Enjoy these award-winning films online in the comfort of your home during the month of November. If you don’t have PBS Passport, but would like to view one or more of these films, please contact me at [email protected] to make arrangements.
Films available through PBS Passport:
Conscience Point: Beneath the mystique of The Hamptons, among one of the wealthiest zip codes in the U.S., lies the history of the area’s original inhabitants. The Shinnecock Indian Nation were edged off their land over the course of hundreds of years, squeezed onto an impoverished reservation, and condemned to watch their sacred burial grounds plowed to make way for mega-mansions and marquee attractions like the exclusive Shinnecock Hills Golf Club – five-time host of the U.S. Open.
Home from School: The Children of Carlisle: In 2017, a delegation of Northern Arapaho tribal members traveled from Wyoming to Pennsylvania to retrieve remains of three children who died at Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the 1800s. It’s a journey into the troubled history of Indian boarding schools and a quest to heal generational woulds.
Daughter of a Lost Bird: “Lost birds” is a term for Native children adopted out of their tribal communities. Right after the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 became the law of the land, Kendra Mylnechuk Potter was adopted into a white family and raised with no knowledge of her Native parentage. This film follows Kendra on her journey to find her birth mother, April, also a Native adoptee, and return to her Lummi homelands in Washington State. By sharing a deeply personal experience of inherited cultural trauma, the film opens the door to broader and more complicated conversations about the erasure of Native culture and questions of identity surrounding adoption.
This is a timely film, as the United States Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments challenging the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in November.
Blood Memory: A Story of Removal and Return: Battles over blood quantum and “best interests” resurface the untold history of America’s Indian Adoption Era – a time when nearly one-third of children were removed from tribal communities nationwide. As political scrutiny over Indian child welfare intensifies, an adoption survivor helps others find their way home through song and ceremony.
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