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The Great American Foot Race

by Dan Bigbee and Lily Shangreaux

The story of Andy Payne, a Cherokee who won the Great American Foot Race in 1928, reveals an ordinary young man who triumphed not because of mystical power, but because he believed in himself.

Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka'ehukai

by Charlotte Lagarde and Lisa Denker

A portrait of Hawaiian surf legend and community activist Rell Kapolioka'ehukai Sunn, who died of breast cancer at age 47.

Independent Lens, True Stories

Homeland

by Jilann Spitzmiller and Hank Rogerson

Four Lakota Indian families face the persistent challenges of contemporary reservation life.

True Stories

Hopi Quilts

by Pam Stevenson

Visit Hopi quilters on remote Arizona mesas to see how they have made American quilting traditions their own.

Impossible Journeys

by John Murray

A two-part series that follows the greatest traditional journeys from around the world as seen through the eyes of people who still travel them.

Global Perspectives Collection

In the Light of Reverence

by Christopher McLeod and Malinda Maynor (Lumbee)

Land-use battles in three sacred places pull Native Americans into conflicts with mining companies, New Age practitioners, tourists, and rock climbers.

POV, True Stories

Indigenous Always

by Dan Banda

A layered exploration of the myth of “La Malinche,” a 16th century Aztec woman who — forced to be both consort and translator to the Spanish conquerers — came to symbolize both indigenous dignity and cultural destruction.

The Island President

by Jon Shenk, Bonni Cohen, and Richard Berge

The impassioned president of the Maldives struggles to save his vulnerable island nation from the tragic effects of the looming climate apocalypse.

Independent Lens, Diverse Muslim Voices

King Kamehameha: A Legacy Renewed

by Mary Baker

King Kamehameha: A Legacy Renewed documents how the town of Kohala, Hawaii is transformed when an art conservator arrives to restore the community's cherished bronze sculpture.

The Land is Ours

by Laurence A. Goldin

The Tlingit and Haida people of Alaska were confused by the idea of America “buying” the land they lived on from the Russians. They would be among the first native people to make a successful claim on their homeland and rights.

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