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.


George Custer

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

Geronimo : 1 hr

The Chiricahua Apache medicine man and warrior who refused to accept white man's 'civilization.' Part of The Wild West collection.


American Experience

Geronimo and the Apache Resistance : 1 hr

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

Grand Coulee Dam : 90 mins

The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.


American Experience

In the White Man's Image : 1 hr

Schools taught Native Americans to imitate white men in a liberal "civilizing" mission in 1875.


American Experience

Indians, Outlaws, and Angie Debo : 1 hr

In 1936 Angie Debo uncovered the U.S. government's theft of Native Americans' oil rich lands in Indian Territories of Oklahoma.


American Experience

Ishi: The Last Yahi Indian : 1 hr

The last surviving member of a California Indian tribe became a sensation in 1911.


Kit Carson

Kit Carson : 90 mins

The ultimate frontiersman, Carson inspired popular novels before being associated with the "Long Walk" of the Navajo people.


American Experience

The Last Stand At Little Big Horn : 1 hr

The quick battle with no white survivors that pitted Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse against General George Custer, told from both sides.


American Experience

Views of a Vanishing Frontier : 1 hr

The journey of Prince Maximilian, German naturalist, and artist Karl Bodmer, who explored the Mississippi River area from 1832-1834.


 We Shall Remain

We Shall Remain : 5 hrs

The story of Native peoples’ valiant resistance to expulsion from their lands and the extinction of their culture.


American Experience

Yosemite - The Fate of Heaven : 1 hr

This stunning film portrait of Yosemite National Park uses the 1851 diary of the first expedition of soldiers into the Native American territory.




Producer Picks

Triangle Fire

Triangle Fire : 1 hr

Triangle Fire is one of three AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentaries to be honored with a win at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards.


Relevant Now

death and the civil war

Death and the Civil War : 2 hrs

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War


jfk

JFK : 4 hrs

The Fall of 2013 will mark the 50th Anniversary of JFK's assassination. No president since Kennedy has earned higher approval ratings.