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Black Indians: An American Story

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Black Indians: An American Story brings to light a forgotten part of America's past- the cultural and racial fusion of Native and African Americans. Narrated by James Earl Jones, produced and directed by the award-winning Native American production company Rich-Heape Films, this presentation explores what brought the two groups together, what drove them apart and the challenges they face today.

Director - Chip Richie
Executive Producer - Steven R. Heape
Writer - Daniel Blake Smith

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Product Details

  • Directors: Chip Richie
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Rich-Heape Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000ZH0SU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,036 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The history of my own ancestors is reflected in this documentary. I descend from a mixed people, often called Melungeons, or Tri-racials: Indian,Black,& White bloodlines. My great great grandfather, D.C. Goings, was Wappoo/Wapoo Indian, a Cusabo People from South Carolina. He is mentioned in a book by Lawrence and Ruth Hipp about the history of Grover Hill,located in Paulding County, Ohio.

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.
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I purchased this DVD and I have to say that I watched it 10 Times!!!! :-) I am so happy that my elders are starting to speak up and out so those who are "lost" or brainwashed will start to wake up and question what we call "U.S. History." Personally, TRUE U.S. History consists of those who made this country what it is today. Native, African & European American influences.

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.
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I have a copy of this video and found it to be excellent in the sense that this is one of two videos I have seen thus far in the past three years discussing the existance & history of Black Indians. It was great to see people of African & Native roots telling their story and the problems of racism and sterotype of Indians.
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
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Ably narrative by James Earl Jones, Black Indians: An American Story explores racial identity among Native and African Americans in an in-depth, one-hour, video documentary. Chip Richie (Director), Steven R. Heape (Executive Producer), and Daniel Blake Smith (Screenwriter), successfully collaborate to vividly bring to light a long suppressed and chronically neglected cultural heritage and racial aspect of the American population. This resulting history and presentation is compelling within a modern day context and highly rewarding viewing for students of multicultural studies, Native American Studies, Black Studies; and American history.
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I really enjoyed this documentary-style movie. I'm an African-American with Cherokee ancestory, which can especially be seen on my materal grandmothers side of the family. It really opens your eyes and makes you want to find out about where your family linage comes from. It explores the questions of how we came together, how we slit apart, and some of the difficulties we face in modern-day society. Everyone should watch this movie.
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