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  New!  "Dances With Wolves" star Kevin Costner produced this 8-volume series chronicling the history of Native Americans. Hosted by Gregory Harrison. 500 Nations is an eight-part documentary that explores the history of the indigenous peoples of North and Central America, from pre-Colombian times through the period of European contact and colonization, to the end of the 19th century and the subjugation of the Plains Indians of North America. 500 Nations utilizes historical texts, eyewitness accounts, pictorial sources and computer graphic reconstructions to explore the magnificent civilizations which flourished prior to contact with Western civilization, and to tell the dramatic and tragic story of the Native American nations' desperate attempts to retain their way of life against overwhelming odds.  Source: Warner Home Video.

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500 NATIONS - Complete Set
Full Screen
Director: Jack Leustig
Year: 1995
Runtime: 372
Rating: Not Rated
Language:  Original: English; Closed Captioned: English
Color: Y
Closed Captioned: Y
UPC: 012569457720
Item Number: WBD004577

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  New!  With all the advances in modern medicine, there are still many diseases and ailments that it fails to diagnose, much less offer treatment for or cure. In response to this, alternative medicine has been gaining popularity steadily, and an important aspect of these alternative therapies is the study and use of Native American medicine. This program explores the different techniques and rituals that a number of tribes used to treat illnesses, often with great success. NATIVE AMERICAN MEDICINE is a fascinating program that will assuredly open one's eyes to the variety of ways healing can be approached. 
 

NATIVE AMERICAN MEDICINE

Full Screen

Year: 2001

Runtime: 60

Rating: Not Rated

Language:  Original: English

Color: Y

Closed Captioned: N

UPC: 790658998407

Item Number: WHE000741

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In Robert Aldrich's stirring film, an indominable Apache fighter, Massai (Burt Lancaster), refuses to accept the defeat of his people signaled by the surrender of his legendary chief, Geronimo (Monte Blue). Likewise, he will not swallow the pronouncement of a foe, Indian scout Al Sieber (John McIntyre), who tells Massai (with the latter securely bound in chains), "You're not a warrior, just a whipped Indian." Massai escapes a train headed for a reservation in Florida and resumes his quest to find a way of life beyond the suffocating subjugation of the white man. Sieber comes after him, as does a fully assimilated Indian, Hondo (Charles Bronson), who has been whipped into a murderous rage because Massai has stolen the heart of his woman, Nalinle (Jean Peters). Lancaster delivers a passionate performance, and Aldrich girds his tale of the defiant warrior with powerful, iconic imagery worthy of myth, making for a film that ventures into the genre of the Western but stakes out a spacious territory all its own.

 

APACHE

Actor/Actress: Bert Lancaster, Jean Peters, John McIntire

Director: Robert Aldrich

Year: 1954

Runtime: 87M

Rating: NR

Language: English

Color: Y

Closed Captioned: CC

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Item Number: MGD001833D

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  "The War that Made America" brings to life a vastly important time in American history, when events set forces in motion that would culminate in the American Revolution. The dramatic documentary tells the story of the French and Indian War (1754-1763), which began in the wilderness of the Pennsylvania frontier and spread throughout the colonies, into Canada, and ultimately around the world.   "The War That Made America" combines a commitment to accuracy with a compelling portrayal of the dangerous world of the 18th-century frontier. A central figure is George Washington, a brash and ambitious young officer in his twenties hoping to make his reputation in the military -- and whose blunders inadvertently trigger the war.  A primary focus of the series, and a story that has been distorted or long forgotten, is the critical military importance and strategic diplomacy of Native Americans in the conflict between the English and French. It was a war the British won, but the fruit of their victory contained the seeds of the Revolutionary War.   The program is narrated and hosted by Graham Greene, the Academy-Award nominated actor for "Dances With Wolves" and an Oneida Indian whose ancestors fought in the French and Indian War.

WAR THAT MADE AMERICA

Language: English

Closed Captioned: N

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Item Number: PBS000629D

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  From the Spanish conquistadors of the 16th century to the English colonists of the 18th, the settling of America often came at the cost of Native American blood. But the 350-year conflict between European settlers and Indian natives reached its apex with the territorial expansions of the 19th century, when the notion of Manifest Destiny justified a series of battles and massacres that virtually wiped out the indigenous population. This five-part documentary series chronicles the Indian Wars of 1540 to 1890 through archival photographs and voiceover narration, covering pivotal battles such as Tippecanoe, Horseshoe Bend, Little Big Horn, and Wounded Knee, as well as the famous men who fought them, including Tecumseh, Crazy Horse, Geronimo, Sitting Bull, Wild Bill Hickok, Kit Carson, and George Custer.
 
  • Title: GREAT INDIAN WARS (3-DISC)
  • Director:
  • Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 240M
  • Rating: NR
  • Language: English
  • Color: Y
  • Closed Captioned: N
  • 787364598199
  • Item Number: BHV045981D

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  A true legend, Sitting Bull remains synonymous with the old west. A medicine man, Sitting Bull also galvanized the Native American troops before coming to a sad, untimely demise as he tried to escape captivity. This entry in the Biography series tells the story of this famous Sioux Indian.
 

 

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  • Title: SITTING BULL-CHIEF OF THE LAKOTA
  • Director:
  • Year: 0
  • Rating: NR
  • Language: English
  • Color: Y
  • Closed Captioned: N
  • 733961731033
  • Item Number: ANE073103D

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  Three classic Hollywood films that all deal with American Indian themes.

SITTING BULL: A depiction of the battle at Little Big Horn is the centerpiece of this classic American western that showcases the trial and near hanging of Calvary Officer Robertson for his sympathy toward native Americans. The main character, Chief Sitting Bull, becomes the hero when he saves Officer Robertson's life by collaborating with President Grant to offer a pardon on behalf the sympathizer.

CRY BLOOD, APACHE: A group of murderous cowboys try to get their hands on a goldmine.

BATTLES OF CHIEF PONTIAC:  A heroic epic of one the most famous chiefs and his people. 

 
  • Title: CLASSIC AMERICAN INDIAN MOVIES
  • Actor/Actress: Dale Robertson, J. Naish, Cody Iron Eye
  • Director:
  • Year: 1954
  • Rating: NR
  • Language: English
  • Color: Y
  • Closed Captioned: N
  • 066805305955
  • Item Number: BFD030595D

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  In 1974, in a true incident, two FBI agents were killed in a gun battle that erupted on a reservation in Oglala, North Dakota. Leonard Peltier, a leader of AIM (the American Indian Movement) was convicted of the murders. However, existing evidence suggests that Peltier did not commit the crimes, and that his arrest may have been politically motivated. British director Michael Apted, known for his probing documentaries (the 7 UP series), explores this question through interviews with witnesses, judges, US attorneys, Peltier, and a mysterious figure named Mister X--who claims to be the person who shot the two FBI agents. Narrated by Robert Redford, who has long been associated with Native American causes, the film makes a strong case that Peltier should at least receive another trial. It also reconstructs the chaotic time before the incident, when division between two factions on the reservation created an atmosphere of sheer terror. Released shortly before THUNDERHEART, Apted's fictionalized portrayal of Native American life in the 1970s, INCIDENT AT OGLALA presents a disturbing examination of the mistreatment of American Indians, and like Apted's film CLASS ACTION, the film also examines the U.S. legal system.
  • Title: INCIDENT AT OGLALA
  • Director: Michael Apted
  • Year: 1992
  • Runtime: 90M
  • Rating: NR
  • Language: English
  • Color: Y
  • Closed Captioned: N
  • 012236129035
  • Item Number: LVD02903DD

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  Agent Ray Levoi (Val Kilmer) buried his Native American heritage with the body of his drunken father. Raised by his white mother and stepfather, he becomes a gung-ho federal agent who never questions the authority of the U.S. government. Then Levoi finds himself in a real-life version of "cowboys and Indians" when the FBI moves onto a South Dakota reservation to apprehend a fugitive. Once in the community, the agent uncovers a plot to frame American Indian activists. With the help of an Indian sheriff and shaman (Graham Greene), he learns to accept a long-denied part of himself and to fight for his people. Created after the success of DANCES WITH WOLVES and LAST OF THE MOHICANS, director Michael Apted's film takes the buddy-cop genre and uses it to explore the sordid politics of reservation life in the United States. The film was released just weeks after Apted's documentary INCIDENT AT OGLALA, which examines the unjust imprisonment of Indian activist Leonard Peltier. Together the two films form a powerful plea for recognition of the mistreatment of Native Americans.
  • Title: THUNDERHEART
  • Actor/Actress: Val Kilmer, Sam Shepard, Fred Ward
  • Director:  Michael Aptedl
  • Year: 1992
  • Runtime: 119M
  • Rating: R
  • Language: English
  • Color: Y
  • Closed Captioned: CC
  • 043396706996
  • Item Number: COL070699D

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  Elvis Presley stars as Pacer Burton, son of a white father (John McIntire) and Native American mother (Dolores del Rio) who finds his loyalties tested in a war of attrition between a fierce Indian tribe, the Kiowas, and a group of racist white settlers on the Texas frontier in 1870. Although his parents attempt to remain outside the fray, his father is eventually killed in an Indian attack on the settlement. A white man, enraged over the Indian attacks, kills Pacer's mother. Shunned by white society after the Indian attacks, Pacer elects to fight on the side of the Kiowas while his brother, Clint (Steve Forrest), stays with the settlers. When Clint rides into the Kiowa camp alone and kills their chief to avenge his father's murder, Pacer fights off the entire tribe to protect his brother, and Clint barely escapes with his life. After Pacer's girl, Roslyn Pierce (Barbara Eden), has tended to Clint's severe wounds, she's unsuccessful in trying to stop him from going off to try to save his brother's life. Presley gives his finest performance as the sensitive Pacer, supported by an excellent cast in what is likely his best film. The strong, uncompromising script on the tragic cost of racism is superbly directed by Don Siegel.
  • Title: FLAMING STAR
  • Actor/Actress: Elvis Presley, Barbara Eden, 
  • Director: Don Siegel
  • Year: 1960
  • Runtime: 101M
  • Rating: NR
  • Language: English
  • Color: Y
  • Closed Captioned: N
  • 024543048107
  • Item Number: FXD004810D

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  With another adaptation of Tony Hillerman's bestselling suspense novels centered on Native American culture and the detective work of Navajo tribal police Joe Leaphorn (Wes Studi) and Jim Chee (Adam Beach). This time around, Leaphorn and Chee are called in to investigate the mysterious disappearance of an archaeologist digging at an ancient Indian burial ground, where they discover evidence of poaching and the possibility of supernatural avengers.

 

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  • Title: A THIEF OF TIME
  • Actor/Actress: Adam Beach, William Brennan, Tantoo Cardinal, William Martin
  • Director: Chris Eyre
  • Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 90M
  • Rating: NR
  • Language: English
  • Color: Y
  • Closed Captioned: CC
  • 841887050326
  • Item Number: PRD005032D

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  A breathtakingly photographed, epic western like none produced for decades, HIDALGO recounts the life of legend Frank T. Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen). Set in the 1800s, this family film chronicles the triumphant victory won by Frank and his mustang Hidalgo in the Ocean of Fire, an often-fatal competition in which the best riders and thoroughbreds race across Middle Eastern deserts. For Frank, who is known in the west for his prowess as a Pony Express rider and the winner of long-distance horse races, the lure of the Ocean of Fire is not only the $100,000 purse but also the clear challenge--both of which prove irresistible, and inspire him to travel across the world for this life-altering experience.

With sweeping landscapes that evoke John Ford westerns like STAGECOACH and THE SEARCHERS, HIDALGO features enough racing, rivalry, and romance to befit any action film. But the race also provides a vehicle for the story of Frank forgiving himself for his participation in the Wounded Knee slaughter and accepting his part-Indian ancestry. The film's message, highlighted in a particularly moving scene where Frank invokes the spirits of his Native American ancestors, is that the key to happiness is accepting yourself as you are.
  • Title: HIDALGO (FS)
  • Actor/Actress: Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif, Zuleikha Robinson
  • Director: Joe Johnston
  • Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 136M
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Language: English
  • Color: Y
  • Closed Captioned: N
  • 786936228113
  • Item Number: BVD032424D

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