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For the Next Seven Generations
Watchers of the North
The Twelve Days of Native Christmas
My Home: An Oneida Legend
Raccoon & Crawfish: An Oneida Legend
Wapos Bay

LeAnne Howe – Eidson Distinguished Professor, Department of English – University of Georgia, Athens. Howe is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

The first documentary feature to chronicle the legendary accomplishments and mysterious life of the famed Cherokee Renaissance man, Sequoyah. While much is known about Sequoyah and his many accomplishments, we know very little about the man himself. The greatest mystery is not how he created the Cherokee syllabary, but rather the details of his final journey to Mexico and the circumstances of his death.

The Twelve Days of Native Christmas is an animated short film written and directed by Gary Robinson with illustrations by Jesse T. Hummingbird. The whole family will enjoy this whimsical adaptation of the timeless classic yuletide song The Twelve Days of Christmas adapted to a Native American perspective and illustrated by one of America's great Indian artists. Twelve different Native American groups are represented in the lyrics and images of this fanciful animated short film.

Many artists and musical forms played a role in the creation of rock, but arguably no single piece of music was more influential than the 1958 instrumental “Rumble” by American Indian rock guitarist and singer/songwriter Link Wray.

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.

Martha Redbone is of the Choctaw and Shawnee Nations. She is also of African descent. When Martha was younger she learned how to play piano and also the guitar from her father.

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.

Randy Reinholz remembers sitting with three young Native people on a reserve somewhere in southern Canada several years ago and bringing up the idea of going to college. After a few chuckles, the students tell him that attending a university is simply out of the question.

“I never could come up with a reason why they couldn’t go to college,” Reinholz said. “But they had that impression of themselves.”

Indian Country Diaries goes inside modern Native American communities to reveal a diverse people working to revitalize their culture while improving the social, physical, and spiritual health of their people.

In 1918, not yet citizens of the United States, Choctaw Tribal members of the American Expeditionary Forces were asked to use their Native language as a powerful tool against the German Forces in World War I setting a precedent for code talking as an effective military tool and establishing them as America’s original code talkers.

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