Growing Native

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Boots Kennedye has been on the road listening to stories about the tribes of the Great Lakes region for the Vision Maker Media series, Growing Native.

Indigenous communities around the world and in the U.S. resist threats to their sacred places—the original protected lands—in a growing movement to defend human rights and restore the environment.

In this four-part documentary series, Native people share ecological wisdom and spiritual reverence while battling a utilitarian view of land in the form of government megaprojects, consumer culture, and resource extraction as well as competing religions and climate change.

Legendary as one of America's greatest horse tribes, the 21st century Nez Perce decided to bring horses back to their land and lives with the unlikely help of a charismatic Navajo horseman, Rudy Shebala.

Gyasi Ross is of both the Blackfeet nation and the Suquamish nation, and currently lives on the Port Madison Indian Reservation.  He is a father, lawyer, filmmaker and author.  For many people living on the reservation Ross is the only lawyer they know, he said, and so he gives legal advice as best he can. Above his various vocations, Ross is most passionate about being a father to his son.

From Tohatchi, New Mexico, on the Navajo Reservation, Ramona Emerson (Diné) is a filmmaker who received her degree in Media Arts from the University of New Mexico in 1997 and has worked as a professional videographer, writer, and editor. Over her thirteen-year career, Emerson has received support from the State of New Mexico, National Geographic, Sundance Institute, and the Ford Foundation.

Vision Maker Media says goodbye to Blue Tarpalechee (Muscogee-Creek), who has been a project coordinator with Vision Maker Media since 2011. In this role, he coordinated educational resources for the organization and served as associate producer for the highly anticipated upcoming series "Growing Native," hosted by Chris Eyre.

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Breastfeeding is not unique to humans. All 4,000 species of mammals produce a milk designed specifically for their infants.

The following are video chapters created to match with lesson plans outlined in the educational guide for Indian Relay.

Click the title of the chapter to see video.

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Pueblos created their communities around the activity of farming. The soils in Pueblo territory were variable as was the availability of water.

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As my internship comes to a close, I am excited to go back home and yet I am saddened to leave. My 350 mile sojourn to Anchorage, Alaska, and Alaska Public Media has been so informative, exciting and full of hard work. With each new experience a world opened up and I had but to step through. I’ve met new people, broke my ankle, directed a short and bought a new motorcycle. It has been an extremely busy summer!

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I've attended many ceremonies and community gatherings throughout Indian Country over the years. It doesn't matter what kind of gathering it is, for celebration, healing or saying good-bye to a loved one, there are similarities among them. Everyone pitches in to make them a success, there is the love and sense of community felt by those who attend, and there is food--A LOT of it.  

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