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Vision Maker Media & American Archive of Public Broadcasting Offer FREE Streaming of 40 Native Films Featured on PBS


(Lincoln, Nebraska): The same year our nation celebrated its bicentennial and President Ford proclaimed a week in October as "Native American Awareness Week," six Native producers in public television met to charter the Native American Public Broadcasting Consortium (NAPBC), later known as Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT) and now Vision Maker Media.

It was 1976 when these Native producers began to cultivate interest among Native American tribes to participate in developing their own media, which led to the initiation of several tribal media projects. One such project, American Indian Artists produced in 1986, was a three-part series featuring the art and lives of Dan Namingha (Hopi/Tewa), Jaune Quick-To-See Smith (Shoshone/French/Cree), and Larry Golsh (Pala Mission Indian).

In those 40 years, our organization has created more than 500 films, awarded $11 million to independent producers and held hundreds of film-screening events across the nation. Our films inspire people to look at the world through Indigenous eyes and encourage young warriors to embrace their rich culture as part of their identity.

In celebration of Vision Maker Media's 40th anniversary, a collection of 40 films will be available for free streaming beginning Nov. 1 and ending Aug. 7, 2017. Each week a different film will be available on and

Titles for November:

Nov. 1 .................... American Indian Artists: Jaune Quick-To-See Smith

Nov. 8 .................... Way of the Warrior

Nov. 15 .................. Surviving Columbus

Nov. 22 .................. Robert Mirabal: Music from a Painted Cave

Nov. 29 .................. Vis a Vis: Native Tongues

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is celebrating 40 years as your premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media--to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media's Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information,

About The American Archive of Public Broadcasting

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting seeks to preserve and make accessible significant historical content created by public media, and to coordinate a national effort to save at-risk public media before its content is lost to posterity.


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