Olympian Waneek Horn-Miller meets the 6 participants who will be taking the challenge to lose weight and maintain a healthy diet.
Six urban Natives are taken from the city and deposited in the bush; the start of their week living as their ancestors did.
Talon, T-Bear and Devon are bored and want to go to the beach along the river to swim, but Mushom becomes ill and cannot take them. Uncle Peter decides to help the boys, but they have to collect the fish from the nets first. Raven goes on a girls' summer camp and gets caught up in the gossip about her friend Amber. More and more chores and tasks arise before they can go swimming, which frustrates Talon, T-Bear and Devon. Raven begins to feel uncomfortable when Amber finds out. Things become worse and worse when they try to finally go swimming. Raven must decide who to believe in all the rumors and gossip. The ensuing adventure makes Talon, T-Bear and Devon realize that spending time with Uncle Peter was more enjoyable than if they had just gone swimming.
The Sharing Circle dives into the Annual Traditional Youth Gathering, spearheaded by Crissy Courchene in Grand Rapids, Manitoba. The Youth G athering is host to one hundred youth fully immersed in the traditional values and practices of their ancestors. Elders from the five major tribal groups of Manitoba, along with youth leaders, impart their wisdom and teachings on everything from traditiona l hunting techniques, picking medicines, building a sweatlodge, firearms safety, treaty rights and even the art of making bannock on a stick. Most importantly, the youth learn these lessons as our ancestors did it by roughing it in the bush without the con veniences of modern life.
As the investigation into what happened to Matthew begins, Cheyenne is once again in the thick of things. Liz comes close to losing everything, while Justin mans up and rises to the occasion.
We open our series at Oskayak High School in Saskatoon. We meet the grade 12 students as they attend classes and work on their video production. A teacher explains how to work the camera and sound recording equipment. We will concentrate on the grade 12's who are attending the audio visual class and are part of the group that will be travelling to Australia in the spring. We will interview some of the students and learn more about their personal story, their home life and their hopes and dreams. The teachers will meet with the students and explain the trip and what must be done for fund raising, travel documents etc. In this manner we will be providing the viewer with a glimpse of the challenges to come.
In "A Seat at the Drum", journalist Mark Anthony Rolo (Bad River Ojibwe) seeks to learn how Native Americans in Los Angeles preserve a tribal identity, survive economically and cope with the pressures of assimilation in a challenging metropolis. His personal quest to come to terms with these issues leads him to meet Native community leaders, Indians relocated from reservations, boarding school students, Native business leaders and single parent families whose stories typify the experiences of urban Indians. As these characters tell how Indians in Los Angeles create community and retain a connection to their tribes; choose whether their language and traditions are relevant in the modern world; cope with mounting social problems and declining social services; and develop business empires fueled by gaming profits, Rolo is propelled toward a reckoning with his own identity. Rolo finds that though relocated Indians seem to lose their tribal identity, indigenous California tribes such as the Gabrieleno/Tongva and the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians strive to strengthen theirs. Original inhabitants of the LA Basin, the Gabrieleno/Tongva tribe grasp threads of their original birdsongs, traditional ways and history in an idealistic attempt to gain Federal recognition, and with that, the golden road that the Pechanga have achieved. The Pechanga, a dwindling band before the National Indian Gaming Act was passed, are now so prosperous that Governor Schwarzenegger looks to them and other gaming tribes to help bail out California debt. But what makes them Indian? Is a Federal I.D. number enough? Do the wealthy Indians bear responsibility for philanthropy toward the poor?
"Spiral of Fire" takes author LeAnne Howe (Choctaw) to the North Carolina homeland of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to discover how their fusion of tourism, community, and cultural preservation is the key to the tribe's health in the 21st century. Along the way Howe seeks to reconcile her own identity as the daughter of a Cherokee father she never knew. Howe's journey of discovery leads her to one of the most beautiful places in America where Cherokees manage their own schools, hospitals, cable company, tourist attractions and multi-million dollar casino. Yet, despite these successes, diabetes is rampant, racism erodes self-confidence, and greed threatens to divide the community. "Spiral of Fire" reveals the forces at work to restore health to the tribe. Forces such as that of Joyce Dugan, former school superintendent and principal chief, who has been instrumental in cultural preservation efforts by leading the tribe to purchase Kituwah, the original "mother" town of the Cherokee. And Corey Blankenship,a student who led a campaign to convince legislators to pass a bill to allow a land exchange with the National Park Service that will provide a site for badly needed new schools. As well as James "Bo" Taylor, a young father who leads the movement to revitalize the Cherokee language, and traditional songs, dances and spirituality. Howe learns that a strong sense of community binds the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Their strong sense of identity comes from knowing their history, strengths and weaknesses, and coming to terms with them. This realization encourages Howe's desire to accept her Cherokee identity and to forgive an absent father.
Language nests, an immersive program for babies and young children started in the 1980s have renewed the Maori people's pride in their history, language, and culture. Key to the program's success is the involvement of the family and most importantly the grandparents.
Theresa buys walking shoes and we check in to see how she is doing. She says she is too stressed to take care of herself. Our fitness professional Russ Thorne talks about starting a fitness program and type 2 diabetes.
Come sing and dance with Bizou as she takes you on a picturesque journey into the wonderful world of weasels, the world's sneaky little critter.
Start the music! Kai and Kayla learn the words for music, and Ostwelve drops by to create a hip tune and jam with all the kids at home. Kai, Kayla and Auntie Josephine visit a music store and get to try out some musical instruments. Musical guest, Renae Morriseau returns for another sing-along, and Amy Wutunee joins in to sing the Cree alphabets.
Bronson and Kimmy create styrofoam prints and add wallpaper to their playhouse using recycled materials. Guest Mary shares with Bronson her beads that she makes for family and friends on this episode of Art Zone.
We're thrilled to see the progress of our Northern Garden in Waboden and to learn new tips on garden maintenance and natural pest control. (Don't be alarmed by our dramatic recreation of a common enemy of the gardener - the slug!) Coleen goes to University of Manitoba to learn all about the different kinds of soil you could encounter with professor Gary Martens. Metis gardener Caroline Chartrand shows us how to compost and make our own nutrient-rich soil.
This episode of Cooking With The Wolfman features Guest Delores Wolfman - Lillooet First Nation, Guest Eden Robinson, author Monkey Beach - Bella Bella First Nations Featuring - Olliacan feast.
This episode of Creative Native features two white men and women competing against each other in the battle of the sexes. Both teams are introduced to Cree culture and have to complete a muliple of tasks in order to win the competition.
Talking Stick discuss if older woman should date younger men. Evelyn Joesph shares on dating within your culture or out of your culture. Ronald Lee gives tips to young girls on finding someone special.
BRULE, LIVE AT MT. RUSHMORE: A CONCERT FOR RECONCILIATION OF THE CULTURES features footage from one of the most profound Native American concerts to ever take place. The concert was filmed in front an audience of 11,000 people at Mt. Rushmore National Memorial in July of 2007 and was produced by one of the top-selling Native American recording artists worldwide, Brule. This concert combines beautiful music with breathtaking Native American rhythms and dance, while delivering the unmistakable message of peace, hope, and reconciliation.
This is the story of the legendary Mohawk ironworkers, and of new approaches to language instruction for both adults and children within the contemporary community of Kahnawake.
It's spring time and raining on Vitality Gardening and we are holding a traditional Ground Blessing Ceremony for my backyard garden. We have fresh spring pickerel being prepped. Guest Tom Pit joins us and shares his ice sculptures. Tom competes in ice sculpture competitions around the world.
Isabel Rorick is a spruce root weaver from Massett who weaves some of the most intricate and beautiful hats and baskets in the world. She gathers her materials in the playground of her youth, North Beach on Haida Gwaii. This portrait in the first person brings us to Hornby Island, where we visit Isabel in her studio. She comes from a long line of artists including Florence Edenshaw Davidson and Selina Peratrovich and legendary weaver Isabella Edenshaw. Learning to weave at a young age, she has improved her weaving through practice and studying pieces in museums and has developed her signature pattern of three concentric circles, for her three sons.
Duane Goodstriker - Activist: Duane, from the Blackfoot Nation, was responsible for putting up the crosses to mark the cemetery near the Rossdale Power plant in Edmonton and for forcing City Hall to recognize that human remains were being treated as if they were in the way. Germaine Arnaktauyok - Printmaker: Born in Igloolik, now known as Nunavut, Germaine is renowned for her talents as an illustrator and master printmaker. Her ideas come from traditional Inuit legends and from living and witnessing the unique lifestyle of her people. Everett Soop - Tribute: Louis Soop talks about his late brother, Everett Soop, who was an irreverent and hilariously funny writer/cartoonist. Rose Auger - Elder: Respected Woodland Cree Elder and mother of artist, Dale Auger. Rose talks about the young, the need for love and support from the family. She stresses the importance of growing and learning from one another.
On this episode of Creative Native, journey to Ecudaor to meet the Quechua people as they speak of unification for Indigenous people of both North and South America.
On this episode of Cooking With the Wolfman Guest Carla Robinson, anchor, CBC Newsworld - Bella Bella First Nation Featuring - Northern De-Lites.
On this episode of Indian Pride we feature Studio Guests: Dr. Charles Grim, Director, Indian Health Service; Cherokee Nation, OK Our Storytellers for the show: Paul 'Cowbone' Buster, Seminole Tribe of Florida This is why Turtles Should Not Dance Out of the Water' Performances by: Turtle Mountain Metis Fiddlers: Ryan Keplin, Gabriel Brien, John Keplin (Guitar); Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, ND; Contemporary Old Fashioned Metis Fiddle Music
Tribal members recount the days of their parents and grandparents. Theirs was not just a struggle for personal survival but one for sovereignty, preserving the right to self government and a unique way of life. Jerry Paresa narrates.
From the Heart focuses on the various bands and tribes of the southwest that 'Sing Bird'. (Bird songs are the traditional social songs that speak of the origins of the People and their mythic or actual travels during ancient times). Through filming Bird Song groups, visiting their reservations, and interviewing elders and younger singers the story weaves a tapestry of the many varieties of singers and their songs in California and Arizona.
T-Bear, Talon and Devon are bored. Jacob overhears this, and he decides to take them on a tour of the exciting, bustling community of Wapos Bay. When the tour does not quite go as planned, T-Bear must chose to give up on his dad's tour or go with Talon and Devon. Jacob's plan to instill pride in the community is misinterpreted and evident in the Wapos Bay Parade.
The Sharing Circle explores the results of the social programs implemented by the National Aboriginal Healing Foundation. This national organization devotes funds across the Canada in support of Aboriginal community programs. The Foundation promotes the healing of Aboriginal people who were subjected to the reside ntial school system. The benefits of the foundation past, present and future will be examined.
Josie discovers she is pregnant and Hank freaks out because he had a vasectomy years ago. Hank accuses Josie of cheating and visits his family doctor to get to the bottom of it. They reconcile and the family gathers for the birth of the new "U-cree-nian" baby.
Smoke Traders tells the story of the contraband tobacco trade and the effect on individual lives and communities from a Native perspective. The multimillion dollar cigarette industry that Mohawks have built has pulled their communities out of third world poverty, but the Canadian government is determined to shut the trade down. Are these traders criminals who must be stopped? Or are they a new breed of Native entrepreneur who deserve our support?
Vanishing Link is told through my first person narrative (D.M. Rowell ) weaved together with riveting stories from Elders brought to life through stirring traditional Kiowa art, dances, songs, and crafts. Vanishing Link explores Kiowa spirituality through the oral traditions of Tribal Elders while following my spiritual quest.