40 Years, 40 Films, 40 Weeks: Way of the Warrior

This week’s featured Vision Maker Media film is “Way of the Warrior,” an exploration of the Native American tradition of military service, including the stories of Native American veterans who served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam.

The program honors the endurance and sacrifice of individuals such as Mitchell Red Cloud (Ho-Chunk), a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient; Ira Hayes (Pima), one of the flag raisers on Iwo Jima; Phil Coon (Creek), a Bataan Death March survivor; and John Yahola (Creek), a member of the red Stick Warrior society.

Their stories are examined through the prism of what it means to be “ogichidaa,” one who protects and follows the way of the warrior.


Watch “Way of the Warrior” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the next 40 weeks. You can find the complete schedule here.

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of Vision Maker Media programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media – to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information, www.visionmakermedia.org

Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

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2 thoughts on “40 Years, 40 Films, 40 Weeks: Way of the Warrior

    1. Hi Joanne,
      Thanks for your interest in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. This Vision Maker Media film (“Way of the Warrior”) and others that are being made available during the 40 Years, 40 Films, 40 Weeks project are only available online for a one week period. All of the films are available for research on location at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and WGBH in Boston. This week’s film, “Indian County Diaries: A Seat at the Drum” is now available online here: http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_508-cc0tq5s173. The 40 Years, 40 Films, 40 Weeks project will continue into August 2017, so please check back often or subscribe to our blog to receive updates regarding the other films that will be made available.

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