10 Fascinating Documentaries About Native Americans You Can Watch Right Now

Indian Country Today

These Native documentaries cover topics from art, culture and history.

Information is power, and communicating it is vital. Stories left unrecorded can be rewritten, or worse, can simply vanish. Many thoughtful and often courageous documentary filmmakers have taken it upon themselves to tell Native American stories, sometimes with little, if any, encouragement or fanfare. Native Americans’ stories — the truth about Native people, who they are, what they’ve seen, and what they’ve survived — make for some of the most compelling documentaries you’re likely to see, and thanks to the democratizing force of the Internet you actualy can see them from the comfort of your own desktop browser.

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Here is a varied collection of great documentaries and films on a number of topics, encompassing art, culture and history. (A note to filmmakers: We believe that these films are presented in accordance with copyright laws. If your work is shown here against your wishes, please notify us at editor@ictmn.com and we’ll remove it immediately.)

Totem Culture (2012)

Directed by Jeremy Hung

Dakota 38 (2012)

Directed by Silas Hagerty


Wacipi Powwow (1995)

Directed by Barbara Wiener


Trudell (2005)

Directed by Heather Rae


American Red and Black: Stories of Afro-Native Identity (2006)

Directed by Alicia Woods


Allan Houser: Apache Legacy (2014)


Russell Means: Welcome to the Reservation (2011)

Directed by Alex Jones


Indian Warriors: The Untold Story of the Civil War (2006)

Mindworks Media Group for The History Channel


Code of Honor: Comanche Code Talkers of World War II (2013)

A film by the Comanche National Museum


Montana Mosaic: Indian Boarding Schools (2006)

Directed by Gita Saedi Kiely


This story originally published April 10, 2015.