New 4 – Part Series GROWING NATIVE

New 4 – Part Series GROWING NATIVE

Takes Viewers On Adventures Throughout Indian Country

Premieres on Ch. 5.1 – Monday, 1/7 at 9:00 pm; Repeats Sunday, 1/13 at 11:00 am

Growing NativeThrough conversations between different episode hosts and local guides, viewers get a glimpse of modern and traditional reservation life, and learn how native people pass on their experience and wisdom to others in a positive way.

GROWING NATIVE, a four-part series that takes viewers on adventures throughout Indian country,
co-hosted by New Mexico-based Chris Eyre (Cheyenne Arapaho, Director “Smoke Signals”),
premieres on Ch. 5.1 – Monday, 1/7 at 9:00 pm and repeating Sunday, 1/13 at 11:00 am.

The series highlights these shared experiences to help bridge a better understanding of native people. Viewers also learn how Native communities are working toward sustainable food sovereignty and renewable energy sources, and how they are adapting to impacts from climate change.

Explore the regions of the Pacific Northwest with the Coast Salish, Alaska with People of the North, the Great Lakes with Turtle Island, and Oklahoma with Red People. Host of the episodes are Chris Eyre (Cheyenne Arapaho), Stacy Thunder (Red Lake and Lac Coures Oreilles Ojibwe) and Moses Brings Plenty (Oglala Lakota).

EPISODE DESCRIPTIONS

#101: Growing Native – Northwest: Coast Salish

Ch. 5.1 – Monday, 1/7 at 9:00 pm & Sunday, 1/13 at 11:00 am

Venture to the Pacific Northwest to capture the stories of ongoing traditions and perseverance of its original inhabitants. For the tribes of this region, water is life. The rivers that crisscross this land were the highways for trade and fresh water grocery stores for thousands of years. Today, tribes celebrate their cultures by participating in a yearly canoe journey, an opportunity for people to gather and travel to all the places their ancestors once inhabited. From totem poles, to language preservation to traditional crafts, host Chris Eyre (Cheyenne Arapaho) discovers the wilds of the North.

#102: Growing Native – Alaska: People of the North

Ch. 5.1 – Monday, 1/14 at 9:00 pm & Sunday, 1/20 at 11:00 am

All across Alaska, Native cultures have depended on the abundant natural resources found there to support their families, cultures and ways of life. Now, however, those resources are growing scarce, and the people who have relied on them for centuries have to find new ways to adapt. Growing Native visits some of the many communities engaged in this familiar struggle – the struggle to maintain their traditions and ways of life, while continuing to thrive in a constantly changing world. Host Chris Eyre (Cheyenne Arapaho) meets Alaska Natives who thrive and survive in this complex environment.

#103: Growing Native – Great Lakes: Turtle Island

Ch. 5.1 – Monday, 1/21 at 9:30 pm and Sunday, 1/27 at 11:00 am

Over the Centuries, the Great Lakes have been home to hundreds tribes and a source of fresh water, food, and health. Indigenous creation stories describe the world came into being on a back of a turtle shell, and today they know the earth as Turtle Island. Growing Native host Stacey Thunder (Red Lake and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe) guides this journey by engaging tribal voices while touring Indian country with those who still devote their lives to care for the land.

#104: Growing Native – Oklahoma: Red People

Ch. 5.1 – Monday, 1/28 at 10:00 pm

Oklahoma is home to thirty-nine federally recognized tribes. Nowhere in North America will you find such diversity among Native Peoples, and nowhere will you find a more tragic history. Host Moses Brings Plenty (Oglala Lakota) guides this episode of Growing Native, on a journey to Oklahoma’s past and present. What he discovers among the many faces of Oklahoma culture is the determination, values and respect that tribes have brought to this land, once called Indian Territory.

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