Story of Alaska Native dogsled racer who, with one good leg and a determined mindset, rose to international fame to become a sports legend.
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Examines the enigmatic life and mind of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, Navarro Scott Momaday, one of Native America’s most celebrated authors.
A golf club built atop a sacred burial ground triggers a woman’s relentless fight to protect her tribe from the onslaughts of development.
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News November 1, 2019
Filmmaker and producer Billy Luther's first feature documentary Miss Navajo, which follows a young woman competing in the Miss Navajo beauty pageant, aired nationally on Independent Lens after premiering in the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Since then, Luther has collaborated with Independent Lens on the alter-NATIVE series highlighting the…
News October 29, 2019
Native American filmmaker Jeffrey Palmer talks with writer Jason Asenap about making a film on one of the preeminent Native writers, N. Scott Momaday, including how he shot the flashback recreations and animated sequences.
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