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The stories shared in Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience are powerful, startling, despairing and inspiring. They reflect an American history fraught with the systematic destruction of a people. Yet, amidst the debris of suffering and trauma, there is resilience and a profound remembering and healing taking place today, which will also benefit the next Seven Generations.This exciting and compelling one hour documentary DVD invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native American role models living in the U.S. Midwest.
Sol Worth, John Adair and Richard Chalfen traveled to Pine Springs, Arizona in the summer of 1966, where they taught a group of Navajo students to use cameras in the production of documentary films. Their students were Mike Anderson, Al Clah, Susie Benally, Johnny Nelson, Mary Jane Tsosie and Maxine Tsosie and later Susie Benally's mother, Alta Kahn. This film series is known as the Navajo Film Themselves, sometimes mistakenly called Through Navajo Eyes, which is the title of the book that Worth and Adair later wrote.
Indian Relay follows three teams from different tribes as they prepare for and compete in a grueling Indian Relay season -- all hearts set on the glory and honor of winning an Indian Relay National Championship.
A mix of daring and exquisite horsemanship, Indian Relay is a sport widely enjoyed and practiced by men and women from tribal nations across the Rocky Mountain West. Each race begins with up to eight Native athletes riding a horse bareback around a track at full gallop. After one lap -- barely slowing down -- the riders leap from their speeding horses to a second set of horses. Each team's "mugger" must then catch the first horse or the team is disqualified, creating an often chaotic scene in front of the grandstands. Another top-speed lap, another daring horse change, and the teams race for the finish line, at speeds topping 40-miles-an-hour.