Films: Native American History
Browse the entire American Experience series featuring over 250 films. Watch full films online, download teacher’s guides, go behind the scenes, and learn more about your favorite films.
Custer's Last Stand : 2 hrs
The Last Stand, the final act of General George Custer's larger-than-life career, played out on a grand stage with a spellbound public engrossed in the drama. Part of the Wild West collection.
Geronimo : 1 hr
The Chiricahua Apache medicine man and warrior who refused to accept white man's 'civilization.' Part of The Wild West collection.
The Native American leader fought against U.S. expansion onto Apache tribal land. The story of a tragic collision of two civilizations.
Grand Coulee Dam : 90 mins
The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.
The Great War : 6 hrs
A nation comes of age
In the White Man's Image : 1 hr
Schools taught Native Americans to imitate white men in a liberal "civilizing" mission in 1875.
In 1936 Angie Debo uncovered the U.S. government's theft of Native Americans' oil rich lands in Indian Territories of Oklahoma.
Ishi: The Last Yahi Indian : 1 hr
The last surviving member of a California Indian tribe became a sensation in 1911.
Kit Carson : 90 mins
The ultimate frontiersman, Carson inspired popular novels before being associated with the "Long Walk" of the Navajo people.
The quick battle with no white survivors that pitted Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse against General George Custer, told from both sides.
The Pilgrims : 2 hrs
The converging forces, circumstances, personalities and events that propelled a group of English men and women west across the Atlantic in 1620.
The journey of Prince Maximilian, German naturalist, and artist Karl Bodmer, who explored the Mississippi River area from 1832-1834.
We Shall Remain : 5 hrs
The story of Native peoples’ valiant resistance to expulsion from their lands and the extinction of their culture.
This stunning film portrait of Yosemite National Park uses the 1851 diary of the first expedition of soldiers into the Native American territory.