Native American Videos

Abnaki: The Native People of Maine

30 min.; 7-12; Anthropology, Maine Studies, Native Americans; Produced by: Maine H umanities 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.

Eagle Rising

25 min.; 4-12; Environment, Native Americans; Produced by Ursus Productions (1999)

An interesting look at the demand for bald and golden eagle feathers, parts and pieces for Native American culture and religion. H ow the US Fish and Wildlife Service regulates trade in eagle parts and tries to fulfill requests by Native Americans by maintaining a feather 'bank'. This bank, or repository, is where eagles that are found dead, eagle feathers and parts, and eagles that die in captivity are sent so their parts can be distributed to Native Americans. A good look at interactions between cultures and wildlife.

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 H alifax & 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.

Roanoke Voyages

90 min.; 6-12; H istory, Native Americans; Produced by: North Carolina Public Television & Lev Sherman (1988)

Dramatic recreation of the first English settlement in America; produced for the 400th anniversary of the Roanoke Voyages (1584-88); historical, cultural, social, and Native American studies.

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

State of the Tribes

60 min.; 9-12; Government, Maine Studies, Native Americans; Maine Public Television, Lewiston, ME (2002)

This special hour presents remarks from the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Tribal Governors to legislators in the Maine H ouse Chamber in Augusta on March 11, 2002. Don Carrigan hosts.

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.