CreatorOctapixx Worldwide Distribution ; Chappell Films and Entertainment LLC ; Rich-Heape Films, Inc. ; executive producer, Steven R. Heape ; director, Chip Richie ; producers, Chip Richie & Steven R. Heape
2 videodiscs (approximately 4 hr., 23 min.) : DVD video, sound, color & black and whtie ; 4 3/4 in
Trail of tears: hosted by Wes Studi ; narrated by James Earl Jones ; voice re-enactors, James Garner, Crystal Gayle, Gov. Douglas Wilder, John Buttrum, Gregg Howard, Jack Rash, Choogie Kingfisher, Ed Yeatman, Woody Hansen, Robin Coffee, Edward Yates, Wayne Mitchell, David Scott, S.B. Hons'sa, Terry Osburn, Jr., Roy Rains ; principal re-enactors, Eddie Swimmer, Joel Quen, Earnest Grant, Fred Bradley, Wayne Mitchell, Chris Frix, Dan Agent, Paul Sushereba, Chris Rouse. Black Indians: narrated by James Earl Jones. Native American healing in the 21st century: narrator, Gregg Howard. Our spirits don't speak English: presenter/narrator, Gayle Ross ; opening narrative, August Schellenberg ; on camera interviews, Beverley Conrad, Fairuz Dakam, Christie Time Firtha, Tonita Largo-Glover, John Ketcher, Patti Jo King, Jo Hummingbird Kinney, Delbert Hayward Sr., James W. LaBelle, Barbara Landis, Pollyann Soap Makarka, Christy J.D. Nations, Henrietta Mann, Rose Prince Prince, Jacqueline Fear-Segal, Wilfred Sisco Sr., Sidney J. Smith, Ben Teller, Marjorie W. Thomas, Grace F. Thorpe, Cliff Trafzer, Andrew Windy Boy, Joyce Trewyn, Daniel R. Wildcat
Trail of tears: director of photography, Bob Tullier ; music, James Neel, Felix Tex Ventouras, James Neel Musichouse ; costume designer, Stephan Chudej. Black Indians: musical score by Ron DiLulio ; editor, Howard Tyler ; photography, Bob Yarnall. Native American healing in the 21st century: cameraman, Robert Tullier, Chip Richie, John Cermin ; editor, Shane Ray, John J. O'Brien ; original music written & performed by Jack Anquoe, Ron Dilullio, William P. Gutierrez. Our spirits don't speak English: HD cinematography, Chip Richie ; editor, Robert J. Castaldo ; original music & mixer, Jay Adkins ; contributing composer, Dawn Avery
"Native Americans have experienced a history full of oppression and racism. Since the period when Native tribes were found on this continent at the time of its "discovery," the British and American governments disregarded Native Americans as the owners of the land they occupied and used aggressive force to take their lands and destroy their people. This harrowing and compelling compilation of four award-winning documentary programs chronicles the struggles of the Native American culture from the forced relocation known as the Trail of Tears to the current issues faced by American's aboriginal people." -- Back of container.
Trail of Tears: "This two-hour documentary explores one of the great historical tragedies of America's aboriginal people. In 1830, eager to gain access to lands inhabited by Native Americans, President Andrew Jackson enacted the Indian Removal Act which forced the Cherokee Nation to leave their homeland and relocate into unchartered territory. Many of these forced settlers suffered from exposure, disease and starvation and upon arriving in Indian Territory, they arrived with no past and no future." -- Back of container.
Black Indians: "This award-winning feature examines a minority group that is discounted and often ignored by mainstream media. Sharing a common past, many African Americans and Native Americans have combined to create a unique culture that has meshed the traditions and fine heritage of both. Little known, little documented and often marginalized, this group has become all but invisible at the dawn of the new millennium." -- Back of container.
Native American Healing: "This comprehensive look at the ancient health and healing methods of American aboriginals uncovers the invaluable contributions that Native Americans made to early frontier living. Early European settlers learned how to use healing plants and herbs from the aboriginal people, and these methods are still important today in maintaining health." -- Back of container.
Our Spirits Don't Speak English: "This compelling documentary feature give the Native American perspective on Indian Boarding Schools and uncovers the dark history of U.S. government policy which took Indian children away from their homes, forced them into boarding schools and enacted a policy of educating them in the ways of Western Society. This award-winning film gives a voice to the countless Indian children forced through a system designed to strip them of their Native American culture, heritage and traditions." -- Back of container.
Disc 1. Trail of tears: Cherokee legacy (2006 ; 105 min.) / Rich-Heape Films, Inc. in association with the Cherokee Nation & the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians presents ; writer Daniel Blake Smith -- Disc 2. Black Indians: an American story (2001 ; 52 min.) / written by Daniel Blake Smith -- Native American healing in the 21st century (1999 ; 53 min.) / writer, Howard Fisher ; a production of Rich-Heape Films, Inc. -- Our spirits don't speak English: Indian Boarding School (2008 ; 53 min.) / Rich-Heape Films presents ; screen writer, Dan Agent
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