A powerful new perspective on native American history.
From the award-winning PBS series American Experience comes We Shall Remain, a provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history.
Shall we give up our homes, our country, bequeathed to us by the Great Spirit, the graves of our dead, and everything that is dear and sacred to us, without a struggle? I know you will cry with me: Never! Never! Tecumseh, Shawnee
Shall we give up our homes, our country, bequeathed to us by the Great Spirit, the graves of our dead, and everything that is dear and sacred to us, without a struggle? I know you will cry with me: Never! Never! ~ ~Tecumseh, Shawnee
Multiple Platforms, Maximum Impact
PBS Television Series
At the heart of the project is a five-part television series that shows how Native peoples adapted and fought back-- from the Wampanoags of New England in the 1600s who used their alliance with the English to weaken rival tribes, to the bold new leaders of the 1970s who harnessed the momentum of the civil rights movement to forge a pan-Indian identity. We Shall Remain represents an unprecedented collaboration between Native and non-Native filmmakers, as well as the involvement of Native advisors and scholars at all levels of the project. The series is scheduled to be aired in 2009.
We Shall Remain will have a lasting impact on the telling of Native American stories, thanks to a mentoring program that is cultivating the talent of emerging Native filmmakers. Participants in the program have access to the resources and expertise of a flagship PBS series and some of the nation's most respected documentary filmmakers. The program was formally launched in March 2006 with intensive training for participants, who have assumed full-time paid positions as producers, associate producers or production assistants.
Web & New Media
An in-depth Web site will serve the general public, educators, and students, offering interactive learning resources and several hours of streaming video. Part of PBS Online, one of the leading dot-org sites on the Internet, the We Shall Remain site will also feature behind-the-scenes production stories and original podcasts.
This groundbreaking outreach project will encourage Native Americans to give voice to their heritage and address contemporary issues by training them to produce their own short videos. About 40 people will participate in ReelNative workshops across the nation. Their videos will be given prominence on the We Shall Remain Web site and screened at film festivals around the globe.
A nationwide community outreach campaign is engaging Native communities and organizations, Native radio, public television stations, universities, museums, schools, and libraries. The events, activities, and dialogue that come out of these relationships will extend We Shall RemainŐs crucial message to audiences across the country that might not tune into the broadcast.
Web resources will include a teacher's guide with lesson plans, activities, and discussion questions. In addition, the site will feature educational activities and resources created by the We Shall Remain community coalitions.
In order to reach Americans young and old, who are using the nationŐs public libraries in record numbers, We Shall Remain is working closely with the American Library Association president, Loriene Roy (White Earth Anishinabe). Each of the 17,500 main and branch public libraries will receive an event kit to encourage public programs related to We Shall Remain. Events may include book groups featuring Native American authors, film screenings, or cross-cultural programs for teens.