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November is Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The celebration of Indigenous cultures began as a week-long celebration in 1986, when President Reagan proclaimed the week of November 23-30, 1986 as "American Indian Week." Every President since 1995 has issued annual proclamations designating the month of November as the time to celebrate the cultures, accomplishments, and contributions of Native American and Alaska Native communities.



We celebrate by listening and learning to Indigenous and native voices from across the continent. You can learn more about the diverse experiences of Native Americans and Alaska Natives with this collection of documentaries. You can stream these films and shows and more on PBS.org or on the PBS video app.


Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry it On

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From American Masters:

Experience the story of the Oscar-winning Indigenous artist from her rise to prominence in New York’s Greenwich Village folk music scene through her six-decade groundbreaking career as a singer-songwriter, social activist, educator and artist.


Watch Episodes of Alter-NATIVE: Kitchen

In this series from Independent Lens, see how cooking connects three Native chefs to their own histories. Watch as they teach others in their communities with mouth-watering delicacies.

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Brian Yazzie, a Diné/Navajo traveling chef, does presentations demonstrating Native cooking across the country while mentoring Native youth. Brian uses modern techniques with Indigenous ingredients, prepping amazing dishes like sumac duck confit with acorn squash, mushroom and sunflower shoots, turnips and sunchoke puree, sweetgrass-infused beet puree, and his very popular wild rice bowl.
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Brian Yazzie, a Diné/Navajo traveling chef, does presentations demonstrating Native cooking across the country while mento
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Traveling chef Brian Yazzie brings Native cuisine back home to the Navajo Nation in Arizona. There he looks for truly Indi
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In traditional Hawaiian culture, it was important for food to take you closer to the Gods. Come to Oahu, Hawai'i, where yo
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Kalā Domingo, a culinary student in Hawaii, cooks with his caterer father for an Indigenous conference in Maui and a recep
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Seattle-based chef Hillel Echo-Hawk focuses on traditional Pawnee foods, before Columbus and colonization, which means no
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All three Indigenous chefs featured in alter-NATIVE: Kitchen come together to prepare a multi-course meal of Native cuisin
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Experience the Vision Maker Media Film Festival

Experience the Vision Maker Media Film Festival

“Together” encompasses a collection, group, and union in or one place. Vision Maker Media is celebrating “Together” by gathering Native American and Alaska Native films for its ninth biennial film festival. You can stream the participation films online until November 13, 2022.

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Time Has Many Voices: The Excavation of the Muwekma Ohlone Village

In the Bay area of San Francisco is an ancient village site where Native peoples long ago lived and prospered. Now, in a once in a lifetime event, the descendants of those people, the Muwekma Ohlone, have partnered with archeologists to conduct one of the most intensive studies ever undertaken at an early pre-contact site in California.


Indigi-Genius

We love this series from New Mexico PBS!  Here's the latest episode, but you can stream all of them on PBS app!

Indigi-Genius is devoted to telling the scientific & cultural impact of Indigenous creations & knowledge of the past and present. Written & hosted by Dr. Lee Francis, pueblo & self described Indigi-Nerd, & funded in part by VisionMaker Media. The series covers a range of global Indigenous topics & breaks down the science, culture, history, & “Indigi-Genius” knowledge.

Conscience Point | Independent Lens

Conscience Point tracks the fractured history of the Shinnecock tribe on Long Island alongside the spirited path of one Native woman determined to make a stand: activist Rebecca Hill-Genia who, together with other determined tribal members and allies, has waged a relentless, years-long battle to protect the land and Shinnecock cultural heritage from the ravages of development and displacement.