Health of Native People of North America: An Annotated Mediagraphy, Part
by Sharon A. Gray MLS, AHIP
The Journal of Academic Media Librarianship, v6 #1 , Spring 1998
The previous compilation of videos relating to health of Native people
of North America that was published in this journal in 1993
(http://wings.buffalo.edu/publications/mcjrnl/v1n2/gray.html) has generated
a great deal of interest. The site was accessed an average of 550 times
per month during 1997. This update primarily covers the period from 1993
to 1997, but older sources that were not included in the previously published
mediagraphy are included. Resources were identified by searching bibliographic
databases, web-sites, online catalogs, and by contacting organizations.
Annotations are provided for those videos for which information was available
from producers or bibliographic utilities. Series numbers are provided
when available. There is a directory of contact information for most of
the producers/distributors at the end of this article to facilitate acquisition
or borrowing of these materials. Other relevant information can be found
in this author's Health of Native People of North
America: A Bibliography and Guide to Resources (Scarecrow Press,
1996, 400 p.)
AIDS. 1996. South Dakota Public Television. 60 min. VHS. BNJ
AIDS Special. 1996. South Dakota Public Television. 30 min. VHS.
Another to Conquer. 1941. National Tuberculosis Association.
22 min. 16mm. sd., b&w.
This dramatization shows the effects of tuberculosis among the Navajo
and ways that they were being encouraged to accept contemporary treatments.
A Balance of Cultures. 1995. Gryphon Productions, Ltd. 26 min.VHS.
Designed to improve understanding between non-Native health care providers
and Native people, the differences between western medicine and traditional
Native healing practices are examined.
The Birthday Gift: A Woman's Path to Health. 1994. Southcentral
Foundation of Alaska. 13 min. VHS.
Women celebrating a young Alaska Native's birthday discuss the importance
of the annual Pap smear.
Breakthrough: The Changing Face of Science in America. 1996.
Blackside, Inc 3 VHS. 114 min. each. PBS Video.
There are biographical profiles of black, Hispanic, and Native American
scientists and engineers.
Breastfeeding Videorecording: The Best Start to a Good Life.
1992. 14 min. University of Arizona, Arizona Health Sciences Center, Biomedical
The traditional Navajo perspective and the medical perspective on breastfeeding
Call of the Drum. 1985. Addiction Research Foundation. VHS.
The effect of positive role models and responsible resource persons
at the Nippissing Band reserve are featured.
A Canoe for the Making. 1995. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
25 min. National Museum of the American Indian.VHS.
A young man faces his alcoholism with the help of an elder.
A Caravan for Youth. 1984. Addiction Research Foundation. 25
min. VHS. #2079.
Facilitators describe how they initiated youth programs for the prevention
of substance abuse on reserves in Ontario and Saskatchewan.
CDH: Congenital Dislocation of the Hip in Saskatchewan Indians: Its
Natural History and Etiology. 1969. 25 min. University of Saskatchewan.
General information about CDH, the relationship between swaddling infants
and CDH are discussed. The proper use of a back sling and positioning of
the infant's legs are demonstrated.
CINE: Centre for Nutrition and the Environment of Indigenous Peoples.
1994. Quebec Centre for Nutrition and the Environment of Indigenous Peoples,
McGill University. 15 min. VHS.
The Circle Moving. 1986. Addiction Research Foundation.
30 min. VHS.
Canadian Native community leaders and individuals are interviewed about
their perspectives on substance abuse in their communities.
Circle of Life. 1994. American Cancer Society. 13 min. VHS.
While preparing for a feast, American Indian women discuss breast self-examination
Clean and Sober: PSA's. 1994. Louise Lilliefeldt. 3 min. VHS.
Native women in recovery are featured in two public service announcement
Commercial Tobacco and American Indian Youth. 1995. New Mexico
Department of Health. 40 min. VHS.
Designed in four modules to facilitate discussion, the videotape is
hosted by Rodney Grant and is a project of the American Stop Smoking Intervention
Study (ASSIST), the New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico
Division of the American Cancer Society. Its purpose is to provide information
about tobacco and motivate local action for tobacco control.
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Vocational Rehabilitation
Project. 1992. Salish Kootenai College. 141 min. 5 VHS.
The videos are entitled: Doctors Look at Traditional and Western
Medicine, Traditional and Western Medicine, Tribal Rehabilitation
Success Stories, WORC Center and CRC, and Vocational Rehabilitation
Process, a Tribal Perspective.
Continuing the Path: Follow-up Care to a Pap Test. 1994. Minnesota
Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program. 12 min. VHS.
The video encourages Native American women to return for follow-up
care after being notified of an abnormal Pap test result.
Counseling the Native American Indian Client. 1995. California
State University, Learning Technology Center. 83 min. VHS.
Cultural issues that may affect counseling sessions with Native Americans
and strategies for interacting with Native American clients are discussed.
A counseling session and interviews with professionals are included.
David with F.A.S. 1996. Films for the Humanities and Sciences.
45 min. VHS.
A victim of fetal alcohol syndrome and his family show the personal
effects of living with the condition.
Denial, Healing and Hope. 1994. Addiction Research Foundation.
59 min. VHS.
The video is a documentary of a youth forum held because of a series
of suicides. The high suicide rate, solvent abuse, and lack of recreational
facilities in the remote Ontario communities of Attawapiskat, Constance
Lake, and Wapeketa are discussed. Increased access to counseling, the development
of personal spiritual lives, and respect for one's self and others are
Ethnic Sensitive Practice with Nonvoluntary Native American Client.
1994. University of Minnesota, University Media Resources. 60 min. VHS.
A social worker interviews a Native American client.
Family Secrets. 1986. Addiction Research Foundation. 25 min.
The effect of alcoholism on families is depicted in this video, which
takes place on the Kanawake Reserve.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Preventable Birth Defect. 1985. Addiction
Reserach Foundation. 13 min. VHS.
Mary Atkins (Mohawk) tells the story of her marriage to an abusive
husband, her alcoholism, and its effects on her children. Information on
FAS is provided.
The 5th Estate: An Avoidable Tragedy. 1993. Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation. 23 min. VHS.
Fetal alcohol syndrome among Native Americans is discussed.
First Nations Freedom: A Curriculum of Choice. 1992. Addiction
Research Foundation. 6 VHS. 9 binders, booklets.
The elementary school curriculum stresses community involvement in
substance abuse prevention. Information about addictions is presented while
reinforcing positive self-image and healthy lifestyles.
Future of Health Care. 1996. South Dakota Public Television.
60 min. VHS. BNJ #415.
The Gene Hunters. 1995. Films for the Humanities and Sciences.
52 min. VHS.
The video details the work of scientists to collect DNA from Native
peoples. It poses fundamental questions about human origins and migration,
Native rights, medical ethics, and profit.
The Gift of Health: A Woman's Path to Wellness: The Three Steps to
Breast Health. 1995. Southcentral Foundation of Alaska. 14 min. VHS.
There is information on the importance of Native women participating
in breast cancer screening. A mammogram and breast self-examination procedures
Grandma Goes to the Clinic. 1993. Oklahoma Geriatric Education
Center. 15 min. VHS.
Cultural misunderstandings between a Myskoke Creek native and medical
clinic staff member are demonstrated.
He Wo Un Poh: Recovery in Native America. 1993. Third World Newsreel.
56 min. VHS.
Native people discuss recovery from substance abuse.
Health Care. 1993. South Dakota Public Television. 60 min. VHS.
Healthy Mother, Healthy Baby. 1991. Gemini Productions. 25 min.
VHS. VC #2546.
A Saskatchewan clinic strives to improve the health of low income women
who are pregnant.
Homecoming. 1985. Addiction Research Foundation. 30 min. VHS.
In Inuit with English subtitles. A young Inuit man returns to his community
and realizes the effects that alcohol has had on his friends and family.
Indian Health. 1981. South Dakota Public Television. 60 min.
VHS. Conference Call #105.
Indian Health Care. 1987. South Dakota Public Television. 60
min. VHS. On-Line #114.
Indian Health Services. 1983. South Dakota Public Television.
60 min. VHS. Conference Call #230.
Infant Mortality. 1993. South Dakota Public Television. 60 min.
VHS. BNJ #102.
Is Modern Medicine the Solution to Aboriginal Health Problems?
1994. First Nations House of Learning. 45 min. VHS.
Journey Home. 1994. Gryphon Productions, Ltd. 38 min. VHS.
Ways in which three First Nations people with AIDS/HIV are receiving
support from their families and communities are shown.
Last Days of Okak. 1985. National Film Board of Canada. 24 min.
VHS. VC #3490.
This is the portrayal of the influenza epidemic which devastated the
Inuit community in 1919. There are original testimonies.
A Lifetime of Caring. 1996. Gryphon Productions, Ltd. 25 min.
Issues such as elder abuse and neglect facing seniors in many Native
communities are explored.
Making It Happen: American Indians and HIV/AIDS Education. 1993.
American Red Cross. 89 min. VHS.
The Medical Aspects of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. 1994.
Medical Television Services. VHS.
Dr. Ronald V. Loge and Dr. Edward W. Hook provide insights into the
medical problems and injuries encountered during the expedition, as well
as the medical expertise of Lewis and Clark.
Medicine Men and Women, I. 1971. Clearwater Publishing. Audiocassette,
Recorded in 1971; produced in 1977. There are case histories, information
on curing practices, and a description of a treatment given by a medicine
man. A woman tells about how her grandmother received her healing powers.
Medicine Men and Women, II. 1972. Clearwater Publishing. Audiocassette,
Recorded in 1971-72; produced in 1977. The recollections of a medicine
man, his career, and the application of a medicine man for a license to
practice are recorded.
The Mission School Syndrome. 1988. Northern Native Broadcasting.
59 min. VHS. VC #2892.
The role of the mission schools in the education of native children
from the 1920's to the 1980's is described along with problems that the
students faced when they returned to their villages.
Mokakit HIV/AIDS Module Implementation Video: Informing Myself, Informing
Others. 1994. Mokakit Education Research Association. VHS.
A Mother's Choice. 1996. Gryphon Productions, Ltd. 26 min. VHS.
Causes of fetal alcohol syndrome and fetal alcohol effect are examined
from the perspective of Native mothers and support groups.
My Spirit Touches Yours. 1989. Addiction Research Foundation.
21 min. VHS.
The Nechi Institute in Alberta is featured. It is a Native-run training
center for substance abuse counsellors.
Nasawin. 1993. Addiction Research Foundation. 20 min. VHS.
History and prevalence of tobacco and smoking in the community of the
Kettle & Stoney Point Reserve are discussed.
Native American Breast Cancer Survivors: Stories of our Diagnosis.
1995. Rick Clark. 22 min. VHS.
Native American women discuss their reactions to learning of their
diagnosis of breast cancer. They discuss the importance of early diagnosis,
family support, and focussing on living beyond a cancer diagnosis.
Native American Medicine. 1995. Media Methods. 60 min. VHS.
Healing rites involving spiritual healing, primal healing and the use
of wild plants are demonstrated.
A New Dawn. 1983. Addiction Research Foundation. 15 min. VHS.
The Native Women's Conference of Canada features speakers explaining
the effects of alcohol and drug abuse on families and communities. A combination
of modern and traditional healing methods is advocated.
O'Chiese: On the Road to Recovery.. 1988. Addiction Research
Foundation. 25 min. VHS. #2148.
Chief Theresa Strawberry of the O'Chiese Community in Alberta returned
to her community after attending the Poundmaker's Lodge for treatment for
alcoholism. The entire community became involved in recognizing and addressing
its problem of alcoholism.
The Only Gift. 1985. Addiction Research Foundation. 30 min. VHS.
The video shows that Native women can influence substance abuse problems
in their communities and can aid in prevention with their children.
Out of the Fog. 1995. Louise Lilliefeldt. 14 min. VHS.
In English and Mohawk. The wisdom of an elder gives strength to a Native
man in crisis.
The Pap Test and Cervical Cancer Videorecording. 1994. National
Cancer Institute. 14 min. VHS. NIH Publication; no. 94-3737.
The purpose of this program is to teach Native American women about
the Pap test and cervical cancer. It was produced by the Nebraska Department
of Health in cooperation with the National Cancer Institute.
Positive for Life: Native Canadians Living with HIV and AIDS.
1996. Films for the Humanities & Sciences. 25 min. VHS.
People who are HIV-positive discuss the physical and emotional aspects
of the disease, coping with the diagnosis of a loved one, and the reaction
of community and friends. Problems unique to the Native community are examined.
Poundmaker's Lodge: A Healing Place/La Maison Poundmaker: La Voie
de la Guerison.1987. National Film Board of Canada. 29 min. VHS.
The video presents a history of addiction in Native people, experiences
of family members of addicted people, and personal testimonials. Poundmaker's
Lodge is a substance abuse treatment center for Native people.
The Red Road to Sobriety. 1995. Four Worlds International Institute
for Human and Community Development. 90 min. VHS.
Indigenous health practitioners and traditional elders and healers
discuss the importance of tribal values and spiritual awareness in the
recovery process. Effective approaches in treatment are described.
The Red Road to Sobriety: A Documentary. 1995. Kifaru Productions.
90 min. VHS.
Historical aspects of alcohol problems and Native Americans are related.
Recovery through traditional spiritual traditions combined with modern
medical approaches is advocated.
The Red Road to Sobriety: Video Talking Circle. 1995. Four Worlds
International Institute for Human and Community Development. 120 min. VHS.
Indigenous therapists and healers are featured in eight 15-minute segments.
Topics include Introduction to the Talking Circle, Wisdom of
the Elders, Women of the Circle, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome,
Healing the Youth, Men of the Circle, Native
Ways of Treatment, and The Red Road Approach.
Sniffing Stinks. 1991. Addiction Research Foundation. VHS. #1068.
Native youth discuss inhalant abuse and peer pressure. Physiological
effects of inhalant abuse are presented.
Solvent Abuse: A Matter of Life and Death. 1986. Addiction Research
Foundation. 25 min. VHS. #2072.
In Inuktitut with English subtitles. Abusers and parents of children
in the far north who died from solvent abuse are interviewed about solvent
Spirit of the Forest. Addiction Research Foundation. VHS. #2117.
In English and Ojibwa. Animal puppets relay information for children
about the hazards of sniffing solvents.
Standing Strong Against the Cancer Enemy. Old Man Coyote Productions.
30 min. VHS.
Tribal elders use storytelling techniques to discuss cancer with children.
Stories of Our Sisters. VHS. Southcentral Foundation of Alaska.
Alaska Native women discuss their experiences with cancer and how it
affects the entire family.
Summer in the Life of Louisa. 1985. Addiction Research Foundation.
26 min. VHS. #2096.
Louisa's experiences as a battered woman are relayed. Her husband eventually
seeks the help of an elder.
Ti Ekiye: Finding the Way Home, Mental Illness in Indian Country.
1994. South Dakota Public Television. 53 min. VHS.
Native Americans in South Dakota discuss aspects of mental illness
including history, personal experiences, treatment, and the need for culturally
Tikinagan. 1991. National Film Board of Canada. 59 min. First
Run/Icarus. VHS. VC #0502.
Methods used at Tikinagan, a Canadian native child-care agency in Sioux
Lookout, Ontario, are described.
Understanding Cultural Diversity: The Challenge of Providing Health
Care Services to American Indians. 1994. Arizona Board of Regents.
96 min. VHS.
The challenges identified in this video are: motivating patients to
go to health care providers for diagnosis, to accept treatment, and to
continue treatment outside of the clinic.
Understanding the Indian Child Welfare Act. 1995. Spaulding for
Children. 17 min. VHS.
The provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act are presented. Its importance
in improving child welfare services for Native Americans is discussed.
Up Your Nose. 1985. Addiction Research Foundation. 10 min. VHS.
The program depicts Native teenagers who use solvents and are involved
in a car accident.
Uranium. 1990. National Film Board of Canada. 48 min. VHS.
Narrated by Buffy Sainte-Marie, the video examines the history and
practice of uranium mining in Canada. It focusses on the environmental
impact, health risks, and violations of Native people's rights.
Warrior's Song: Native American Approach to Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD). 1997. Heaven Fire Productions, Inc. 40 min. VHS.
What's Wrong With My Child? 1990. Addiction Research Foundation.
24 min. VHS.
The effects of fetal alcohol syndrome are discussed. Michael Dorris
is among the people interviewed.
When Your Baby Cries. 1993. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences
Center, Oklahoma Emergency Medical Services for Children Project. 11 min.
Information on what to do when a baby cries, what can result from shaking
a child, and the importance of recognizing frustration and getting help
Where We've Been...Where We're Going. Four Worlds International
Institute for Human and Community Development. 50 min. VHS.
Native people describe their experience with substance abuse and the
process they went through to heal and connect with their indigenous roots.
Wigwams and Flophouses. 1990. Addiction Research Foundation.
27 min. VHS.
Anishnabi Health produced this video which discusses problems Native
people can experience when they relocate to an urban area, including homelessness
and health problems.
Women's Health Watch. 1994. South Dakota Public Television. 2
VHS. 60 min. each. BNJ #304 and #305.
LIST OF PRODUCERS/DISTRIBUTORS
Addiction Research Foundation
33 Russell St.
Toronto, ON M5S 2S1
(416) 595-5017 (fax)
American Cancer Society
Heartland Division, Inc.
4323 NW 63rd, Suite 110
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
American Red Cross
8111 Gatehouse Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
Arizona Board of Regents
2020 N. Central, Suite 230
Phoenix, AZ 85004-4593
California State University
Learning Technology Center
Fullerton, CA 92634
(714) 773-2649 (fax)
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
1400 Rene LeVesque Blvd. E.
Montreal, QB H2L 2M2
18348 West 58th Place, #58
Golden, CO 80403
Films for the Humanities & Sciences
P.O. Box 2053
Princeton, NJ 08543-2053
(609) 275-3767 (fax)
First Run/Icarus Films, Inc.
153 Waverly Place, 6th floor
New York, NY 10014
(800) 876-1710 (212) 727-1711
(212) 989-7649 (fax)
Four Worlds International Institute for Human and Community Development/Four
1224 Lakemount Boulevard South
Lethbridge, AB T1K 3K1
(403) 329-8383 (fax)
Gryphon Productions, Ltd.
P.O. Box 93009, 5331 Headland Dr.
West Vancouver, BC V7W 3C0
(604) 921-7626 (fax)
23852 Pacific Coast Highway Suite 766
Malibu, CA 90265
(800) 400-8433 (310) 457-1617
(310) 457-2688 (fax)
401 Richmond St. West, Suite 452
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
845 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QB H3A 2T5
(514) 398-3594 (fax)
Mokakit Education Research Association
University of British Columbia
1985 West Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
(604) 822-8944 (fax)
National Cancer Institute
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892
National Film Board of Canada
P.O. Box 6100, Sta. A
Montreal, QB H3C 3H5
(514) 283-7564 (fax)
National Film Board of Canada
350 Fifth Ave., Ste. 4820
New York, NY 10118
(212) 629-8502 (fax)
National Tuberculosis Association, now American Lung Association
New York, NY 10019-4374
(212) 265-5642 (fax)
New Mexico Department of Health
1190 St. Francis
P.O. Box 26110
Santa Fe, NM 87502-6110
(505) 827-2329 (fax)
Northern Native Broadcasting
Birch Hills, SK S0J 0G0
Oklahoma Geriatric Education Center
P.O. Box 21901, VAMC (11G)
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
1320 Braddock Place
Alexandria, VA 22314-1698
(800) 344-3337 (703) 739-5014
(703) 739-5269 (fax)
Salish Kootenai College
P.O. Box 117, Highway 93
Pablo, MT 59855
South Dakota Public Television
P.O. Box 5000
Cherry & Dakota Streets
Vermillion, SD 57069-5000
(605) 677-5010 (fax)
Southcentral Foundation of Alaska
H5678 W. Fireweed Lane
Anchorage, AK 99503-2573
(907) 265-5925 (fax)
Spaulding for Children
16250 Northland Dr.
Southfield, MI 48075-5205
Third World Newsreel
335 W. 38th St., 5th floor
New York, NY 10018
(212) 594-6417 (fax)
University of Arizona Health Sciences Center
Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 626-4884 (fax)
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
(604) 822-5785 (fax)
University of Minnesota
University Media Resources
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(604) 624-6369 (fax)
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma Emergency Medical Services for Children Project
CHO Room 1B167
P.O. Box 26901
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
University of Saskatchewan
105 Administration Place
Saskatoon, SK S1N 5A2
(306) 966-6730 (fax)
Sharon A. Gray is Head, Reference and Education Services, Health Sciences Library,
State University of New York at Buffalo.
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