Tonight the second installment in the five part series We Shall Remain airs on PBS. "We Shall Remain" is a "provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history".

"At the heart of the project is a five-part television series that shows how Native peoples valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture -- from the Wampanoags of New England in the 1600s who used their alliance with the English to weaken rival tribes, to the bold new leaders of the 1970s who harnessed the momentum of the civil rights movement to forge a pan-Indian identity. WE SHALL REMAIN represents an unprecedented collaboration between Native and non-Native filmmakers and involves Native advisors and scholars at all levels of the project."

For those without cable TV access to this series, it will be available online after each episode airs. Episode One, After The Mayflower is currently available.

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Comment by Little Name Atheist on August 2, 2009 at 5:36pm
What I liked about the way they discussed that episode was that various Chiricahua spoke, with a variety of viewpoints. Gave me a more nuanced understanding of Geronimo.
Comment by A Former Member on July 8, 2009 at 12:02pm
Did you see the last episode about Geronimo and the Chiricahua Apache?

I saw that, and it was very good. I love PBS.
Comment by A Former Member on July 8, 2009 at 12:01pm
Hey, just saw this last night at the library, then ran across your post today. You might like: Black Indians: An American Story (2000)
Comment by Little Name Atheist on June 4, 2009 at 2:01pm
I'm sorry to hear that, and disappointed. Sounds like they could have done better than they did.
Comment by Brent Michael Davids on June 4, 2009 at 11:17am
I almost scored the music for this entire series, it was down to 2 of us in the end: a native american composer in minnesota vs. a non-native one living in Boston. we had equal abilities in the producer's eyes, but they chose the non-indian composer because of his location. WGBH is in boston, after all. so, i think, though the series is good, the working process in hiring people with actual cultural knowledge for paid production jobs, is still lacking quite a bit. my 2 cents ... !
Comment by Little Name Atheist on May 6, 2009 at 8:31am
Aren't there a lot of great links on the website?

Did you see the last episode about Geronimo and the Chiricahua Apache? I found it interesting, as it showed how the attitude towards Geronimo by non-Chiricahua changed in his lifetime, and also illustrated how the Chiricahua Apache have mixed feelings toward him.

It's not too hard to find descendants, as many of these people are living on, or associated with the reservations their ancestors were forcibly removed to. Also, many, if not most of the people working on this project are indigenous themselves.

Have you seen any of Chris Eyre's films? "Smoke Signals" is one of my favorite films. I highly recommend it.
Comment by It's just Matt on May 6, 2009 at 7:08am
We have a DVR and I've recorded 2 episodes. I somehow forgot to set it to record the series and I've missed 1, possible 2, but glad the website shows them.

I'm very glad they found descendants or members of the tribes they are speaking about.
I know the forceful settlement of Europeans was worse then what my American history books said and wanted to hear the story from the earlier settlers of this land for quite sometime.
Comment by Little Name Atheist on May 5, 2009 at 12:14pm
You're welcome Matt. How are you liking the series?
Comment by It's just Matt on April 21, 2009 at 8:42am
For a long time I wanted to know more about this essential and unfortunate part of America's past. Thanks for the post!

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