HOMELAND: Four Portraits of Native Action

Nov 15th, 2005 | By | Category: 17-2: Sustainability, Media Reviews

HOMELAND COVERBullfrog Films (2005), P.O. Box 149, Oley, PA 19547, www.bullfrogfilms.com
ISBN 1-5945-8267-X
88 minute VHS (DVD version, with separate films for classroom use, available)
Buy $295, rent $95

Review by Gwynne Spencer

Can one person make a difference when so many American Indian reservations in the United States are beset by threats from Big Business? In the face of increasingly ruinous toxic waste, strip mining, oil drilling, and nuclear contamination, the tribes are trying to preserve their sovereignty and survive as a people.

This film features five individuals: Gail Small (Cheyenne), Evon Peter (Gwich’in), Mitchell and Rita Capitan (Navajo), and Barry Dana (Penobscot). They are leading spokespersons in the fight against the environmental assaults threatening their tribes.

This feature-length documentary is produced by the Katahdin Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to tell compelling stories ignored by the mainstream media. The foundation’s motto is “changing the world one frame at a time.”

To make Homeland, the foundation enlisted the aid of some leading Native American environmental activists: Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) of the Honor the Earth Foundation and Tom Goldtooth (Diné/Dakota) from the Indigenous Environmental Network. It is highly recommended.

Gwynne Spencer is a freelance book reviewer and publisher in Mancos, CO.

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