Native America Season 2 Premieres October 24
Native American people have made significant historical impacts with traditional Indigenous knowledge and a heritage that transcends into communities today and influences native innovators across the world. Native America returns to PBS this month with a groundbreaking portrait of contemporary Native America. Season 2 of the series premieres with four new episodes airing Tuesdays, October 24 thru November 14, at 9pm on CET, ThinkTV16, the station livestreams and the PBS App
The native-directed series smashes stereotypes and reveals the beauty and power of today’s Indigenous communities. Each hour-long episode follows present-day stories of engineers, bold politicians and cutting-edge artists who draw upon Native traditions in their work. These featured individuals connect deeply held traditions with modern innovation to build a better 21st century.
Produced by Providence Pictures, this season of Native America was created with active input from Native American participants and filmed by emmy-award winning cinematographers. Joy Harjo of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, the internationally-renowned poet, performer and writer who served three terms as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, narrates the series. These collaborations form an intimate and authentic interpretation of native life.
“Native America is built on trust — trust that comes from the unspoken understanding of shared experiences between Native producers and the people in tribal communities whose stories we are telling,” Dan Golding, series producer and enrolled member of the Quechan Indian Nation, said in a press release. “What follows is the freedom to express ourselves in a way that is truly representative. As a Passamaquoddy Elder says in the series, ‘Language is who I am.’ As a producer/director on this series, I can say Native America is who we are!”
Native America will also be available on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video app. In addition to this series, PBS Digital Studios will stream a digital companion web series exploring more Native American cultures and histories. You can find PBS Digital Studios on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/pbsdigitalstudios. More information about the air dates and episodes can be found below:
Episode 1: “New Worlds”
Tuesday, October 24, at 9pm
Explore how native innovators are leading a revolution in space exploration, architecture and music across the globe, even expanding into space.
Episode 2: “Warrior Spirit”
Tuesday, October 31, at 9pm
Witness warrior traditions of Native America through incredible athletes as they carry on their legacy through combat, games and glory.
Episode 3: “Women Rule”
Tuesday, November 7, at 9pm
Meet female trailblazers in the arts, politics and activism and learn how they lead the way in improving their communities, their lands and the world.
Episode 4: “Language Is Life”
Tuesday, November 14, at 9pm
Learn about language as a core element of the culture and how native people work to recover, revitalize and restore their linguistic traditions.
You can watch a preview of season two of Native America online at https://video.thinktv.org/video/extended-trailer-8wvnnz/.
You can also stream the first season online with Passport, a member benefit that offers extended access to our programs on the PBS App, at https://watch.cetconnect.org/show/native-america/.