The Indigenous Studies Collection

Films from the Docuseek2 collection that cover the history, culture, and contemporary experience of indigenous people around the world. Films range from reports of initial contact between Europeans and Africans and South Americans to contemporary challenges of First Nations people to maintain their identity, spiruality and territorial claims.

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The Indigenous Studies Collection includes the following titles:

Sacred Soil - imageSacred Soil

The Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation exhumes up to 1,000 bodies a year to identify them, and return the remains to their families.

Icarus Films | 2008 | 22 minutes | 8-12, COLLEGE, ADULT
Stolen Land - imageStolen Land

Illustrates the decades-long often violent resistance movement of the indigenous Nasa people of Colombia over rights to their native land.

Icarus Films | 2009 | 73 minutes | 8-12, COLLEGE, ADULT
Sun Kissed - imageSun Kissed

One gene exposes a nation's dark past. A Navajo couple with two children born with an extremely rare genetic disorder investigate the cause of the outbreak.

Bullfrog Films | 2012 | 85 minutes | 10-12, College, Adults
The Chocolate Farmer - imageThe Chocolate Farmer

This tender and moving tale captures a year in the life of a Belize cacao farm family.

National Film Board of Canada | 2010 | 52 minutes
The Human Zoo - imageThe Human Zoo

Traces the history of 25 people from four different Chilean indigenous groups who, in the late 19th centry, were kidnapped and exhibited as attractions throughout Europe.

Icarus Films | 2011 | 93 minutes | 10-12, COLLEGE, ADULT
The Life and Times of Sara Baartman - imageThe Life and Times of Sara Baartman

The strange and sad case of Sara Baartman, kidnapped from South Africa in 1810, 'exhibited' around Great Britain, and then treated as a scientific curiosity.

Icarus Films | 1998 | 53 minutes | 10-12, College, Adult
The Mystery of Chaco Canyon - imageThe Mystery of Chaco Canyon

Unveiling the ancient astronomy of southwestern Pueblo Indians.

Bullfrog Films | 1999 | 56 minutes | 7-12, College, Adult
The Prize of the Pole - imageThe Prize of the Pole

Robert Peary's quest to plant an American flag at the North Pole came with enormous, and sometimes unacknowledged, costs. Now his great-grandson wants to set the record straight.

Icarus Films | 2006 | 78 minutes | 10-12, College, Adult
The Return of Sara Baartman - imageThe Return of Sara Baartman

After years of unsettling negotiation with France, South Africa finally welcomes home the remains of Sara Baartman in an historic event of repatriation.

Icarus Films | 2003 | 55 minutes | 10-12, College, Adult
The Salmon Forest - imageThe Salmon Forest

Reveals the fragile connection between salmon, bears, trees, and people in the NW rainforest.

Bullfrog Films | 2001 | 52 minutes | Grades 7-12, College, Adult

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