Arkansas PBS Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

08 Nov 2023 in

November marks Native American Heritage Month, a celebration of the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S.

During November, Arkansas PBS is joining the celebration by highlighting programming which focuses on Native Americans.

“Indigenize the Plate”

Exploring the connection between food sustainability and cultural sustainability for indigenous communities, a Diné woman travels from New Mexico to the Andes in Peru to connect with a Quechuan community who are developing their own solutions to address the same challenges seen in their region.

“Indigenize the Plate” airs Sunday, Nov. 19, at 11 p.m.

“Secrets of the Dead: Hidden in the Amazon” Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 9 p.m.
Recent discoveries and technological advances are shedding new light on our understanding of pre-Columbian societies in the Amazon. Scientists speculate the rainforest was home to between 8 and 10 million people living in large, well-established communities.

“Native America” Season 2

Season 2 of “Native America” is a groundbreaking portrait of contemporary Indian Country. Building on the success of the first season, this four-part Native directed series reveals the beauty and power of today’s Indigenous world. Smashing stereotypes, it follows the brilliant engineers, bold politicians, and cutting-edge artists who draw upon Native tradition to build a better 21st century. Stream both seasons of “Native America” today on the PBS App.

“Little Bird”

In 1968, five-year-old Bezhig Little Bird was forcibly removed from Long Pine Reserve and adopted into a Jewish family in Montreal, and renamed Esther Rosenblum. Eighteen years later, she embarks on a journey to unravel her history. Through this epic journey of connection and self-discovery, Bezhig Little Bird begins to find her lost family and put the pieces of her fragmented past back together. Stream “Little Bird” today on the PBS App.

For on-demand viewing, Arkansas PBS has free programming viewable at the Arkansas PBS YouTube channel.

“Arkansas’s First People”

“Arkansas’s First People” is a five-part series featuring unique perspectives on American Indian cultural legacy, archaeological data and interviews with modern tribal representatives of those who had and still have an impact on Arkansas.

“It Started Here: Early Arkansas and The Louisiana Purchase”

“It Started Here: Early Arkansas and The Louisiana Purchase” chronicles the people and land of Arkansas, between the signing of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, leading up to Arkansas statehood in 1836.

“Music in Arkansas: Origins 200 BC - 1941 AD”

"Music in Arkansas: Origins 200 BC–1941 AD" tracks the development of Arkansas's rich musical heritage, beginning with the discovery of a 200 BC Hopewell panpipe and concluding as King Biscuit Time hits the airwaves in 1941 Helena. "Origins" explores Arkansas's role in the development of fourteen distinct musical genres, as well as how the rich Arkansas soundscape has been influenced by various shifts in culture and Arkansas's unique geographical regions.

“The Forgotten Expedition”

Most Americans have heard the story of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery that was sent by Thomas Jefferson to explore the new Louisiana Purchase from 1804-1806. What most people do not realize is that Jefferson also commissioned a second expedition to explore the southern areas of that new frontier.