An Evening of Native American History

An Evening of Native American History

Fri, 10/29/2010 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Pictured: The Fort Shaw Indian Boarding School girls' basketball team pose for their 1905 team photo. In the center is the championship trophy they won the previous year at the St. Louis World's Fair.

Credit: Courtesy of Terry Bender

Three documentaries featuring Native American history at the beginning of the 20th century.

Tucumseh's Vision, airs Monday, October 29 at 7 p.m. followed by Frontier Visionary: George Catlin and the Plains Indians at 8 p.m. and Playing for the World: The 1904 Fort Indian Girls' Basketball Team at 9 p.m. on WXXI World (cable 524/DT21.2).

Tucumseh's Vision - This groundbreaking mini-series establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. Three 90-minute documentaries spanning 300 years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native-American perspective.Shawnee warrior Tecumseh, rose to become one of the greatest American leaders of all time. With his brother, the prophet Tenskwatawa, Tecumseh organized the most ambitious pan-Indian resistance movement ever mounted to defend the American Indian way of life.

Frontier Visionary: George Catlin and the Plains Indians - “If my life be spared, nothing shall stop me short of visiting every nation of Indians on the Continent of North America.”— George Catlin Experience Catlin’s epic journey up the Missouri River, following parts of the Lewis and Clark trail, hear about his frontier adventures as told by Catlin himself, and learn about this incredible encounter of two cultures through the voices of Native Americans today. In the 1830s, Catlin was the first major artist to travel beyond the Mississippi and live with American Indians, eventually recording the “manners and customs” of 50 Plains tribes in his Indian Gallery. Catlin embodies many characteristics that we think of as quintessentially American — he was a visionary, an explorer and an entrepreneur who risked everything for his art.

Playing for the World: The 1904 Fort Indian Girls' Basketball Team - In 1904, a unique combination of Native women came together at a boarding school in Montana. They used the new sport of basketball to help them adjust to a rapidly changing world. Their travels and experiences led them to places they never imagined. Ultimately, these women played for something much larger than themselves.