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Trail of Tears - A Native American Documentary Collection

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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 territory they occupied and used aggressive force to take their lands and destroy their people.

This harrowing and compelling compilation of 4 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 America's aboriginal people.

TRAIL OF TEARS: CHEROKEE LEGACY Not Rated - 120 min
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.

NATIVE AMERICAN HEALING IN THE 21ST CENTURY Not Rated - 60 min
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, showing how many of the healing plants and herbs that early European settlers were taught by the aboriginal people are still important sources of today's modern methods of maintaining health.

BLACK INDIANS: AN AMERICAN STORY Not Rated - 60 min
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.

OUR SPIRITS DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH: INDIAN BOARDING SCHOOL Not Rated - 60 min
This compelling documentary feature gives the Native American perspective on Indian Boarding Schools and uncovers the dark history of U.S. Government policy which took Indian children 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.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00337DRGQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,836 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I was prompted to review these four outstanding documentaries on two discs simply to let people know what the discs contain. The first disc is 105 minutes long and deals with the Cherokee 'Trail of Tears' which I have already highly recommended (see my other reviews). The second disc has 'Black Indians: An American Story' (52 mins); 'Native American Healing in the 21st century' (52 minutes); and 'Our spirits Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School' (53 minutes). All are essential viewing for students of Native American history and in particular that of the Cherokee Nation. All are historically accurate, informative and the discs are outstanding value. I am glad that since my review Amazon has given more information about the discs.
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Trail of Tears - A Native American Documentary Collection is a good account of what happened before and after the removal of Cheorkees of Georgia, so Southern Settlers of Georgia could steal their farms and lifestyle of farming to begin the trade of Slavery in the American Southland. The legacy of theft from our American Natives by European Immigrants turned southern gentlemen, so proud of their accomplishments of Deception, Theft and Murder. America should be proud of this part of our History and saddened that we have this in our proud legacy. I have some Cheorkee in my blood line, thus I felt the need to see what this view would give me to account for what has happened. I have other accounts that corrispond and support this version of history. So Sad and Maddening to the Heart.
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Though I had read about the trail of tears (cherokee forced relocation to steal their very well developed farmland and homes), it was nice to see depicted on the screen the life style and changes this group had made to conform to the white invasion. They probably were too well off and brought on the never ending greed of the local whites. Very informative film and also entertaining.
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This was indeed a video to bring on tears. Of all the things the Native Americans did to keep the Europeans alive while those same Europeans were confiscating the land, we sure showed a great way to thank them. Wes Studi was outstanding in telling the Cherokee story in the Cherokee language.
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When I went to school, we discussed this topic and I remember it was just skimmed through, dates, important figures involved, thats it! Growing up I knew there was more to the story, then I saw this and got it. All I can say is just this, grabbed my heart, seeing this being told by the people who went through this, is just. I dont dont have words to convey how I feel, this is something ever person should see I believe. The second dvd, is a true bonus, discussion about herbs and there healing spirit is worth every penny of this dvd collection. The price should be higher, but if you can get this dvd, or have second thoughts about it, GET THIS DVD! It will be worth it. It is very powerful in telling of what happened to a peoples culture, spirit, and veneration.
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This is a set of documentaries, Trail of Tears being just one documentary in a set of four. Other DVD's in the set include "Black Indians" and a documentary on schools for Native Americans in which they were stripped of their culture.
In the DVD on the Trail of Tears, Cherokee actor Wes Studi ("Dances with Wolves", "Geronimo") speaks entirely in Cherokee (English translation provided on the screen). This gives a very present realism to the documentary.
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The movie in the set actually titled "Trail Of Tears" is awesome; it gives a historically accurate account of the Cherokee removal, along with some nice scenery actually shot in the Southern Appalachians and the Tennessee Valley. If I were rating it alone, I would give it a 5 star. "Black Indians was also a good history piece, and enlightening. But the "Native American Healing..." mostly focussed on herbs that tribes of the southwest used; I know of alot of herbs used by the indians in the Appalachian and Tennessee Valley area that were never mentioned, such as gensing, yellowroot, bloodroot, alder, ferns, birch bark, and buckeye (and many more). And finally, "Our Spirits Don't Speak English" was terribly over-dramatized; I think one of the actors had to have been coming down off of a bad trip to have acted so pitiful (He seemed suicidal); it was terrible, and couldn't even get through it. About half way through I turned it off, and have no desire to see any more of it; it's that bad. But the first two documentaries were well worth the cost of the DVD, and the 3rd was interesting, though it left me desiring more because it did not cover healings of the Cherokee or Creek. Overall a good DVD set.
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By snuffy on April 10, 2011
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Trail of Tears-A Native American Documentary Collection was great watching and very educational. The only problem was that I also ordered, Trail of Tears, Cherokee Legacy only to find out this same tape is included in the Trail of Tears-A Native American Documentary Collection. This should be stated in order to avoid returns. Thanks and good viewing.
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