Modern Native American communities in both urban and reservation settings reveal a diverse people working to revitalize their culture.
Storytellers of the Pacific
Indigenous peoples of the Pacific and Pacific Rim tell their stories of culture, spirituality, histories, experiences, and survival.
- Premiere Date
- December 19, 1996
- 240 minutes
- Funding Initiative
- Series and Special Projects
A two-part series of one-hour documentaries in which indigenous peoples of the Pacific and Pacific Rim tell their stories of culture, spirituality, histories, experiencesx and survival. Program 1, Identity, examines the question of how people come to have an identity. Spokespeople include Greg Sarris, chief of the Coast Miwok of California; Eni Faleomavaega, the non-voting elected Samoan representative to the U.S. Congress; native Hawaiian Dr. Noa Emmet Aluli, chairman of the Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission; and Angel Santos of the Chamoru people of Guam. Program 2, Self-Determination, looks at issues of self-determination through the words and stories of four cultures which have had to struggle to stay intact: the Nisqually people of the Pacific Northwest, native Hawaiians, the Seri people of the Sonoran Desert in northern Mexico, and the Aleut people of Alaska's Pribiloff Islands.