Native films and documentaries for the 2018-2019 television season

A list of upcoming Native documentaries and docu-series for the 2018-2019 viewing season

Public TV and the web have a plethora of great shows coming up for the 2018-2019 season you want to keep your eye out for.

Here is a list below including trailers and website information:



A 13-part series on Indigenous tattooing traditions.

Presented by Vision Maker Media and the Producer/co-director is Jason Brennan.


Trail of Tears

A one-hour documentary regarding new evidence of the forced relocation of Native tribes. Presented by Nine Network of St. Louis. EP: Monty Dobson.




Documentary on Independent Lens regarding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Maine and forced adoptions of Native American children.

EP: Heather Rae, Cherokee. Producers: Adam Mazo, Ben Pender-Cudlip.


Tending Nature

Four 30-minute episodes as a spinoff of Tending the Wild, its one-hour broadcast special and webisode series provided by KCET.

Distribution plans TBD. EP: Juan Devis.


Moroni for President

Documentary debuting on the World Channel’s America ReFramed, according to the website description, "After a heated primary election for the presidency of the Navajo Nation, identity and LGBTQ rights become central to the tribe's future."

Producer/director: Billy Luther, Navajo/Hopi/Laguna Pueblo.


Unspoken: America’s Native Boarding Schools

Documentary examining the federal government’s assimilation of Native American children and the Indian Boarding School program.

Producer/director: John Howe.


Fall 2018

Warrior Women

A documentary on women activists who fought for civil rights in the 1970s. It features Madonna Thunder Hawk, a Lakota leader in the American Indian Movement.

Director/producer: Christina King, Creek/Seminole/Sac & Fox.

Director/producer: Elizabeth Castle.


Growing Native

A four-part series from Vision Maker Media about tribes that are reclaiming traditional knowledge and food pathways.

Producer: Charles “Boots” Kennedye, Kiowa.


Winter/Spring 2019

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

A documentary about Native American musicians in the blues, jazz and rock music genres. Independent Lens Jan. 28.

Director: Catherine Bainbridge.


The Blackfeet Flood

Documentary on the devastating flood in Montana that killed over two dozen people on the Blackeet Reservation in Montana in 1964.

Director/producer: Benjamin Shorts. Director: Torsten Kjellstrand. Consulting producer: Brook Swaney, Blackfeet/Salish, a former Sundance Institute Time Warner Fellow.


Words from a Bear: The Enigmatic Life of N. Scott Momaday

A documentary on American Masters about Pulitzer Prize–winner Navarro Scott Momaday, one of Native America’s most celebrated authors.

Producer/director: Jeffrey Palmer, Kiowa.

Supervising producer: Jhane Myers, Comanche/Blackfeet.


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