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Digital Resources for Native American Heritage Month

A curated list of e-books and streaming movies that celebrates the varied cultures, histories, and contributions of Native people.


  1. Click on the title to see the catalog record. 
  2. Scroll down the page and click on the Online Access link.
  3. Log in with your myUMBC credentials if prompted.
  4. Click play.

Streaming Movies

Black Indians: An American Story
60 min. Brings to light a forgotten part of Americans past - the cultural and racial fusion of Native and African Americans.

Circle of Stories: Native American Stories from the Four Directions
51 min. Explores the extraordinary diversity and profound contemporary relevance of Native American storytelling through eight varied stories.

Full Circle
27 min. Follows the story of a totem pole returned from a Harvard University museum to its original owners' ancestors in Southeast Alaska.

In Whose Honor?
49 min. Takes a critical look at the long-running practice of "honoring" American Indians as mascots and nicknames in sports.

Language Healers: Native Americans Revitalizing Native Languages
41 min. Tells the story of Native Americans striving to revitalize their languages, from Alaska to Oklahoma and Wisconsin to Montana.

More than a Word
70 min. Offers a fascinating look inside the growing movement to change the name of the Washington R*dskins football team.

Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience
57 min. Invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native American role models living in the U.S. Midwest.

Our Lives in Our Hands
49 min. Examines traditional Native American basket-making as a means of economic and cultural survival for Aroostook Micmac Indians of northern Maine.

Our Spirits Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School
80 min. Uncovers the dark history of U.S. Government policy and gives a voice to the countless Indian children forced through the system.

The Romance of the Vanishing Race
63 min. Includes three historic motion pictures of American Indians and their life-style in the early 1900s.

Science or Sacrilege: Native Americans, Archaeology and the Law
58 min. Examines the reasoning, results, and impact of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of the 1990s.

The Thick Dark Fog: Reclaiming Native American Identity
57 min. Profiles a 69-year-old Lakota man's journey to heal from childhood trauma and reclaim his heritage.

Urban Rez
57 min. Explores the controversial legacy and modern-day repercussions of the Urban Relocation Program (1952-1973).

Who Owns the Past?
57 min. Details the tension between anthropologists and Native Americans after a 9,000-year-old skeleton is found in Washington.

Winter in the Blood
99 min. Independent feature film of a quixotic, modern-day vision quest on the hardscrabble plains of Montana.