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Celebrate the history, culture, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives in a special collection of films, short stories and resources from Public Television. 

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Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media shares Native stories with the world that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives in partnership with public television and public radio. Watch dozens of Native films online for free at visionmakermedia.org/watch.  And check your local listings for new programs airing this Fall. 
 
Below are several digital original features from Vision Maker Media - enjoy!
Rising Voices
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Rising Voices

Watch this moving portrait culture and efforts to save the Lakota language.

Sixty-Four Flood
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Sixty-Four Flood

This mobile documentary narrative tells the story of the worst natural disaster in Montana history: the 1964 flood on the Blackfeet Reservation.

Digital Project:  Injunuity
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Digital Project: Injunuity

Enjoy a collage of reflections - animation, music and real thoughts - on the Native American world.

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Resources

FNX
First Nations Experience

FNX

FNX is a TV network featuring Native American & Indigenous programming. Created by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians & KVCR.

World Channel
World Channel

World Channel

More than 35 films are coming to WORLD Channel through your local PBS Station this November. Take a look.

For Educators
PBS Learning Media

For Educators

Take a look at Native American art, history, and culture as told through the historians, artists, students, and scientists in this featured resource collection.

#NativeInspired Recipes from PBS Food

Blue Corn, Bear Root, and Resilience

Blue Corn, Bear Root, and Resilience

Experience Karlos Baca's family recipe that tells a tale of the foodscapes in his homeland

Tradition of Squash Pie

Tradition of Squash Pie

Using wild and locally sourced ingredients, Tashia recreates the balance of flavors

learn. dream. grow. with SDPB
SDPB Documentaries
Based on the acclaimed book by Renee Sansom Flood.
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The story of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota peoples, also known as the Sioux.

South Dakota Stories

See Bryan Akipa's Performance at the Lighting Ceremony for "Dignity of Earth and Sky"

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The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate-raised artist provided the perfect soundtrack for the lighting of the monument.

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In His Own Words: Dale Lamphere on "Dignity"

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South Dakota state artist laureate Dale Lamphere sat down with us a few months ago to talk about his work, including his new statue, Dignity.

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Northern Plains Indian Art Market Returns to Sioux Falls

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The 29th annual NPIAM brings world-class American Indian art to Sioux Falls Sept. 15-18.

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Rising Voices / Hótȟaŋiŋpi Premieres November 16 on SDPB TV

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The new documentary tells the story of a passionate, dedicated and diverse group of people, including members of the Lakota community and linguists from outside who are working together to save the language and restore it to its rightful place in Lakota — and American — culture.

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Interview: Frank Waln, Part II

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The second part of our interview with the Rosebud Reservation-raised rapper and star of MTV's Rebel Music: Native America.

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Interview: Frank Waln

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SDPB recently talked with the rapper from the Rosebud Reservation as he prepared to headline the Black Hills Unity Concert.

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Photo Album: The Crow Creek Dakota Nation Wacipi

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This weekend, people from the Dakotas and Great Plains to the West Coast and Canada have converged on Fort Thompson to celebrate the 153rd annual Crow Creek Dakota Nation Wacipi.

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Master Dakota Flute Maker Bryan Akipa Never Stops Exploring His Art Form

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Since a serendipitous moment spent with Oscar Howe, the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate artist has played a key role in the revival of Native flute making and music. 

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Star Quilting Came Naturally For These Sisters

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Through honoring a departed dad, these Agency Village sisters (and a cousin) found a calling.

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Keeping the Art of Porcupine Quill Bead Work Alive

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A Sisseton artist employs both ancient and modern methods to keep a traditional art form going strong. 

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