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UEN American Indian Film Festival

This month UEN partners with Native American Public Telecommunications, the nation's curator of Native media, for a month-long festival of independent films produced by and about American Indians and Alaskan Natives. We're pleased to share these quality stories of tribal nations and community beliefs, culture, and history with Utah learners of all ages. Film screenings are in-person Nov 20 & 21 and throughout the month on UEN-TV.

Dates and Locations:
  Utah Valley University
  Library Auditorium
  November 20

  University of Utah
  Union Building Theater
  November 21

 6:00 pm

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Watch on UEN-TV

Native Report: Native Report is an entertaining, informative magazine style series that celebrates Native American culture and heritage, listens to tribal elders, and talks to some of the most powerful and influential leaders of Indian Country today.
Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.
A History of American Indian Achievement: This 8-part series tells three stories of remarkable civilizations creating architecture, technology and art that matched the greatest success of any ancient culture. The programs bring little known American Indian accomplishments to the viewer in this enlightening tribute to the American Indian.
Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.
Good Meat: Once obese, this real-time movie documents Beau LeBeau’s (Oglala Lakota) journey to get healthy by converting to a traditional Lakota diet centered on buffalo and native foods.
Friday, November 1 at 8:00 p.m.
Indians Like Us: French citizens dress and make appearances as Native Americans at various village fairs alongside their countrymen in France. They finally travel to meet “real Indians” on a two-week drive across the Midwest and discover the reality of contemporary Native Americans is quite different from their portrayed envisioning.
Saturday, November 2 at 9:00 p.m.
Walking into the Unknown: Dr. Arne Vainio works on the Fond du Lac (Ojibwe) Reservation in northern Minnesota, where his Native patients face grim health statistics. This documentary reveals Dr. Vainio’s vulnerability as he reverses roles and finds himself a patient.
Friday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m.
Defending The Homeland: Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces: Dr. Arne 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 American military leaders as early as the 18th century. This documentary 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. The film showcases their emotional battles both overseas as warriors and here at home as veterans.
Saturday, November 9 at 8:00 p.m.
Utah's Blackhawk War: Cultures In Conflict: Dr. The documentary focuses on the cultural and political affairs during the 1860’s in the Territory of Utah between Ute Indians and Mormon settlers.
Wednesday, November 13 at 9:00 p.m.
Looking Toward Home: An increasing number of Native Americans are leaving the reservation for life in cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area. The life and times of these urban Indians is profiled.
Thursday, November 14 at 9:00 p.m.
Sousa on the Rez: Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum: The origins of four remaining multi-generational, community-based tribal bands; the Iroquois Indian Band from upstate New York, the Fort Mojave Tribal and from Needles, Calif., the Zuni Pueblo Band from northwestern New Mexico and the Navajo Nation Band from Arizona show a vibrant musical tradition of tubas, trumpets and John Phillip Sousa marches.
Thursday, November 14 at 9:00 p.m.
Racing The Rez: For the Navajo and Hopi, running is much more than a sport, it is woven into the cultural fabric of their lives. This film offers a rare view into the surprising complexity and diversity of contemporary reservation life, from the viewpoint of five teenage boys on the cusp of adulthood.
Thursday, November 21 at 9:00 p.m.
Urban Rez: The program explores the controversial legacy and modern-day repercussions of the urban Relocation Program (1952-1973), the greatest voluntary upheaval of Native Americans during the 20th century. Interviewees speak about the challenges of maintaining one’s own tribal traditions – from language to hunting – while assimilating into the larger society
Saturday, November 23 at 9:00 p.m.
For the Generations: Native Story and Performance: The efforts of contemporary Native performers to recast themselves in the 21st century are examined. Told through original performance footage and the artist’s own words, this documentary explores the health and fitness issues that plague Native youth on and off the reservations.
Sunday, November 24 at 8:00 p.m.
Seeking Water from the Sun: Rosie Sekayumptewa returned to her native Navajo Nation after 30 years and found that life remained unchanged. There was no access to safe, clean water. Almost forty percent of the Navajo Nation’s residents drive hundreds of miles every month to haul water back to their homes. This program takes viewers on a journey into the drama of scientific innovation and the harsh reality of life without water. It visits laboratories and homesteads, follows residents and scientists, all to explore the very human story of a very real need, water.
Monday, November 25 at 8:30 p.m.
Injunuity: Injunuity is a mix of animation, music and real thoughts from real people exploring our world from the Native American perspective.
Wednesday, November 27 at 8:30 p.m.
Sitting Bull: A Stone In My Heart: 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. The film presents the story of a warrior, spiritual leader and skilled diplomat and brings the life and spirit of a legendary figure of whom people have often heard of but don’t really know.
Wednesday, November 27 at 9:00 p.m.
Grab: Grab Day has been celebrated in the villages of New Mexico’s Laguna Pueblo tribe for 300 years. The film follows three families as they prepare for the annual event honoring Catholic saints and family members.
Saturday, November 30 at 9:00 p.m.

Additional Resources

We Shall Remain: KUED 7 produced We Shall Remain: A Native History of Utah, a five-part documentary focusing on the stories and ways of the Ute, Paiute, Northwestern Shoshone, Goshute, and Navajo people. Below are lesson plans and resources that support the documentaries.
American Indian Heritage Month: UEN gathered these resources to help you celebrate the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of the U.S.
2013 Indigenous Day
Honoring Utah's Indigenous People.
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