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Black Indians: An American Story - www-richheape.com

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Published on Jun 13, 2007

This Native American produced video explores the issue of racial identity among Native and African Americans. "We were told 'if you could pass for white, that's who you'd be; if not, it was usually better to be identified as black than Indian." lack Indians have been virtually forgotten except by those who shared Native American, African American heritages. Even
today, black Indians meet skeptics who refuse to accept their ancestry. This film brings to light a forgotten part of Americans past -- the cultural and racial fusion of Native and African Americans. Narrated by James Earl Jones, "Black Indians: An American Story" explores what brought the two groups together, what drove them apart and the challenges they face today. It examines
the coalescence of these two groups in American history. Discounted, and often
ignored by mainstream America, these minority peoples have often shared a
common past. However, with their heritage ignored and their contributions
denied they are all but invisible at the dawn of the new millennium. Voted the Best Native American Film 2001.

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