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Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience

Catalogue Number:  AUGE01
Producer:  Visions/Audrey Geyer
Producers:  Sneve, Shirley K.
Directors:  Geyer, Audrey
Producing Agencies:  Vision Maker Media
Subject:  American History, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Guidance, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues, Social Sciences
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  United States
Copyright Year:  2013
Running Time:  56:53

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This exciting and compelling one hour documentary invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native Americans.  It dispels the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the American horizon, and reveals how they continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive, and make significant contributions to society. Their experiences will deeply touch both Natives and non-Natives and help build bridges of understanding, respect, and communication.

The tragic history of Native Americans is considered by many to be our “American Holocaust.”  This can be seen in the history of the Boarding School Era, during which time Native children were forcibly removed from their homes and placed into boarding schools.  Interviewees explain how this past trauma continues to negatively impact their emotional and physical health today and contribute to urgent social problems.  To help heal this historical trauma, First Nations people are reclaiming their spiritual and cultural identity.

The stories shared in this documentary are powerful, startling, despairing and inspiring. They reflect an American history fraught with the systematic destruction of a people. Yet, amidst the debris of suffering and trauma, there is resilience and a profound remembering and healing taking place today, which will also benefit the next Seven Generations.

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