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...And Woman Wove It in a Basket
A film by Bushra Azzouz, Marlene Farnum, and Nettie Kuneki, 1989, 70 min., Color

For the Klickitat Indians in Oregon, basketweaving is a way of reclaiming native forms and heritage. This evocative portrayal of basketweaver Nettie ...

Apache 8
A film by Sande Zeig, 2011, 57 min., Color

For 30 years, the all-female Apache 8 unit has protected their reservation from fire and also responded to wildfires around the nation. This group of ...

The Desert Is No Lady
A film by Shelley Williams in collaboration with Susan Palmer, 1995, 45 min., Color

With provocative imagery and spirited juxtapositions, THE DESERT IS NO LADY looks at the Southwest through the eyes of its leading contemporary women ...

Finding Dawn
A film by Christine Welsh, 2006, 73 min., Color

FINDING DAWN puts a human face on a tragedy that has received precious little attention – and one which is surprisingly similar to the situation in Ci...

Her Giveaway
A film by Mona Smith, 1988, 21 min., Color

Carole Lafavor (Ojibwe), activist, mother and registered nurse, is a person with AIDS. In this candid and moving portrait, Lafavor relates how she has...

Honey Moccasin
A film by Shelley Niro, 1998, 47 min., Color

This all-Native production, by director Shelley Niro (Mohawk), is part of the Smoke Signals new wave of films that examine Native identity in the 1990...

Honored by the Moon
A film by Mona Smith, 1990, 15 min., Color

In this upbeat and empowering videotape, Native American lesbians and gay men speak of their unique historical and spiritual role. Within the Native A...

Honoring Our Voices
A film by Judi Jeffrey, 1992, 33 min., Color

Sharing their stories about recovery and healing, six Native women of different ages and backgrounds talk about the choices they have made to overcome...

Hózhó of Native Women
A film by Beverly R. Singer (Tewa Pueblo, Navajo), 1997, 29 min., Color

"Five Native American Women from diverse tribal backgrounds tell moving stories, from their lives and cultural memory that concern wellness — physical...

LaDonna Harris: Indian 101
A film by Julianna Brannum, 2013, 63 min., Color

LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101 from Comanche filmmaker Julianna Brannum, chronicles the life of Comanche activist and national civil rights leader LaDonna...

Mohawk Girls
A film by Tracey Deer, 2005, 53 min., Color

In MOHAWK GIRLS, filmmaker Tracey Deer intimately captures the lives of three exuberant and insightful Mohawk teenagers as they face their future. Lik...

Mother of Many Children
A film by Alanis Obomsawin, 1977, 58 min., Color

Composed of a series of vignettes featuring Native women from different first nations, this classic work by Alanis Obomsawin, an Abenaki, reflects a p...

Navajo Talking Picture
A film by Arlene Bowman, 1986, 40 min., Color

In NAVAJO TALKING PICTURE film student Arlene Bowman (Navajo) travels to the Reservation to document the traditional ways of her grandmother. The film...

Picking Tribes
A film by S. Pearl Sharp (formerly Saundra Sharp), 1988, 7 min., Color

“In a heartfelt, and often hilarious, attempt to be more than ‘ordinary,’ a girl growing up in the 1940s tries to choose between her African-American ...

Real Indian
A film by Malinda Maynor, 1996, 7.5 min., Color

REAL INDIAN is a lighthearted, very personal look at the meaning of cultural identity. As a Lumbee Indian, the filmmaker is constantly confronted wit...

Skydancer
A film by Katja Esson, 2011, 75 min., Color

Renowned for their balance and skill, six generations of Mohawk men have been leaving their families behind on the reservation to travel to New York C...

Song Journey
A film by Arlene Bowman and Jeanine Moret, 1994, 57 min., Color

SONG JOURNEY takes Arlene Bowman (Navajo) on the pow-wow circuit in the hope of reviving her connection to traditional Native culture. There she find...

Sweating Indian Style
A film by Susan Smith, 1994, 57 min., Color

The appropriation of Native American traditions by non-Natives comes under thoughtful scrutiny in this insightful documentary. As it follows the New A...

Toxic Trespass
A film by Barri Cohen, 2007, 53 min., Color

When Canadian filmmaker Barri Cohen discovers that her ten-year-old daughter’s blood carries carcinogens like benzene and the long-banned DDT, she tra...

Women Organize!
A film by Joan E. Biren, Union Institute Ctr. for Women & Women and Organizing Documentation Project, 2000, 32 min., Color

WOMEN ORGANIZE! is an inspirational, half hour video that portrays women organizers across the U.S. who are involved in the global struggles for racia...

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