns and the new drama series Little Bird, which tells the story of Bezhig Little Bird, a young girl forcibly taken from Long Pine Reserve and adopted into a Jewish family. Additionally, learn more about the rich experiences of Indigenous people from North Carolina through NC Weekend shorts. Also, take a deep dive into the Land Back Movement, a crucial initiative dedicated to reclaiming ancestral lands and restoring Indigenous governance.
Premiering this Fall
Season 2 of Native America is a groundbreaking portrait of contemporary Indian Country. This four-part Native-directed series reveals the beauty and power of today’s Indigenous world. Smashing stereotypes, it follows the brilliant engineers, bold politicians and cutting-edge artists who draw upon Native tradition to build a better 21st century.
Watch Now | Native America Season 2 | Extended Trailer
The American Buffalo, A Film by Ken Burns
The dramatic story of how America’s national mammal, once numbering in the tens of millions and sustaining the Native people of the Great Plains for untold generations, was driven to the brink of extinction. Ken Burns recounts the collision––and tragic consequences––of two opposing views of the natural world.
Watch Now | The American Buffalo Official Trailer
This drama series follows the story of Bezhig Little Bird, who was forcibly removed from Long Pine Reserve as a child, adopted by a Jewish family in Montreal and renamed Esther Rosenblum. Eighteen years later, she embarks on a journey to unravel her history. Through an epic journey of connection and self-discovery, Bezhig Little Bird begins to find her lost family and put the pieces of her fragmented past back together.
Watch Now | Little Bird Trailer
America ReFramed: Town Destroyer
This documentary probes a passionate dispute over historic murals at a public high school depicting the life of George Washington: enslaver, general, land speculator, president and a man Seneca leaders called “town destroyer.” The controversy becomes a touchstone for a national debate over public art and historic memory in a time of racial reckoning.
Watch Now | Town Destroyer | Trailer
What Does “Authentically” Indigenous Look Like? | Sovereign Innovations
Discover how Indigenous innovation and technology allows Indigenous communities to survive and thrive now and across the centuries. Our host, Cheyenne Bearfoot, will explore various native and Indigenous identities across the globe in order to unravel stereotypes that have diminished innovations made by Indigenous peoples.
Watch Now | What Does “Authentically” Indigenous Look Like?
Spotlight on North Carolinians
Malinda Maynor Lowery: The Lumbee Indians
NC Bookwatch host DG Martin sits down with Malinda Maynor Lowery to discuss her 2018 book The Lumbee Indians. Dr. Lowery wrote this book to help non-historians better understand the history of this deeply rooted NC tribe and its community.
Watch Now | Malinda Maynor Lowery: The Lumbee Indians
North Carolina Weekend
NC Weekend highlights North Carolina businesses and experiences, including those owned and operated by Indigenous people from the state. Explore this collection of featured stories to discover the rich culture of Cherokee and Coharie Native Americans.
Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual
Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual is an art collective for Cherokee artists.
Understanding Land Back
The Land Back movement seeks to reclaim ancestral lands, with the goal of reinstating Indigenous governance over these territories. In essence, it’s about returning Indigenous land to its rightful owners. This concept has deep historical roots and has gained increased visibility on social media in recent years, notably following the No Access Dakota Pipeline protests at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
Learn more from the stories below and on pbs.org.
Native American communities are grappling with the fallout of government policies that separated Native children from their families and stripped them of their culture—first at boarding schools and later in white adoptive and foster homes. On June 15, 2023, the Supreme Court rejected challenges to Indian Child Welfare Act, a victory for Native communities working to overcome generations of trauma.
Watch Now | Generations Stolen | Preview
Watch Now | How Indigenous Communities Are Fighting Climate Change
More for Kids & Families
Inspired by Molly of Denali, the “Awesome Alaskan Kids” short series shows real kids from across Alaska filming their own vlogs. Each kid shares a unique perspective, culture and adventure as Alaskans and Alaska Natives.
Explore new reads from Native authors and illustrators. Discover family-friendly books that showcase contemporary Native American life, highlighting Native children and families.
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