Native Media Topics
These articles provide information on specific types of media and on regional media making in the Americas.
The Native American Film + Video FestivalSeptember 2013
Focused on indigenous issues and Native American film since 1979, the NMAI's Native American Film + Video Festival has been recognized as an important showcase for the creative energy of Native filmmakers and their explorations of diverse indigenous community achievements and concerns. The museum's Film & Video Center has provided Festival organization, information services, and promotion of the field of Native American media throughout the Festival’s thirty-five years.
Native RadioAugust 2013
The success of radio as the most widely used communication medium among Native people reflects a commitment to community that stretches across distant airwaves as well as local tribal homelands. With programming as diverse as its listening audiences, radio strengthens individual cultural traditions and languages and brings diverse communities together.
Native Youth MediaJuly 2013
Native American youth are using new technologies to engage their cultural traditions and tell their own stories.
House Made of Dawn: A Closer LookDecember 2005
The film adaptation of Kiowa author N. Scott Momaday's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel House Made of Dawn represents an important moment in the history of Native American images on film. Scripted by Momaday and director Richardson Morse, House Made of Dawn (1972) stars Larry Littlebird as a young Pueblo man in crisis.
Mapping Mexican Media: Indigenous and Community Video and RadioAugust 2004
The Cinematography Education and Production Center/Media in Bolivia
Building on a long tradition of community radio, indigenous peoples in Bolivia are working together in a historic movement for self-determination in audio-visual media. The Cinematography Education and Production Center has produced more than 70 videos (including award-winning fictions) in the past five years, and is empowering grassroots efforts to use technology for the continuity of Bolivia's diverse cultures and the protection of the natural world.