Watch ‘Boomtown’ Online and Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

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As Americans come off a historic day at the polls, American Documentary (the producer of POV) presents a film about America’s national identity. Boomtown, by Bryan Gunnar Cole, portrays the selling of fireworks by the Suquamish Nation–exploring life, liberty and the politics of Indian sovereignty in America.
November is Native American Heritage Month. Celebrate by watching Boomtown in its entirety on the POV website.

Originally broadcast on POV in 2002, Boomtown will be streaming as part of American Documentary’s True Lives series from November 5, 2008 to January 5, 2009.
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BoomtownBoomtown is a lively visit to the Suquamish Nation, near Seattle, where selling fireworks has become a tradition for some Suquamish tribal members. For 30 years, this part of Indian country has sold fireworks that are officially banned off the reservation, attracting non-Indian buyers from near and far.
On July 4th, the Suquamish tribe plays host to one of the most enjoyable and unpredictable fireworks shows around. In a place where federal, state and local policies routinely collide with Native sovereignty, Boomtown focuses on this animated enterprise, offering a special glimpse into contemporary Indian life. The irony of celebrating Independence Day is not lost on tribal members — but while one history reads as a litany of displacement, broken treaties and cultural destruction, another holds the memories and deeds of Indian contributions to the strength and development of the country as a whole. For Bennie Armstrong, tribal chairman of the Suquamish nation, the reality is that he and other Indians are dual citizens. Celebrating success as both American business people and as Indians with an outlook unique to their experiences and traditions, Boomtown reveals the most difficult job of all: walking in two worlds.

Watch Boomtown and other POV films on the POV website!

Andrew Catauro
Andrew Catauro
Andrew Catauro is a former Series Producer at POV. While at POV, he served on editorial panels and presented at festivals and conferences including the Sundance Film Festival, Doc/It in Trento, Italy, and the Asian Documentary Forum in Kolkata, India; as well as juries for the Brooklyn Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and East Silver Market in Jihlava, Czech Republic. His studies in Italian Cinema earned him the Immersion Award from the Milan International Film Festival. Andrew previously worked for the New York AIDS Film Festival and assisted Alexandra Kerry on documentary films in development. He holds a dual bachelor's degree from the Newhouse School of Public Communications and the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. Andrew's favorite documentaries are: Dark Days - Marc Singer The Gleaners & I - Agnès Varda Silverlake Life: The View from Here - Peter Friedman & Tom Joslin Manufacturing Consent - Mark Achbar & Peter Wintonick Tongues Untied - Marlon Riggs American Dream - Barbara Kopple Family Portrait Sittings - Alfred Guzzetti In Search of Our Fathers - Marco Williams The Education of Shelby Knox - Marion Lipschutz & Rose Rosenblatt Nobody's Business - Alan Berliner
  • http://www.wncemployees.com Rich Panther

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    As an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, I applaud efforts to illuminate such important issues in the mainstream culture. And yet, it is a personal frustration to rarerly see any discussion of potential solutions in most of these efforts.
    As a Clinical Social Worker providing psychotherapy to tribal members and as a business owner providing educational and organizational development services, I fencourage a focus on solutions and moving, eventually, beyond questions to get to the answers.
    Walking in two worlds for Native Americans must include a focus on answering critical questions about ourselves and how to move forward sucessfully into our shared future.