Anthropology Videos

Abnaki: The Native People of Maine

30 min.; 7-12; Anthropology, Maine Studies, Native Americans; Produced by: Maine Humanities Council, Portland , ME (1986)

A portrait of the four Indian tribes of Maine , Abnaki: The Native People Of Maine describes their persistence within the dominant American society. Through personal reminiscences and narration, the program explores the historical, economic, cultural and spiritual factors that have aided in their survival.

Four Perspectives: Maine Indian Land Claims Case

60 min.; 9-12; Anthropology, Maine Studies, Native Americans; Produced by: Maine Public Broadcasting (1977)

Four humanists discuss the sociological, legal, philosophical, and cultural background of the land claims case.

In & Out of Maine

7 programs - 30 min. each; 7-12; Anthropology, Maine Studies; Produced by: Maine Public Broadcasting (1976)

In & Out Of Maine allows natives and newcomers to examine their communities in a quiet, understated manner. Through their comments, issues are: community changes as a result of population migration, and strongly held values versus progress.

  1. The First Mainers
  2. The Island People
  3. The Out-Of-Staters
  4. The Melting Pot
  5. The Retirees
  6. The Young
  7. The New People

Mi'Kmaq (English)

5 programs - 120 min. total; 6-12; Anthropology, Foreign Countries, Maine Studies, Native Americans; Produced by: CBC Halifax & the Nova Scotial Dept. of Education (1986)

Depicts the material culture of Micmac Indians before the arrival of Europeans in Nova Scotia by dramatizing the seasonal round of an ancient Micmac family.

PLEASE NOTE: There are 2 versions of each Mi'Kmaq program. When ordering videotapes, please specify which version you want: English version or Micmac version.

  1. Arrival
  2. Summer Encampment
  3. The Wedding
  4. The Eel Weir
  5. Winter Encampment

Native Americans

3 programs - 20 min. each; 4-8; Anthropology, Archaeology, Native Americans; Distributed by: Journal Films (1983)

This series helps students understand the origin of American Indians, their diversity, and the effect on the Indians of the coming of the Europeans. The programs are based on geological, archaeological, and historic evidence, and give students an understanding of how these skills are combined to recreate the past.

  1. Indian Origins: The First 50,000 Years
  2. Indian Cultures: From 2000 B.C. To 1500 A.D.
  3. The Indian Experience: After 1500 A.D.

Quittons Pour Mieux Vivre

30 min.; K-12; Anthropology, Fine Arts, Franco-Americans, History, Maine Studies; Produced by: Hyde School , Bath , ME (1981)

Quittons Pour Mieux Vivre depicts the reasons for the French-Canadian immigration to Maine , the contributions of the Franco-Americans, and the ethnic traditions of Franco-American families. Presented in dramatic musical form, each scene contains traditional, contemporary, and original songs and dances performed in both French and English.

Spirit of the Land

2 programs - 30 min. each; 7-12; Anthropology, Native Americans; Produced by: Chevron USA, Inc. (1986)

A series designed to illustrate the rich heritage of native American cultures.

  1. Alaska : The Yup'ik Eskimos
  2. Hawaii : Continuing Traditions

Story of the Acadians

2 programs - 30 min. each; 9-12; Anthropology, Foreign Countries, Maine Studies; Produced by: Maine Public Broadcasting (1980)

  1. The Story Of The Acadians - The program centers on the enforced deportation of the French from British Canada in 1755, and traces the historic reasons for the deportation and includes interviews with contemporary historians and native Acadians. It also examines the current life styles of the present day Acadians with glimpses of traditional cooking, dancing, and music.
  2. The Madawaska People - The Madawaska People captures in vivid form the town's annual Acadian Festival, a celebration of their Franco-American heritage. The program also visits Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives John Martin, himself a Franco-American from Eagle Lake , to talk about the economy of the St. John Valley . (1985)

Vanished Vikings

2 programs - 15 min. each; 7-12; Anthropology, Archaeology, Foreign Countries; Distributed by: Journal Films (1982)

In 986 A.D. Erik the Red and his Viking followers left Iceland and established settlements on Greenland . The settlements were continuously occupied for 500 years, then suddenly they ceased to exist. What happened?

  1. Erik the Red
  2. Where Did They Go?

Wabanaki: A New Dawn

30 min.; 4-12; Anthropology, Maine Studies, Native Americans; Distributed by: Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission (1996)

The Wabanaki, the People of the Dawn Land, have lived in what is now Maine and Maritime Canada for more than 11,000 years. It was not until the early 1600s that Europeans came to live in the territory inhabited by an estimated 32,000 Wabanaki. This contact was disastrous. From 1616 to 1619, ninety percent of the Wabanaki died. Wabanaki: A New Dawn shows the quest for cultural survival by today's Wabanaki--the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot People. The voices in the video offer hope that the Wabanaki will use their cultural and spiritual inheritance to survive and thrive in the third millennium.