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We Shall Remain – And You Don’t Want to Miss This

I know where you want to be Monday night, April 13th … Viewing PBS and the American Experience documentary We Shall Remain. During Loriene Roy’s ALA presidency, we were treated to a taste of the new five-part television series We Shall Remain. WOW! You will not want to miss this. 

According to the web site, this series: shows how Native peoples valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture — 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 and involves Native advisors and scholars at all levels of the project.

Debbie A. Reese alerted LM_NETter’s to a clip on Facebook, but I went to YouTube to find this clip:

Be sure to check out the website for local events. I cannot wait to own the DVD that is being released April 28th. I’m already wondering how this will affect future products for schools.

Comments

  1. Debbie Reese says:

    Hi Diane,

    Writers, reviewers, editors, teachers… anyone whose work in some way touches American Indian cultures/histories… Please watch the upcoming PBS series WE SHALL REMAIN. It starts on Monday night. Native scholars and leaders were deeply involved in the series. At the website there are guides for teachers to use with students.

    The link to facebook in Diane’s post above starts with children singing ”

  2. Debbie Reese says:

    It starts with children singing “Ten Little Indians.” The visuals start with animated ledger art of a school bus, with Native children boarding that bus. The animated ledger-art is interspersed with black and white photos, and interviews with Native people who were in the schools. The clip is from one of the episodes that will air later.

    It is a powerful clip. In spite of the boarding schools, we are still here, and as is made clear by the series itself and the interviews and activities of Native people today, it is clear why the series is called “We Shall Remain.” I don’t mean that to sound melodramatic. I do mean to say that Native people are pushing back in greater numbers and in greater ways to the ways that we our cultures and histories are taught and presented in the media, in school, in books, etc.