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What to Read, Watch, and Listen to About Native and Indigenous History

Last updated May 10, 2021

In this iteration of our series on how to support, educate, and empower the Get Schooled community to get involved in the fight for racial justice in the United States, we’ll be sharing resources on how to learn about and combat the ongoing (and historical) violence, dispossession, and discrimination Native and Indigenous Americans face.

Books

Free Streamable Movies and Videos

  • American Experience: We Shall Remain - this three-part PBS series focuses on 300 years of American history through the lens, understanding, and experiences of Native Americans. From the arrival of settlers on the Mayflower, to the trail of tears, to Wounded Knee - this is a key, equal-handed primer on both sides of how the U.S was shaped.
  • Trudell - The story of American Indian activist John Trudell. The film traces his upbringing in Omaha, Nebraska through his leadership in the American Indian Movement (AIM) in the late 1960’s.
  • A Conversation With Native Americans On Race - A quick, but powerful 6 minutes of perspectives from Native and Indigenous youth on the topic of racism in the U.S.
  • The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open - Powerful film by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, a member of the Kanai First Nation, that seeks to show the necessity for Indigenous people to look out for each other in a society that's too often indifferent to their existence.

Podcasts

This Land - A quick, accessible pod on the history of land theft in Native America.

The Red Nation Podcast - Insightful, funny perspectives on how indigenous youth view and move through the world around them.

Coffee With My Ma - Host Kaniehtiio Horn, a first nations activist, spends each episode interviewing her mother, Kahentinetha Horn, a prominent Mohawk activist. Tune in for fascinating, history-laden stories and lovely banter.

Who to follow:

This list only scratches the surface of resources about Native and Indigenous American history and culture in the United States. We believe that the work Native activists and creators do to bring awareness toward these issues helps combat bigotry and violence. We highly encourage you to dig deeper into the history, culture, and lived experiences of Native folks to become a better ally. If you have recommendations to add to this list, message us on Instagram @getschooled.

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