Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with Austin PBS

Posted on Oct 28, 2022

Explore and celebrate the heritage, culture and traditions of Native Americans throughout history and today in a series of broadcast programming and content to stream honoring Native American Heritage Month.

Wednesday, November 2

8 p.m. NOVA: Nazca Desert Mystery

Who created the Nazca lines, one of archaeology's greatest enigmas and why? Recent finds of long-hidden lines and figures etched into the Peruvian desert offer new clues to the origins and purpose behind these giant desert symbols.

Friday, November 4

8:45 p.m. Groundworks

Groundworks profiles four California Native co-creators of the Groundworks project - an immersive, year-long media collaboration that culminated with a performance on Alcatraz Island on San Francisco's first official Indigenous Peoples Day in October 2018. While weaving together these artists' stories and their contemporary ways of sharing traditional knowledge, Groundworks also explores land management issues, water rights and food-security - concerns for all Americans, especially in an age of climate change.

Sunday, November 6

3 p.m. Native America

From Caves to Cosmos: Combine ancient wisdom and modern science to answer a 15,000-year-old question: who were America's First Peoples? The answer hides in Amazonian cave paintings, Mexican burial chambers, New Mexico's Chaco Canyon and waves off California's coast.

Sunday, November 13

3 p.m. Native America

Nature to Nations: Explore the rise of great American nations. Investigate lost cities in Mexico, a temple in Peru, a potlatch ceremony in the Pacific Northwest and a tapestry of shell beads in upstate New York whose story inspired our own democracy.

Monday, November 14

10 p.m. Older Than the Crown

Older Than the Crown follows the trial of Sinixt tribal member Rick Desautel who in 2010 was charged with hunting as a non resident and without a proper permit in Canada. Rick harvested an elk on the ancestral land of the Sinixt people in Vallican British Columbia Canada. To the Sinixt, hunting on ancestral land is an aboriginal right gifted to them by Creator. A right that has legally been denied to the Sinixt people since 1956 when the Canadian government unjustly declared them extinct in Canada, despite the nearly 3,000 members existing on the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington State. Now with the Desautel Hunting Case, the Sinixt people have a chance to not only bring light to their unjust extinction by the Canadian government, but also abolish the declaration completely.

Tuesday, November 15

10 p.m. Time Has Many Voices

Time Has Many Voices is the untold story of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay area. Decimated by Spanish colonizers in the late 1700s, an Ohlone village is rediscovered through cutting edge archeology, revealing surprising details about the life ways of pre-contact ancestors. Now, modern day members of the Muwekma Ohlone are honoring their past with these findings, laying claim to their existence and paving the way for their future.

Thursday, November 17

7:02 p.m. Overhead with Evan Smith: Tommy Orange, Author

Native American novelist Tommy Orange discusses his transformation from being a poor student to receiving rave reviews on his debut novel "There There," which chronicles the lives of Native Americans living in Oakland, California.

Sunday, November 20

3 p.m. Native America

Cities of the Sky: Discover the cosmological secrets behind America's ancient cities. Scientists explore some of the world's largest pyramids and 3D-scan a lost city of monumental mounds on the Mississippi River; native elders reveal ancient powers of the sky.

Tuesday, November 22

8 p.m. American Masters - Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On

Discover the groundbreaking ascent of Indigenous artist Buffy Sainte-Marie as she rises to prominence in New York's folk music scene and blazes a path as an Oscar-winning singer-songwriter, social activist, educator and artist.

Airing throughout the month on 18.1

Sister Wolves (4 min short)

Sister Wolves is an 80's nostalgia throwback animation about the fragility of love, jealousy and consequences. The story is based on oral history from the San Poil region of the Colville Confederated Tribes.

Stream with Austin PBS Passport

Searching for Sequoyah

Searching for Sequoyah spans two countries and three Cherokee nations, leading viewers on a journey through the life and death of Sequoyah. This hour-long documentary allows viewers to learn more about Sequoyah through the written language he created for the Cherokee people, interviews with his descendants, cave writings, depictions and more.

Independent Lens - Home from School: The Children of Carlisle

Northern Arapaho tribal members travel to Pennsylvania to retrieve the stories and the remains of children who died at Carlisle Indian boarding school in the 1880s. More than a century later, will these Native American boys finally come home?

Native America

New World Rising: Discover how resistance, survival and revival are revealed through an empire of horse-mounted Comanche warriors, secret messages encoded in Aztec manuscript and a grass bridge in the Andes that spans mountains and centuries of time.