Serving in the military is significant and meaningful to Native people. In many Native Nations, veterans are regularly honored and recognized at community gatherings, including powwows, as part of the opening and closing activities.
We Are Still Here: Native American Heritage Month Film Collection
This November, WORLD Channel presents films rich with voices from the Indigenous community. With the new leadership of our partner Vision Maker Media (team photo above), we invite you to listen and learn from these Native storytellers.
“We’re excited to combine efforts with WORLD to elevate Indigenous voices and stories in celebration of Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Now more than ever, we need our communities, and it’s through stories that we come together. November is an opportunity to educate the world about Native American history and culture, and bring Native storytellers to the forefront of the conversation,” stated Francene Blythe-Lewis, Executive Director of Vision Maker Media.
In the history of the United States, Native Americans have been stewarding the northern lands of the Western Hemisphere. Colonial pilgrims recognized this, and in the name of peace and respect, implemented the formation of treaties with the first encountered Native Nations. As such, these lands are the original homelands to well over 500 different tribes and bands. This cultural aspect of American history, and Native Americans’ resilience to survive, resist, regain and retain, is vital for every world citizen to learn and know.
“We Are Still Here” has been said countless times in many different Native languages. The phrase reminds us of Native history as well as the signal to embrace home, where elders are honored and cultural history is celebrated in original homelands. Together, the notion of “Tribal Sovereignty and Home” encompasses all that is explained as a holistic concept, and serves to empower and heal as Native Americans are still here.
Watch, share and join in the conversation #MyHomeIsHere.