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‘American Experience’ Native American History Mini-Series will Air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Channel 12 (PBS)

DENVER – (April 9, 2009) – See America through Native eyes.  Walk a step in their shoes.

That’s the mantra for PBS’ “We Shall Remain,” a five-part American Experience documentary mini-series about Native American history that KBDI-Channel 12 will air Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m., starting April 22.

The documentary series is the product of collaboration between Native and non-Native filmmakers and historians, establishing Native history as an essential part of American history.

“The tribes across the country who have been reviewing the series have been positive about it,” Susie Aikman, producer of alterNative Voices Radio on KUVO public radio, said.
A 30-minute documentary related to Native Americans will follow each mini-series episode at 10:30 p.m.

The Documentaries

? April 22, 9 p.m.:  We Shall Remain: After the Mayflower begins in New England at the time of the so-called “first Thanksgiving” and follows the next 50 years of history.

? April 22, 10:30 p.m.: Stories in Stone is a film about tribal stonemasons who for over 400 years built many of the stone walls that wind picturesquely through the woods of southern New England.

? April 29, 9 p.m.:  We Shall Remain: Tecumseh’s Vision tells the story of Shawnee leader Tecumseh and his brother during the years following the American Revolution. 

? April 29, 10:30 p.m.: Portrait of an American Artist is a documentary about Charles Banks Wilson who has been called America’s finest artist-historian.  He painted more than 65 Indian tribes, a series called American Indian Purebloods.

? May 6, 9 p.m.:  We Shall Remain: Trail of Tears explores the resolve and resilience of the Cherokee Nation, who resisted removal from their homelands in the Southeast in every way they knew: assimilating, adopting European-style government and legal system, accepting Christianity, and even taking their case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

? May 6, 10:30 p.m.:  Waila! Making the People Happy presents the Waila music and dance of the native people of the Sonoran desert, the largest tribe of southern Arizona. 

? May 7, 8 p.m.: Pocahontas Revealed, a NOVA production, investigates the Pocahontas story and reveals an entirely new version of the epic events that helped found the nation.

? May 13, 9 p.m.: We Shall Remain: Geronimo takes place at the end of the Indian Wars, near the close of the nineteenth century.  Viewed as a controversial character by both whites and some Apaches, Geronimo led the last Native American fighting force to surrender to the U.S. government.

? May 13, 10:30 p.m.:  Lost Bird of Wounded Knee is the life story of a Lakota infant who was found by a rescue party four days after the Wounded Knee massacre, miraculously alive, protected by a woman’s frozen body.

? May 20, 9 p.m.:  We Shall Remain: Wounded Knee tells the gripping story of the 1973 siege of Wounded Knee, examining the broad political and economic forces that led to the emergence of the American Indian Movement in the 1960s.

? May 20, 10:30 p.m.: Stories in Stone, which aired April 22, will repeat.

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American Experience "We Shall Remain"
American Experience "We Shall Remain"

We Shall Remain: After the Mayflower (Episode 1)

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