The Best Streaming Videos on Native American Cultures

There’s no lack of content on Native Americans online; we’ve selected a mix of documentaries, fictionalized stories, and animated shows that do a great job introducing elementary school students to this essential part of U.S. history. As with any videos (or books) for young children, it’s essential that parents participate in the learning process, especially to help explain, in age-appropriate ways, the more tragic aspects of Native American history.

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    American Experience: We Shall Remain

    From the award-winning PBS series American Experience comes “We Shall Remain,” a provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history.

    Length: Five 80-minute episodes

    Rating: TV-PG

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    A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving/The Mayflower Voyagers

    The Peanuts head to the new world, where they get help from a Native American named Squanto and celebrate the first Thanksgiving.

    Length: 24 minutes

    Rating: NR

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    The Little Hawk Show

    Join Little Hawk on his Native American journey in the tradition of his ancestors. Enjoy these entertaining stories and songs for all ages that teach how to live “In A Good Way.”

    Length: 30 minutes

    Rating: NR

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    The Song of Sacajawea

    Journey up the Missouri River and across the Rocky Mountains with the Lewis and Clark expedition—guided by an extraordinary seventeen-year-old Native American woman named Sacajawea.

    Length: 27 minutes

    Rating: Ages 6 and up

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    The Return of a Man Named Horse

    Lord John Morgan has returned to civilized life in England, but his disdain for the aristocracy inspires him to embrace the simplicity of the American West—and the Yellow Hands Sioux tribe he left behind. When Morgan reaches the tribe’s land, he discovers they’ve been decimated by ruthless, government-backed fur traders. Now, to help his friends survive, he must lead the fight to regain their land.

    Length: 125 minutes

    Rating: PG

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    Crooked Arrows

    Preparing to square off against the superior teams of an elite prep-school league, the rag-tag members of a Native American lacrosse squad gain confidence on the playing field as their coach inspires them to take pride in their cultural heritage.

    Length: 105 minutes

    Rating: PG-13

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    Native American History

    Explore the fascinating history of the Native American people. Follow their history from migration to the Americas to the development of civilizations throughout the American continent.

    Length: 26 minutes

    Rating: NR

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    The Great Native American Civilizations

    Explore the variety of civilizations in North America before European contact. Learn about the ways of life, government, economy, religion, and laws of the early Native Americans.

    Length: 19 minutes

    Rating: NR

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    Native American Influence in the U.S.

    Discover the fascinating ways in which the U.S. was profoundly affected by the native cultures that were here thousands of years before the Europeans.

    Length: 26 minutes

    Rating: NR