American pubcaster PBS will recognize Veterans Day (Nov. 11) and Native Heritage Month this November with a slate of fall programming.
Songwriting with Soldiers, airing Oct. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, follows a collaborative of professional artists that work with vets to tell their stories of war and the return home through song.
PBS will also present two documentaries on Nov. 11, including The Warrior Tradition (9 p.m. ET/PT), which tells the story of Native Americans who served in the U.S. military; and The Interpreters (10 p.m. ET/PT), part of PBS’s ‘Independent Lens’ strand, which profiles three local interpreters who helped protect U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan but now struggle for safety in the aftermath of war.
Programs about Native Americans slated for Nov. 18 include: N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear (pictured, 9 p.m. ET/PT), part of the pubcaster’s ‘American Masters’ strand, about the life and work of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet; and the ‘Independent Lens’ film Conscious Point (10:30 p.m. ET/PT), which follows members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, farmers and fishing communities as they seek to stop over-development in Long Island’s affluent Hamptons communities.
Other titles include: The Art of Home: A Wind River Story, about Native American artists; Keep Talking, which follows four Alaska Native women fighting to save an endangered language; and Mankiller, about the legacy of Wilma Mankiller, the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief.
The pubcaster will also air: Medicine Woman, which examines historic and contemporary profiles of Native female healers; Navajo Math Circles, which follows Navajo students collaborating with mathematicians; and The People’s Protectors, about four Native American veterans who served in the Vietnam War.
In other news, feature-length documentary América will have its national broadcast debut on the PBS documentary strand ‘POV.’
The 76-minute film, directed and produced by Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside, follows three brothers that reunite to care for their 93-year-old grandmother, América.
(Photo: Scott Momaday, Gus Palmer, and drector/producer Jeffrey Palmer. Readings in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Courtesy of Younsun Palmer)