Native American Stories

color image of young Apache chef holding a silver bowl in a field from the film Gather
October 29, 2021

Though conditions don't allow us to gather and celebrate Native American Heritage Month at in-person screenings, we hope you'll nonetheless enjoy this online offering of six documentary films telling Native American stories. These films are made available to Yale students, faculty, and staff through Yale University Library's streaming video collections, and are available throughout November.

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Beyond Recognition (Michelle Grace Steinberg, 2014)
An Ohlone woman and her allies preserve Native culture in the Bay Area, establishing the first women-led urban Indigenous land trust.

Gather (Sanjay Rawal, 2020)
An Apache chef, Yurok ecological activists, and a science-loving Lakota high-schooler reclaim and recover traditional foodways.

A Good Day to Die (David Mueller and Lynn Salt, 2011)
The story of Dennis Banks, the Ojibwe civil rights activist and co-founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM).

More Than a Word (John Little and Kenn Little, 2017)
An exploration of Native American-based sports mascots and their impact on perceptions, attitudes, and policies.

Reel Injun (Catherine Bainbridge and Neil Diamond, 2010)
Through hundreds of clips, see how a century of "the Hollywood Indian" has unfairly shaped the image of Native Americans.

Rumble (Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana, 2017)
Hear the music of "Indians who rocked the world" including Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Redbone, and more.

What is Treasures from the Yale Film Archive?
Treasures from the Yale Film Archive is a continuing series of classic and contemporary films in 35mm curated by the Yale Film Archive. Watch for more in-person screenings to resume soon!