#901 NATIVE AMERICAN TEENS: WHO WE ARE
A half-hour special from the Emmy Award-winning PBS teen series
What's it like to be a young Native American today? Teens from throughout the United States share their stories in this In the Mix special co-hosted by award-winning rap artist and film actor Litefoot. Shot around the country, the program features Kori, a champion lacrosse player from western New York; Hovia, a Grammy-nominated flute player from rural Idaho; and short films made by Native teens in Alaska and Washington State. A group of young leaders from cities and reservations also weigh in on the issues that affect them everyday—common misconceptions and stereotypes about Native Americans, how they balance traditional culture with contemporary concerns, and their hopes for the future.
Did You Know?
ü There are an estimated 4.4 million Native Americans, including those of more than one race. They make up 1.5% of the total American population.
ü There are about 150 Native American languages in the United States and Canada. About 381,000 people speak a native language at home.
ü About one-third of Native Americans live on reservations. The rest live in cities and town across the United States.
ü There are more than 550 federally recognized tribes in the United States, including 223 village groups in Alaska.
How to Use This Program
Studies conducted by RMC Research on previous In the Mix specials have shown that these programs engage the interest of teenagers, deliver information, and catalyze discussion on critical issues, as well as promote analytic thinking and a greater sense of self-efficacy among teens. The aim is to encourage thought and allow teens to generate their own creative solutions.
In this guide, we have outlined specific questions and answers based on the program's content. Questions can be used to open up more analytical discussion about related concepts. Also included are activities and longer-term projects. We suggest showing the entire program to the group, then presenting individual segments followed by discussion.
1. Research a Native American tribe that is represented in your geographic area. Find out about its history, culture, and the issues that concern the tribe today. Write a paper or present the information to the class.
3. Learn more about the sports and sporting events that are popular with Native Americans. Do a project on lacrosse, basketball, the Native American Olympics, or the Native Youth Olympics.
RESOURCES See: www.pbs.org/shows/nativeamerican
In the Mix Programs
Over 50 In the Mix programs of interest to grades 7–12 are available on topics including: Ecstasy and Club Drugs, Coping after 9–11, Dealing with Death, Smoking Prevention, Sex and Abstinence, School Violence, Cliques, Drug Abuse, Teen Immigrants, Depression and Suicide, Gun Violence, Computer Literacy; Self-Image and the Media, Sports Participation, Media Literacy, Activism, Alcohol and DWI, Dating Violence, Getting Into College, School to Work Transition, Careers, Relationships, AIDS, and others
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Funding for Native American Teens: Who We Are is provided by Native American Public Telecommunications. Series created by WNYC Radio. Copyright 2006 Castle Works, Inc.