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2018 Native American Heritage Month Specials on WNMU-TV 13.1

Special Native American Programming in November 2018 is made possible by viewers like you.

Independent Lens

Follow the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission in the U.S., which investigates the devastating impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on Native American communities. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.
Monday, November 5 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 11/6 at 1 pm ET

Native Art Now!
Examines the evolution of Native contemporary art over the last 25 years, presenting personal perspectives from internationally acclaimed Native modern artists. Installations, paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, glass and fabric art by indigenous artists Rick Bartow, Meryl McMaster, Jim Denomie, Holly Wilson and numerous others from the United States and Canada are featured.
Tuesday, November 6 at 2 pm ET

Native Report

This entertaining, informative magazine style series celebrates Native American culture and heritage, listens to tribal elders, and talks to some of the most powerful and influential leaders of Indian Country today. Promoting understanding between cultures, tribes and reservations, Native Report offers a venue for the stories of challenge and success coming from the Midwest's tribal communities.
Saturdays at 5 pm ET (airs all year)


Learn about the legacy of Wilma Mankiller, who overcame sexism to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief. Through archival footage and interviews, MANKILLER examines the life of one of the country’s most important woman leaders.
Wednesday, November 7 at 1 pm ET

Keep Talking

Follow four Alaska Native women fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, an endangered language spoken by fewer than 40 remaining fluent Native elders. On remote Afognak Island, they inspire young people to learn the language and dances of their ancestors.
Wednesday, November 7 at 2 pm ET

Koo-Hoot Kiwat: The Caddo Grass House

A Caddo tribal elder and his apprentice return to their ancestral homeland in East Texas to direct the construction of a traditional grass house on the grounds of Caddo Mounds State Historic Site. Phil Cross, the Caddo elder and project architect, is perhaps the last of his tribe with the knowledge of this nearly-forgotten practice. By building the house on the land of his ancestors he is passing his knowledge on for the next generations and beyond.
Thursday, November 8 at 2:30 pm ET

Native America
“Cities of the Sky” and “New World Rising”

Final two episodes air in one evening. In part 3: Discover the cosmological secrets behind America’s ancient cities. Scientists explore some of the world’s largest pyramids and 3D-scan a lost city of monumental mounds on the Mississippi River; native elders reveal ancient powers of the sky. In part 4: Discover how resistance, survival and revival are revealed through an empire of horse-mounted Comanche warriors, secret messages encoded in Aztec manuscript and a grass bridge in the Andes that spans mountains and centuries of time.
Tuesday, November 13 at 9 and 10 pm ET
Repeats 11/15 at 1 and 2 pm ET

Tending Nature

4-part series shines a light on the environmental knowledge of indigenous peoples across California by exploring how the state's Native peoples have actively shaped and tended the land for millennia, in the process developing a deep understanding of plant and animal life. The series examines how humans are necessary to live in balance with nature and how traditional practices can inspire a new generation.
4-part series: Sun. 11/25 at 11:30 pm, Mon. 11/26 at 11 pm, Wed. 11/28 at 11 pm & Thur. 11/29 at 12:30 am
Part 1 repeats 11/26 at 1:30 pm ET