The 1960s saw the start of Native student activism and the birth of the American Indian Movement. The decade also saw the beginning of the era of Self Determination. It was a pivotal time for Native Americans, all set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the violent struggle over civil rights. In the background was iconic music that included Buffy Sainte Marie and Link Wray, and a new type of film known as Revisionist Westerns that attempted to show–with varying degrees of success–Native characters in a positive light. In the first in our series“Through the Decades,” we remember the politics, significant events, and pop culture that influenced Native America.
In the first episode in our new series “Through the Decades”, Shawn Spruce remembers the politics, significant events, and pop culture that helped shape Native America with Donovin Sprague (Cheyenne River) , author, historian, and professor of history at Sheridan College; retired actress Dawn Little Sky (Standing Rock and Cheyenne River); Dr. Jonathan Tomhave (MHA Nation), writer, producer, educator, and film historian; America Meredith (Cherokee Nation), publishing editor of First American Art Magazine, art writer, visual artist, and independent curator; and Deanna Aquiar (Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo), director of programs and development for the National Indian Youth Council.
Euphony (song) Nitanis “Kit” Largo (artist) Serenity (album)
Yuve Yuve Yu (song) The Hu (artist) Yuve Yuve Yu (Single)