Learn More about America’s Indigenous Peoples with These Videos

Learn More about America’s Indigenous Peoples with These Videos

An example Southwestern adobe architecture, one of many cultural contributions from Indigenous Americans

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we take the time to acknowledge the many achievements of Indigenous people, commemorating their histories and honoring their cultures. Infobase’s streaming video and media platforms—including Learn360 for K–12 schools and districts, Classroom Video On Demand for secondary schools, Just for Kids and Access Video On Demand for public libraries, and Films On Demand for colleges and universities—feature many videos that will enlighten and inform students and researchers about Native American history, cultures, contributions, and the challenges they have faced and still face today. Here are just some of the videos you can find. (Some of these titles contain mature themes or content; viewer discretion is advised.)

Trail of Tears: Forced Relocation of Indigenous Peoples by the U.S. Government—History Kids (Wonderscape®, 2021, Item #276167) 

Host Rainy Fields, an Indigenous person from the Cherokee Nation, recounts the painful story of her Cherokee ancestors being forced off their land starting in 1830 under the Indian Removal Act. What effects did this have on the Indigenous peoples of that time, and what are the ramifications still affecting their descendants today? (Available through Learn360 and Just for Kids.)

"Trail of Tears: Forced Relocation of Indigenous Peoples by the U.S. Government—History Kids," available on Learn360

Indigenous Peoples of the American Southwest—History Kids (Wonderscape®, 2021, Item #276164)

Learn all about the Indigenous peoples of the American Southwest. Who were the Hopi, the Navajo, and the Mojave people? How did they usually get food? What was Bosque Redondo? What is Old Oriabi? What was the Pueblo Revolt of 1680? Who were the Code Talkers? These questions and more are covered in depth with detailed graphics, engaging examples, and exciting video. On-screen, multiple-choice reviews at the end of each segment reinforce important points. (Available through Learn360 and Just for Kids.)

"Indigenous Peoples of the American Southwest—History Kids," available on Just for Kids

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Toypurina: Rebelling Against the Mission System (Makematic, 2021, Item #274371)

This episode tells the story of a Tongva woman who led a rebellion against a Spanish mission in Alta California. (Available through Learn360, Classroom Video On Demand, Access Video On Demand, and Films On Demand.) 

Zitkala-Ša: Advocate for the Rights of Native People (Makematic, 2020, Item #278447) 

Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, aka Zitkala-Ša, fought against forced Native American assimilation into Anglo-American culture. (Available through Learn360 and Access Video On Demand.) 

Lozen: Fearless Apache Warrior (Makematic, 2022, Item #281860)

At a time when Apache men and women followed specific gender roles, Lozen defied convention—to become one of the finest warriors in the tribe’s history. (Available through Learn360 and Classroom Video On Demand.) 

"Lozen: Fearless Apache Warrior," available on Classroom Video On Demand

Changunak Antisarlook: The Reindeer Queen (Makematic, 2022, Item #281863)

She was known as the Reindeer Queen—and one of the richest women in Alaska. So how did Changunak Antisarlook use her remarkable wealth to benefit the Inupiat community? (Available through Learn360 and Classroom Video On Demand.) 

Native American Boarding Schools: Forced Separation of Families (Makematic, 2022, Item #289570)

In this episode of the Untold: America Explained series, learn about how, for over a hundred years, the U.S. government used education as a tool to assimilate Native American children into American society. (Available through Learn360, Classroom Video On Demand, and Access Video On Demand.) 

N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear (PBS, 2019, Item #203116)

When N. Scott Momaday won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize, it marked one of the first major acknowledgments of Native American literature and culture. Now, Momaday’s words come to life in this biography of a celebrated Native American storyteller. (Available in the U.S. and Canada through Access Video On Demand and Films On Demand.) 

"N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear," available on Access Video On Demand

TEDTalks: Lindsay Morcom – A History of Indigenous Languages and How to Revitalize Them (TED, 2019, Item #288389)

Highlighting grassroots strategies developed by the Anishinaabe people of Canada to revive their language and community, linguist Lindsay Morcom makes a passionate case for enacting policies that could protect Indigenous heritage for generations to come. (Available in the U.S. and Canada through Access Video On Demand and Films On Demand.) 

Inhabitants (Filmhub, 2022, Item #289460)

Inhabitants follows five Native American communities as they restore their traditional land management practices in the face of a changing climate. (Available through Classroom Video On Demand, Access Video On Demand, and Films On Demand.) 

Warrior Lawyers: Defenders of Sacred Justice (Visions, 2021, Item #289058)

This documentary focuses on the stories of Midwest Native American lawyers, tribal judges, and their colleagues who work with Native nations, their citizens, and mainstream institutions to achieve sacred justice. These unseen role models strive daily to address and resolve unique and complicated historical, governmental, legal, judicial, and social welfare issues, which most often are rooted in discrimination, historical trauma, and cultural destruction. (Available through Access Video On Demand and Films On Demand.) 

"Warrior Lawyers: Defenders of Sacred Justice," available on Films On Demand

What Is Learn360?

The ultimate streaming multimedia resource for the K–12 educational market, Learn360 is an easy-to-use media library that is correlated to standards, organized for educators, and full of K–12 content from the industry’s top producers. Learn360 gives teachers, students, and parents access to more than 191,500 media resources—videos, interactives, printables, audio content, and more—on any Internet-enabled device, anytime, anywhere. 

What Is Just for Kids?

Just for Kids has the educational videos children want to watch—Sesame Street, The Electric Company, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, The Berenstain Bears, Franklin, and thousands more—plus songs, games, and other interactives that are sure to entertain, educate, and inspire young patrons. The collection is ideal for activities for preschoolers and early learners, an after-school or ESL/ELL program, homework help for students, or resources for homeschoolers that they can access anywhere, anytime.

What Is Classroom Video On Demand?

Classroom Video On Demand—created for middle and high schools—is a curriculum-focused video subscription providing unlimited access to thousands of videos for ALL departments. This fully responsive and mobile-friendly multisubject solution is an exceptional value and offers one-stop shopping for librarians and educators, with a wealth of material appropriate for basic through AP courses.

What Is Access Video On Demand?

Access Video On Demand streaming video offers public libraries an expansive, patron-friendly collection of thousands of high-quality videos that complement and enhance your library’s content offerings. We bring your patrons exceptional content from around the world that they may never have had the opportunity to see: from Oscar®, Emmy®, and Peabody Award-winning documentaries, to how-to programs that make life easier and richer, top-quality performances spanning the arts, biographies of history-makers past and present, a variety of TV shows and movies, and more.

What Is Films On Demand?

Films On Demand is a multidisciplinary, research-focused streaming video service providing unlimited access to thousands of videos, all carefully curated with a single guiding principle: provide every academic department on campus with the most essential video content for their field of study. At Films On Demand, we know that content matters. Our video library has been assembled not just with a focus on volume, but also with a discerning eye for quality and relevance. Plus, Films On Demand‘s platform provides users with the content, tools, speed, and performance that today’s online experience demands.

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