Cherokee

Mankiller explores the life of Wilma Mankiller, the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation who led her people in building one of the strongest Indian Tribes in America. More than a biography, the program delivers an empowering message. 

Bryan Pollard is the Exectutive Editor of the Cherokee Phoenix, a news source that focuses on tribal issues.  

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Mark your calendar for the Sixth Biennial Vision Maker Film Festival, March 11-13, 2016, in Lincoln, Nebraska. The festival will showcase works by Native filmmakers. More than a dozen guest speakers involved with the showcased films also will attend.

Joey Stylez is Cree-Metis and a Moosomin First Nations Tribal member. Moosmin is located in Saskatchewan, Canada. He had a rough upbringing and overcame that by using his talent for putting a positive light on his Native heritage.

Quese Imc is an award-winning Hip Hop emcee, independent music producer and cultural activist. Quese is a member of the Pawnee and Seminole Nations. Quese and his brother are founding members of Native Hip Hop group “Culture Shock Camp.”

Lakota Jonez is Cherokee, Mohawk and Lakota. She was born in Florida and grew up all over the East Coast and Canada. She began performing at an early age--first in ballet, then writing, poetry, lyrics and finally music. Lakota wrote lyrics and poetry in high school and later found herself immersed in  Hip-Hop music. "Writing Hip-Hop lyrics was like telling a story," she said.

Nake Nula Waun (Nah-Kay, New-Lah, Wah- OO) or NNW is a Rap/Hip-Hop group from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Central South Dakota. The name Nake Nula Waun is a traditional Lakota phrase which means “I am always ready, at all times, for anything.”

This phrase was used to describe warriors before they went into battle. NNW members consist of Frank Waln, Thomas Schmidt (currently serving a bid in the Marines), Andre Easter and Kodi DeNoyer.

Gabriel Ayala is a member of the Yaqui Tribe of Southern Arizona. He recently won a Nammy Award from the Native American Music Association for Artist of the Year. Gabriel also holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona. His road to success was an outcome of Gabriel’s perseverance.

Musician Ras K'dee (Pomo Tribe of California) is from the San Francisco Bay area. He is also co-founder of S.N.A.G. Magazine--Seventh Native American Generation--a non-profit organization that aims to work with Native youth and their struggles.

With Christmas around the corner, families all over the country are looking for a family movie to sit down and enjoy. This year, families can indulge in a wholesome and entertaining film with a Native twist. Gary Robinson’s Native American Night Before Christmas released last November packs plenty of comedy, fun and education into its five-minute duration.

There was a time that Robert Vestal would have proclaimed competitive wrestling to be his life. When his back gave out, it put an end to that dream but not without shining a light, a spotlight, perhaps, on another.

Vestal, writer and director of a new radio play called The Bullfrog Lover, which is a fable derived from interviews recorded by anthropologist James Mooney in the 1800s with the Cherokee. It is performed by Cherokee high school students from North Carolina with Vestal's guidance.

This documentary explores the challenges faced by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on their reservation in North Carolina. Through the eyes of Choctaw writer LeAnne Howe, we see how their fusion of tourism, cultural preservation, and spirituality is working to insure their tribe's vitality in the 21st century.

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