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KERA Celebrates Native American Heritage Month


This November, celebrate the history, culture, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives in a special collection of films, short stories and resources from KERA and PBS.




Across the Creek

Monday, November 7 at 11:30pm
Explore both the unbridled dreams and the painful reality of Lakota people from South Dakota. In the face of unfathomable challenges, they are taking steps to better their lives.


Medicine Woman

Wednesday, November 9 at 11pm
Meet the first Native American doctor and the courageous women following in her footsteps.


KERA On-Demand


LaDonna Harris: Indian 101

Follow the story of Comanche activist Ladonna Harris who led an extensive life of Indian political and social activism and is now passing on her traditional cultural and leadership values to a new generation of emerging Indigenous leaders.


Navajo Math Circles

Learn about the education challenges facing the Navajo Nation, and explore a new approach for improving students’ mathematical skills.


Smokin Fish

By turns tragic, bizarre or just plain ridiculous, see the story of one man’s attempts to navigate the messy collision between the modern world and an ancient culture.


We Shall Remain

A groundbreaking mini-series and provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. Five 90-minute documentaries spanning three hundred years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective.



KERA World


This November, WORLD Channel presents a slate of diverse programming that represents the past, present and future for Native Americans in the country, on and off the reservation. The over 30 provocative films, including WORLD’s series America ReFramed and Doc World, engage viewers by looking at life in-depth.



KERA/PBS Resources


midlit11_vid_splchera_l-jpg-resize-710x399The Cherokee Alphabet — Video

Learn about the story of Sequoyah, a Cherokee man who developed an alphabet for the Cherokee language in 1821, in this video segment adapted from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: “We Shall Remain.”



6db3a897-b838-4ddc-a450-625f340e1fc1_thumb_large-png-resize-710x399POV | Up Heartbreak Hill: Factors in a Successful College Experience — Lesson Plan

In this lesson from POV, students will watch video clips that provide glimpses into the lives of two high school seniors who live in New Mexico on the Navajo reservation.



Native American Civilizations — Portraitshm6688-001-jpg-resize-710x399

This mini-collection of photographs of Native Americans were individually selected from the prestigious Getty Images collections to help PBS LearningMedia teachers and students discuss Native American History. View the full collection of 150 images, all downloadable for classroom use.






More resources, videos and lesson plans can be found here.