Stories about the people, history and culture of the Cherokee Nation. Hosted by Jennifer Loren.
A feast may never be if it were not for the feast master someone like Matthew Mukash. From the shores of the Hudson Bay Mathew Mukash leads us through a feast he is hosting. Many people pull together and somehow there is always food to be had. Someone has made the bannock, cooked the rabbit stew or brought the caribou. There is a key role to the success of such a gathering, it is the feast master that must orchestrate the entire event. Their job has a protocol and a purpose. Matthew Mukash explains the job as we follow him through his community's annual gathering at the old post. What food goes to who and the importance of getting it right. This is truly a spiritual calling that demands respect and knowledge of the old ways.
Aboriginal Day festivities are getting underway, but there's even more cause for excitement in Wapos Bay... T-Bear unexpectedly spends the night in the fire tower after he climbs up and is too afraid to come down. Jacob goes up to get his son and realizes he's scared too. In an amusing twist, the story is reported as a political protest on TV. After much soul searching, father and son make it back to solid ground. Meanwhile, Raven doesn't want to go fishing with her mother, Sarah, because she's frightened of the river. Sarah helps her daughter feel at ease in open water, one step at a time. Raven and T-Bear discover how important honesty, patience and courage are, especially when you're scared.
As the world teeters on the brink of environmental collapse, this story examines people who respect the indigenous worldview that the Earth is our mother, the rivers lifeblood flowing in her veins, and the plants and animals our brothers and sisters. By looking at the world this way, these people help preserve the environment around them and across the planet, and therefore hold the key to humanity's survival.
The Kowalchuks meet their new German neighbour, Wolfgang, and Josie feels threatened by his vast knowledge of Aboriginal culture. Kate asks 'Wolfy' to help prepare for her canoe journey.
George returns to Moose and starts a community TV station with his best friend Clifford and the beautiful Robin, despite resistance from his father, Moose's corrupt mayor. Joan launches a kids' show featuring a militant activist sock puppet called "Me and My Beaver".
Cory Mann is a quirky Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau, Alaska. He gets hungry for smoked salmon, nostalgic for his childhood, and decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family's traditional fish camp. The unusual story of his life and the untold history of his people interweave with the process of preparing the food as he struggles to pay his bills, keep the IRS off his back, and keep his business afloat. By turns tragic, bizarre, or just plain ridiculous, SMOKIN' FISH tells the story of one man's attempts to navigate the messy collision between the modern world and an ancient culture.
In 1928, Andy Payne, a 20-year-old Cherokee, won the Great American Footrace -- the longest footrace in history, stretching 3,422 miles along Route 66, from Los Angeles to New York. Andy's story is remarkable because it reveals an ordinary Native American who triumphed not because of mystical power, but because he believed in himself.
Honoring a Structural icon.
Don journeys to the home of the Haida Gwaii also known as the beautiful and mysterious Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia. At the Haida Heritage Center, Don is introduced to some of the skills that gave the Haida the reputation of being fierce warriors. Can Don get his inner ferocity going on so he can confront his competitors and avoid tossing himself into the frigid ocean waters?
Theresa Garson was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes 6 years ago...She will be undergoing a diabetes health makeover on Vitality this season. Last Season she got her blood sugar down from the 20's to 11. Watch her emotional journey as she does her best to get this stressful condition under control. More diabetes management tips and of course our regular exercise segment. We also have a great story about a special "diet plate" that controls food portions. It has been shown to reduce the need for medication in some people with type 2 diabetes. We travel to Calgary to talk to the researcher.
The Lakota Berenstain Bears Project is a joint venture of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Lakota Language Consortium, with the goal of bringing the Lakota language to family television sets across all Lakota-speaking communities in North and South Dakota, and well beyond.
Yamba wants to be a driver like Jacinta but soon realises that being a driver is a giANT responsibility and is not in a hurry to grow up.
There's a strange odor in town, the sled dogs are howling, and the northern lights have disappeared. What's going on in Wapos Bay? Talon, Raven and T-Bear learn what can happen when they forget to respect tradition. Raven can't resist whistling at the glimmering northern lights, even though she's been warned not to. And T-Bear breaks with an age-old ritual by neglecting to offer tobacco ties before picking sweet grass for the elders. All three children discover that their careless behavior may be the source of the community's recent small misfortunes. With help from Mushom and a wise elder, they take part in a traditional ceremony that puts things right.
Bronson and Kimmy create a special book using cardboard and add flooring to their playhouse by using recycled materials. Guest Grandma B shares with Bronson a Lakota book she created with many stories of women and men.
It's harvest time and host Coleen Rajotte talks about some the problems she has had with her garden this year and provides an update up on the Peters garden. Chef Pasquale shows Coleen how to make Eggplant Parmesan. In northern Manitoba, the root of a lake plant that has many medicinal values is harvested.
No Room to Grow puts a face on those struggling to find and keep shelter in Vancouver and Winnipeg, two cities whose residents face specific obstacles. In Vancouver, the crisis is building as the city prepares to host the Olympics; the cost of home is skyrocketing amid land speculation, and more people are on the streets. Tension is rising as the Games draw near. In Winnipeg, hidden homelessness is rampant, and it's having increasing effects on families. Both cities have long waiting lists for social housing, and it will take decades to meet the need at the current pace of new building.
Aboriginal Russian Fusion - Borscht, Pojarski, Russian Fried Cheese Cakes
The survivors takes us to a controversial exhibition that gained national attention with Marianne Corless' interpretation of contact upon the indigenous population. This exhibition explores the impact of smallpox, the intentional use of infected blankets by the Americans, and the consequences upon most native tribes. This episode is dedicated to the estimated 100 million people who have died from smallpox since contact.
The topic for the day is Powerful Women in aboriginal communities. Coah Lisa Argue shares tips on what makes a sucessful woman. Crystal William plays a key role in a landmark agreement allowing First Nations to make decisions over their educational systems. Ethel Blondin is the first aboriginal woman to be elected in the House of Commons.
The Modoc War of 1872 was one of the costliest American Indian wars in U.S. history. For seven months, a handful of Modoc Indian warriors and their families held off hundreds of U.S. Army soldiers. The international press took notice and people were enthralled as one of the last real-life Wild West battles unfolded on the American frontier. Again and again, the small band of Indians overcame incredible odds to protect their way of life. "The Modoc War" revisits the battle scenes, and uses rare historical images and original wood cut drawings from the period. Additionally, interviews with Modoc descendants and written first-hand accounts bring the Modoc War to life.
Storytelling has many faces in our cultures, and in the life of Doug Cuthand we see diversity through his particular style of telling stories. That is why Cree Elders call him Mr. Tapwe. Doug Cuthand is dedicated to telling the truth regarding Aboriginal issues in Canada. He is a producer, writer, director and journalist with over 20 years of experience. Cuthand has had great success in documentaries and drama within the industry, earning awards and accolades while garnering respect from his peers. He also published a book compiling over 600 columns tackling some very tough issues while remaining true to the idiom of his moniker, Mr. Tapwe.
After a busy summer, Coleen puts her garden to bed with the help of traditional gardening expert Audrey Logan. What do you do with all those dead plants? Coleen reflects on lessons learned on what has been a fascinating journey of discovery.
There is a movement among native tribes to bring the buffalo back to the Great Plains to "promote cultural enhancement, spiritual revitalization, ecological restoration and economic development." Loretta travels to the buffalo range of Fred Dubray on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota to learn more. Wasna (sun-dried bison with chokecherries), wojape (chokecherry soup) and grilled bison tenderloin with a sage-chokecherry jus are on the menu.
On Native Ground Youth Reports' Field Reporters will cover news, entertainment, film festivals, sports, the rodeo, and the powwow trail, as well as Native celebrities and role models for today's youth. Special interest stories concentrate on cultural, political, and educational events. On Native Ground will cover news and entertainment throughout Indian Country.
Goldcorp Inc arrives in a remote village in Guatemala. Soon follows blown up mountains, despoiled water supplies and broken promises over jobs. As the gold frenzy brings in a profits bonanza for the company, the community launches a powerful resistance struggle. Dynamic and beautiful quality, this film provides a powerful look at the reality of what it means when gold miners dig into the 3rd world.
When I Hear Thunder finds the tradition of boxing intact on reservations across Arizona, where young men train in gyms often run by their fathers, who hung up their gloves after competing in boxing tournaments as youths. Some of the training facilities are rudimentary at best, but hours spent running in the gorgeous red rock canyons of the reservation help carve several of the young men into boxers who can compete-and occasionally triumph-at the national level.
Native Voice TV seeks to provide a voice for "Indigenous" people to tell of their struggles and injustices, bring joy and laughter that are often ignored by the mainstream media.
Don heads out east to live the life of a traditional Mi?kmaq of the Bear River First Nation near Digby, Nova Scotia. Near the beautiful Bay of Fundy, Don goes fishing for lobsters and smashes together a meal of acorns and moose leg bone. But it is the more delicate work of making wood flowers and digging for clams that has Don struggling during this final challenge.
A rotating compilation of music videos featuring diverse talents of Native American & World Indigenous cultures. Different genres such as hip hop, rap, dance, rock, and many more are feautured on the AUX.
On the one year anniversary of her brother's death, a young Native American girl receives an unexpected visit form an oblivious and troubled elder. Bird Running water and Ariel Tweto offer insight and a discussion.
Suspicious circumstances surround the arrest and imprisonment of two American Indian activists. In jail, they must face two officers monitoring their every move and join forces with a young lawyer assigned to their case.
Host Darren Brown introduces Native Oklahoma, a unique project provided by 6 tribes in the state of Oklahoma. In this show 6 tribes are representing each own contributing its own story.
An official selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, GRAB is an intimate portrait of the little-documented Grab Day in the villages of New Mexico's Laguna Pueblo tribe. This community-wide prayer of abundance, thanks and renewal exists at the intersection of traditional native and contemporary Western cultures. Each year, Laguna Pueblo villagers honor Catholic saints and family members by showering food and gifts from the rooftops of their homes upon the community gathered below. GRAB explores the origins and evolution of this 300-year-old custom, from its introduction by Spanish settlers to its modern-day twists. The film, narrated by actress Parker Posey, follows three families as they prepare for the annual event, chronicling their lives for the year leading up to Grab Day.