A History of American Indian Achievement (DVD Series)

May 13th, 2011 | By | Category: 22-4: Honoring Student Success, Media Reviews

Directed by: Ron Meyer
Ambrose DVD (2008); Four Discs, 240 Minutes

Review by Ryan Winn

Hosted by actor Tyler Christopher (Choctaw/Seneca), “A History of American Indian Achievement” is divided into three sections that collectively survey the contributions of American Indians from prehistoric through modern times.

The first section focuses on pre-contact civilizations and highlights how the architecture, technology, and art created by American Indians matched the greatest successes of any ancient culture. The second section focuses upon American Indians overcoming attempts at extermination, and it provides an overview of the leaders of the resistance to colonialism. The final section celebrates American Indian accomplishments and their collective renaissance in modern society.

Each of the eight episodes in this four DVD series is filled with interviews, photos, documents, location footage, and reenactments. The package also includes PDFs of printable quizzes, maps, treaties, legal documents, and educator guides.

This is an excellent survey of Native accomplishments throughout history, and it could be used by librarians and instructors teaching courses in American Indian history, art, humanities, and tribal legal studies.

Ryan Winn is an English, theatre, and communications instructor at College of Menominee Nation in Keshena and Green Bay, WI.

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