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|KQED Public Broadcasting Dons Full Regalia For American Indian Heritage Month|
More Than 30 Television and Radio Programs to Air
Local Heroes to be Honored at Nov. 12 Celebration
Comprehensive Resource Guide Available in Print and on KQED.org
San Francisco, California, October 24, 2002 -- Kicking off November 1, 2002, KQED Public Broadcasting will celebrate the Bay Area community with a month devoted to Native American heritage and honoring those of its ancestry. The festivities will include television and radio programs that focus on American Indian themes and issues, a community-wide event to honor local heroes in the community and a resource guide that provides useful information on American Indian Heritage Month events happening throughout the Bay Area.
KQED Public Broadcasting is pleased to showcase an unprecedented number of programs highlighting Native American experiences, stories and heritage -- including 13 television premieres and six works by local filmmakers.
Particularly noteworthy broadcasts include:
Alcatraz Is Not an Island, a national KQED co-presentation, premieres a local filmmaker's documentary on the 19-month-long occupation of Alcatraz Island, which reclaimed "Indian land" in 1969 for the first time in nearly a hundred years. Today, the occupation is regarded as a seminal event in the struggle for Native American land, treaty and civil rights. Airs Tuesday, November 5 at 9 P.M. and repeats Saturday, November 9 at 6 p.m. on KQED Public Television 9.
Skinwalkers, An American Mystery! Special premieres on KQED and features the inspired team of Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police tracking perpetrators across the high desert of the American Southwest. Leaphorn (Wes Studi) is the seasoned older cop, assimilated to the urban ways of Phoenix, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Chee (Adam Beach) is the unconventional upstart, an FBI Academy grad with a sieline as a traditional Navajo healer. Executive produced by Robert Redford. Airs Sunday November 24 at 9 p.m. on KQED Public Television.
Waasa Inaabidaa: We Look in All Directions is a six-part series premiering on KQED that reveals the story of how the Ojibwe survived and prospered in the Great Lakes woodlands in a balanced relationship with the earth prior to contact with Europeans. Each episode will explore a different theme in Ojibwe life and culture, such as human relationships, leadership and power, economic systems, health and medicinal practices, family structure, and lastly, language and oral tradition. Airing Sundays, November 10, 17 and 24 at noon on KQED Public Television 9.
One of the highlights of the month-long celebration is the American Indian Heritage Month event, to be held November 12 at the KQED Broadcasting Center, where seven distinguished community leaders will be honored for their extraordinary work. The evening's honorees are: Virgil Cross Guns , northern traditional dancer (posthumous); Sandra George, community activist and Medi-Cal eligibility worker for the city and county of San Francisco; Ruth Hopper, academic advisor of American Indian undergraduate students, U.C. Berkeley; Nelson Jim, clinical director for the Family & Child Guidance Clinic at the Native American Health Center in San Francisco; Millie Ketcheshawno, executive producer of Alcatraz Is Not an Island (posthumous); Mark Owens, program facilitator at the Marin Abused Women's Services, Men's Program; Paul Owns the Sabre, local artist; and Patrick Orozco, chairman of the Pajaro Valley Ohlone Indian Council.
Complete program listings and descriptions for November can be found in the 2002 American Indian Heritage Month Guide, which also provides information on related Bay Area events and resources. Those interested in receiving a free copy can call (415) 553-2860 or look online at kqed.org/topics/history/heritage/amerindian/ for a complete online guide.
KQED operates KQED Public Television 9, the nation's most-watched public television station and Digital Television 9, Northern California's only public television digital signal: KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM, the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation; the KQED Education Network, which brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and media professionals through workshops, seminars and resources; and kqed.org, which harnesses the power of the Internet to bring KQED to communities across the Web.