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Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience: Introduction (02:31)


When the Pilgrims landed in America, there were over 100,000,000 Native Americans. Today, indigenous people make up 2% of the population. Native American's discuss preserving their cultural heritage and what it means to live in modern times.

Living in Two Worlds (08:00)

Scott Badenoch loved spending his summers at the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation and the school year in suburban Chicago. He sings a lullaby in Ojibwe. Native Americans discuss living between the modern world and the reservation.

Betting on the Future (02:16)

Dennis Kequom, Sr. explains how the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe grew holdings to include multi-million dollar casinos. Native Americans explain that the belief the tribe is wealthy due to gambling is a popular misconception.

Kill the Indian, Save the Child (07:08)

Badenoch describes how the Carlisle Indian School removed the children's cultural heritage and created distrust in the government. Kevin Chamberlain describes his experiences at these institutions. Native Americans discuss their relatives who matriculated.

Walking the Red Road (03:48)

Tribes invest in residential treatment programs to promote recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. The Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities feels that men need to obtain medical insurance as easily as women and children.

Culture as Prevention (03:56)

Native Americans discuss how tribes are losing their language and culture. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe encourages language immersion classes for children. Genia explains how the drum is a metaphor for the heartbeat of their community.

Calling on the Ancestors (02:33)

Badenoch visits the trail that connects two NOC villages (one on Lake Superior and the other on Lake Michigan) to achieve clarity.

Keepers of the Sacred Fire (03:20)

Native Americans discuss the impact of the sacred fire in the wabano and the teachings of Nowahtin.

Lighting the Sacred Fire (04:14)

Bruce Hardwick describes how to light the sacred fire which includes sweetgrass, cedar, sage, and tobacco. Duane Kinnart explains how the wabano helps participants let go of issues.

The Purifying Lodge (04:20)

Kinnart asks the fire for permission to transfer it to the purifying lodge. Seven teachings come with the lodge including respect, love, truth, humility, and generosity. Cedar connects the stones to the sweat tent.

Telling Our Story (02:04)

Native News Networks try to educate the public and Native Americans about pressing concerns in the indigenous community. An article went viral after a middle-school student in Wisconsin was suspended for speaking Menominee at a basketball game.

Hallowing Out Your Bones (02:17)

Scott Badenoch asks for assistance from the breath of the creator every time he begins a new project. Instead of testing children, schools should focus on intuitive understanding and invention.

Pow Wow for Mother Earth (05:04)

Native Americans form a drum circle. The ceremony honors veterans, thanks Mother Earth and the creator, and respects the elders of the tribe. Levi Rickert interviews Bunky Echo-Hawk about his art and work with Nike.

The Medicine Wheel (03:00)

Most individuals who live in Mount Pleasant have never visited the Saginaw Chippewa Reservation, except to go to the casino. Other locations to visit include the Ziibiwing Center and museum. The Medicine Wheel encompasses all people.

Credits: Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience (00:47)

Credits: Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience

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This compelling one hour documentary invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native Americans. It dispels the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the American horizon, and reveals how they continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive, and make significant contributions to society. Their experiences will deeply touch both Natives and non-Natives and help build bridges of understanding, respect, and communication. The tragic history of Native Americans is considered by many to be our “American Holocaust.” This can be seen in the history of the Boarding School Era, during which time Native children were forcibly removed from their homes and placed into boarding schools. Interviewees explain how this past trauma continues to negatively impact their emotional and physical health today and contribute to urgent social problems. To help heal this historical trauma, First Nations people are reclaiming their spiritual and cultural identity. The stories shared in this documentary are powerful, startling, despairing and inspiring. They reflect an American history fraught with the systematic destruction of a people. Yet, amidst the debris of suffering and trauma, there is resilience and a profound remembering and healing taking place today, which will also benefit the next Seven Generations.

Length: 56 minutes

Item#: BVL141348

ISBN: 978-1-64198-180-4

Copyright date: ©2013

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