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Leaf Home arrow Heritage arrow Heritage2 arrow VPT CELEBRATES NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
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Thursday, 03 November 2011
Posted 11.3.2011

Vermont Public Television is celebrating this month with documentaries on its main channel and on its VPT World channel.

On Saturday, Nov. 13, at 11 p.m., "Smokin' Fish" follows a quirky Tlingit businessman who decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family's camp in Alaska.  On Saturday, Nov. 19, at 11 p.m. on the main VPT channel, "Independent Lens" presents "We Still Live Here," the story of the revival of the language of the Wampanoag nation of southeastern Massachusetts.

"We Still Live Here" will also be the subject of VPT Community Cinema screenings and discussions around the state.  Find an event near you at http://www.vpt.org/engage/community-cinema

ON THE VPT WORLD CHANNEL, which is the -4 channel for over-the-air viewers and on various cable positions including 321 on Comcast, the lineup is:

NEW FILMS: 11/23: 9:00am, 3:00pm, 8:00pm, 1:00am
Independent Lens:We Still Live Here - Âs Nutayuneân tells the remarkable story of the recent cultural and linguistic revival of the Wampanoag tribe. Their ancestors ensured the survival of the Pilgrims — and lived to regret it. Now they are bringing their language home again.

11/23: 8:00am, 2:00pm, 7:00pm, 12 midnight
Smokin' Fish.
Cory Mann is a quirky Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau, Alaska. He gets hungry for smoked salmon, nostalgic for his childhood and decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family's traditional fish camp.

11/30: 8:00 am, 2:00pm, 7:00 pm 12 midnight
Contrary Warrior: The Life and Times of Adam Fortunate Eagle - An intimate first-person account of the life and work of Red Lake Reservation Minnesota-born American Indian activist, artist, ceremonial leader, author – and enemy of the state – Adam Fortunate Eagle.


11/18: We Shall Remain: American Experience (Five episodes airing three consecutive Fridays beginning at 7:00 pm and 12 midnight 11/18, 11/25, 12/2.)
This groundbreaking mini-series establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. Five 90-minute documentaries spanning 300 years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native-American perspective. Narrated by Benjamin Bratt.

11/29:8:00am, 2:00pm, 7:00pm 12 midnight  – Long Walk: Tears of the Navajo. In 1864 eight thousand Navajo men, women and children were marched at gunpoint to a barren reservation along the Texas border. This forced relocation was aimed at crushing American Indian resistance in the Southwest. Hundreds of Navajo died during the march and the four years of forced isolation. The Navajo remember this tragedy as “The Long Walk."

11/29: 9:00am, 3:00pm, 8:00 pm, 1:00am –  Choctaw Code Talkers
In 1918, not yet citizens of the U.S., Choctaw members of the U.S. 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 weapon and establishing them as America's original Code Talkers.

11/30: 9:00am, 3:00pm, 8:00pm, 1:00am  – Independent Lens. Reel Injun: On the trail of the Hollywood Indian
Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining, insightful, and often humorous look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema and examining the ways that the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding — and misunderstanding — of Natives.

For more information about VPT: www.vpt.org
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