Film: Indian School: Stories of Survival (2011)
This program explores the educational system developed by U.S. Army Captain Richard H. Pratt, in which Native American children were removed from their tribal communities and confined to barracks-style schools. The film considers the emotional and physical abuse and the loss of culture suffered by Native American children and features interviews with survivors from the Tlingit, Chippewa, Choctaw and Lakota communities.
About the American Indian Film Series
The American Indian Film Series is presented by Appalachian State University’s Gadugi Program and the Native American Student Association.
Gadugi is a partnership between Appalachian State University and Cherokee Central Schools designed to serve Cherokee students and the Eastern Band of Cherokee community. The film series began in 2015 with a screening of The Cherokee Word for Water. Our goal for 2016 was to expand from one film to a series, and thanks to the incredible support of Belk Library and Information Commons, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance and the Office of Student Programs, we have done so.
The Gadugi program made a conscious decision that the films would highlight American Indian issues, biographies and stories from the late twentieth century until today. For too much of American society the American Indian remains as little more than a romanticized stereotype, a relic of a bygone era. The film series seeks to show the vibrant, living modern communities of Indian Country and to proudly proclaim, as did the American Indian Movement, “We Remain.”