Native Shorts returns for Season 3! Hosts Bird Runningwater and Ariel Tweto watch Mud, a film about a woman struggling with her past and coming to terms with her present as she deals with hardship, grief, and addiction. They also watch and discuss Mobilize, an experimental film exploring the concept of transport and moving forward through images of mobility.
Nuuca is a film about the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and the Bakken oil patch, which over the last decade, has brought in non-indigenous oil workers and tripled the number of violent assaults against indigenous women.
Visions of an Island offers a glance at an island in the center of the Bering Sea. An Unangan elder describes the scenery, a group of students play games and revitalize their language, and a visitor wanders through the land.
Disclaimer: The following episode contains content that may not be suitable for a younger audience. Viewer discretion is advised. I Like Girls is an animated film featuring different girls telling their stories and experiences with love and discovering their sexual identity. My Father’s Tools illustrates the intricacies of basket weaving, showing us the initial process of chopping down a tree, to stripping and cutting wood to make a basket.
Jaaji is a short ethnographic film in nature, featuring landscapes, recordings and recollections. The film is a near translation for directly addressing a father in the Hočak language. The Violence of a Civilization Without Secrets recounts the case of the “Kennewick Man” a prehistoric man whose remains are found in Kennewick,Washington in 1996.
The Grandfather Drum is animated short film that traces the story of Naamowin’s drum, a drum with healing and restorative powers by the Anishinabek people. Through the challenges of Christianity and the government, it is unclear if the drum will stand through the test of time.
Ariel Tweto and Bird Runningwater discuss Maori director Tammy Davis's film "Ebony Society" in which two boys learn a lesson while out stealing.
Bird Runningwater and Ariel Tweto discuss two short films. "Gesture Down" - A Kumeyaay Indian man seeks to reconnect with his culture. "Tungijuq" - Animal spirits live on through sustained life cycles.
A Cree hip hop artist is disconnected from his native traditions. Short film discussion by Bird Runningwater and Ariel Tweto.
Bird Runningwater and Ariel Tweto view and discuss the inter-dimensional fantasy short film "The Cave" and the stop-motion animated short film "Choke".
Host Bird Runningwater and Ariel Tweto discuss the historical relevance of the boarding school experience within the short film Shimasani.
Ariel Tweto and Bird Runningwater discus the beautifully shot short film "The Rocket Boy" in which a young native boy misses his father.
An altercation claims more than one life as a man must make a decision that will affect a close friend and his family. Host discussion by Bird Runningwater and Ariel Tweto.
Hosts Ariel Tweto and Bird Runningwater discuss a short film in which, a pair of young men reconnect with their culture through interactions with an elder in a hospital waiting room.
On the one year anniversary of her brother's death, a young Native American girl receives an unexpected visit form an oblivious and troubled elder. Bird Running water and Ariel Tweto offer insight and a discussion.
Yearning to be a mother, a Native American woman living in an urban city is torn between having a child with her non-native boyfriend and seeking a Native father. Showcase and discussion with Bird Runningwater and Ariel Tweto.
Bird and Ariel showcase and discuss the experimental film Red Buffalo Skydive & the 2005 Oscar nominated film Two Cars One Night.