November is Native American Heritage Month – a time to celebrate and honor the history, culture, traditions, accomplishments, and contributions of Native Americans. We’ve gathered a list of programs airing on PBS KVIE and streaming on the PBS Video app that highlight the importance of celebrating Native American heritage all year round. Through dance, family traditions, music, interviews, and activism these stories show the diversity and long history of Indigenous people across North America.
Without a Whisper – Konnón:Kwe
Premieres November 5 at 10:30PM
Explore the untold story of how Indigenous women influenced the early suffragists in their fight for freedom and equality.
The Art of Home: A Wind River Story
Airing November 9 at 10PM
Meet two Indigenous artists creating new works reflecting on their tribal homelands, the Wind River Indian Reservation.
KVIE Art Showcase
Premieres November 24 at 7PM
Celebrate the art, history, and culture of Native American artists across the country.
ViewFinder: Saving the Sacred
Premieres November 25 at 7PM
Discover how the Koi and Habematolel Pomo are working to protect sacred sites within the Clear Lake basin by uniting with their local governments and communities to preserve their priceless culture and past.
Sound Field: What Does Electric Pow Wow Sound Like?
Discover the Canadian DJ collective A Tribe Called Red, combining Native American drum circle sounds with electronic music to create Electric Pow Wow.
The Warrior Tradition
Discover the astonishing, heartbreaking, inspiring, and largely-untold story of Native Americans who served in the United States military.
American Masters: N. Scott Momaday – Words From a Bear
Delve into the enigmatic life and mind of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet N. Scott Momaday, best known for House Made of Dawn and a formative voice of the Native American Renaissance in art and literature.
American Masters: Bunky Echo-Hawk – The Resistance
Explore how the reality and resistance of Native Americans inspire the work of Pawnee artist Bunky Echo-Hawk, igniting discussions about environmentalism, Native rights, and other current topics.
Studio Sacramento: Racism in Native American Names & Mascots
Host Scott Syphax sits down with Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Tribal Council Secretary James Kinter and filmmakers Kevin Blackistone and Ben West to discuss the recent name change of the NFL’s Washington D.C. football team, their new film, Imagining the Indian, and the importance of increasing awareness around this issue using Native American related names and mascots.
Independent Lens: Rumble – The Indians Who Rocked the World
Experience the electrifying story of how Native American influence shaped rock and roll – a missing chapter in music history.
Independent Lens: Dawnland
Discover the untold story of Indigenous child removal in the United States through the first government-endorsed truth and reconciliation commission in the nation, tasked with investigating the devastating impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on Native American communities.
Inside California Education: Saving the Yurok Language
Discover how Yurok tribal members help save their native language from extinction by teaching it to public school students near Humboldt County.
POV: Water Warriors
When an energy company begins searching for natural gas in New Brunswick, Canada, Indigenous and white families unite to drive out the company in a campaign to protect their water and way of life.