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Director - Chip Richie
Executive Producer - Steven R. Heape
Writer - Daniel Blake Smith
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I am a member of the Notoweega Nation, a multi-tribal nation, and a Notoweega Pow Wow was held June 5, 2004 on the farm property belonging to D.C. Goings in Paulding County, Ohio. It has passed to his Goings descendents. We are attempting to recover as much of our Native American culture as is possible.
While I am not a historian, with the time and resources to research and verify all that is covered in this documentary film, I know that it is the historical experience of many Black people in the United States. Growing up on the same Hollywood image of Indians(i.e.,only Plains Indians living in tepees and hunting buffalo) as everyone else, the truths about the many Eastern Woodland Peoples and their subsequent mixing with Blacks and Whites before their eventual removal has been deliberately obscured from the mainstream history books. We're still here in spite of Pencil Genocide.
I also wished they would have focused on Southeastern US Indians. For instance, Virginia; North & South Carolina,Georgia, etc. Our roots are very deep in this region of the U.S.
I too have a blended "American" identity. I consider myself a Black Indian. In today's society, I've learned that "we" are forced to choose by Black America, Native America and White America. I refuse to choose.
Now, I know that I have "extended family" (members of Black America and Native America) who will get upset if I choose Black over my Native American Heritage and vice versa. It's sad that "we" have to choose and are not accepted as Black Indians.
Overall, I do highly recommend this DVD for those who truely care about TRUE "U.S. History" and those who want to find out more regarding their blended heritage.
What I felt was missing from the video is the heart & spirituallity of the Indigenous people of the Mother land of Africa and Turtle Island, and that is the Drum.I think the opening of the documentary would have been much more powerful and spiritual in the introduction of our ancestors.Indeed, The drums ARE the voice of our ancestors.
Also missing was the honoring & celebration of our heritage. In true life, In our daily living ,You will find us giving thanks to the creator and remembering our ancestors and their teachings and celebrating the blessings of sacred Mother Earth .
I would have liked to see emphasis of our people at the powwows,not only dancing and participating in the ceremonies but making and selling their crafts.
I would have liked to see our children from infants on up being brought up the Indian way and learning their culture,customs,language and traditions.
Had all these things had been in the vidoe ,I would have rated it 5 stars, But it is an important start and I value it highly as a teaching tool which is why I give it 4 stars. I think the RICH HEAPE productions are to be commended for this refreshing and educational video on BLACK INDIANS.
I am African American/Montaukett/Brothertown/Narragansett
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did not expect a DVDs version but a actually book in which I could have actively engaged by underlining, making notes or highlighting.Published 16 months ago by Theophlise
I am always interested in the histories of both people as i am part negro on my Fathers side and Blackfoot on my Mothers side and it will be added to my collection for my Grandkids... Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by mel
This is filled with so much information that I hadn't expected. I recommend this to anyone who loves history. We didn't cover this in our history class.Published on June 18, 2013 by prisonsister
I wanted more detail in this documentary. I thought I had found a treasure when I bought it for $12.00 less than it listed from its original source. Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by philo46
This video shows the truth about the mixture between the African Americans and the Indians that all children should be taught in school.Published on April 10, 2013 by vdeotec
I was looking for a more historical movie this seemed a little lacking in that line. I didn't learn a whole lot about the Black Indians like I thought I would.Published on January 26, 2013 by J. Kidd