Trail of Tears: A Native American Documentary Collection [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Native American Healing in the 21st Century
For centuries the Native American Indians have practiced ancient healing arts and medicines. This video examines how those old ways are impacting today's modern alternative medicine practices and an ever growing health conscious society. This forty-minute video also compares the medical practices of doctors and health practitioners in China and India. The program also features the contribution the Native American Indian medical practices has contributed during to the European settlement of North America and how effective these thousand-year-old practices of maintaining a healthy lifestyle are. These practices and ideas are nearly as old as Man. ~ Forrest Spencer, Rovi

Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy
Voted the Best Documentary of 2006 by the American Indian Film Institute, Chip Richie's detailed account of the events that unfolded following the implementation of Jackson's Indian Removal Act provides an unflinching look at one of the darkest chapters in American history. The year was 1938, and the Cherokee Nation was being forced to relocate to Indian Territory. During the course of that long walk, nearly a quarter of the Nation perished, including elders and young children. It was a time of unparalleled suffering, and today the Trail of Tears stands as a grim reminder of the tragedy that can unfold when greed takes precedence over humanity, and ignorance wins out over compassion. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Our Spirits Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School
Black Indians: An American Story
"To build the future, you must know the past. But what if that past has been hidden, lost, or denied?" That question is posed by this program (part of the Circle of Life documentary series) and its answer is explored through interviews with people with mixed African and Native American heritage. Black Indians from many walks of life (including workers, scholars, and artists) discuss the search for, and expression of, their unique identity -- and the racial tensions and stereotyping they have encountered in their lives. The film also examines the history of this group of people, bringing out important aspects of its cultural and artistic heritage and considering them within a modern context. This episode is accompanied by music from Indian and black American artists and is narrated by James Earl Jones. ~ Alice Duncan, Rovi

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