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#1 amyc78

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 03:49 PM

My kids are 5 and 8, looking for a movie to tie in with our study of Native Americans, all I can come up with so far is Pocahontas and Spirit...

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 05:28 PM

How about Paddle to the Sea? You could read the story first and then watch the movie on Youtube.
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Posted 13 August 2014 - 05:37 PM

Ah, bummer on the ages. There are plenty of excellent films for the middle school and older crowd. I'm coming up blank on something that would be appropriate for younger children, however. Maybe some old radio programs?

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 07:33 PM

Ah, bummer on the ages. There are plenty of excellent films for the middle school and older crowd. I'm coming up blank on something that would be appropriate for younger children, however. Maybe some old radio programs?

 

Same here. The only things I can think of that are positive are either for older ages, or are really from a White perspective. But, here are two past threads with lots of great BOOK ideas for your unit:

 

What are your must-reads for Native American history?

Need suggestions for Native American literature



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 09:42 PM

Thanks all!! We have some great books, we're actually almost done with this unit and I wanted a fun movie night to finish up. Too bad they're not old enough for Last of the Mohicans or Dances with Wolves!

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 09:45 PM

I haven't seen it, but "The Cherokee Word for Water" is a dramatization of the life of Wilma Mankiller, from 2013. It's rated PG for thematic elements and language, although I don't have more details. Sounds interesting.

Miss Navajo (2007) sounds interesting too and might spark discussion about cultural preservation and contemporary life.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 06:28 PM

It's been a few years since this thread was posted... anybody else have any ideas? My kids are 9 & 7 and we're also looking for a native american kids movie that isn't completely whitewashed... 



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Posted 20 October 2017 - 05:56 AM

Do you live near DC? The Smithsonian American Indian Museum has a month-long celebration in November. We plan on going again to see live demos, performances, & their exhibits plus eat their authentic food as well.

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 03:17 PM

Not really a feature film but often the national parks have great short films on Native Americans and the history. Many are on their websites by different parks as well as YouTube.
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Posted 22 October 2017 - 03:48 PM

Not in DC, Ca :/

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 05:29 AM

Not in DC, Ca :/

 

I can't remember all the details, but Island Of The Blue Dolphins would maybe be appropriate (we read the book in 4th). 
 



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Posted 23 October 2017 - 08:22 AM

I want to say mine watched long parts of Dances with Wolves with me at those ages. It's too long for attention spans, and not all scenes are totally appropriate, but there were long places that mine did watch and enjoy it with me. 



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Posted 23 October 2017 - 11:23 AM

Hmm, that is tricky.

 

For younger kids, there is a claymation series called Wapos Bay that might be appropriate.  I don't know how easy it would be to find at the library outside of Canada - you could try Youtube.

 

North of 60 was a good show set in a indigenous village.  I think there were 7 seasons.  A 9 year old might enjoy it.  I'd preview ahead, its PG but some parents might prefer to avoid some content.  And there are some episodes that are very dated - a plot line about AIDS for example.  The first season is a little different in tone than the others.

 

For a child a little older, maybe 12, I'd suggest Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, as long as they weren't too sensitive, I think it's rated PG-13, maybe 14.


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