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Native Stories:

View this collection of stories throughout the Pioneer PBS viewing area. Each individual story is worth a watch. If you know a good story, please let us know


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PostcardsRaine Cloud

Raine Cloud has spent most of her life studying and creating beadwork.

PostcardsKarina Kafka

Karina Kafka created a film called “A Mother’s Love" about missing indigenous women.

PostcardsIndigenous Art Collaboration

The American Swedish Institute & All My Relations Arts present an art exhibit.

PostcardsHonoring Howe: Legacy of Stories

Wicanhpi Iyotan Win (Autumn Cavender) talks about the legacy of artist Oscar Howe.

PostcardsTeresa Peterson

“Grasshopper Girl” is a children’s book that Peterson wrote from her own family stories.

PostcardsInkpa Mani

Inkpa Mani of Wheaton paints and sculpts art that reflects his heritage.

CompassIgnite Rural Artists — Priscilla Gruendemann

Priscilla Gruendemann made and gifted regalia for her Ignite Rural Artists project.

CompassIgnite Rural Artists — Beth O'Keefe

Beth O'Keefe studied & made a Dakota women's dress for her Ignite Rural Artists project

Pioneer SpecialsSAKSANICA

Award-winning filmmaker Leya Hale traces the traditions underlying the dress-making.

This program was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

PostcardsFern Cloud

Fern Cloud is a Native American designer and Dakota hide painter.

CompassDakota Community Artists-in-Residence: Fern Cloud / Akipawin

Fern Cloud / Akipawin reflects through art on how COVID-19 has impacted her communities.

CompassDakota Place Names | Fire Fly Creek

An occasional series of short videos exploring the meaning behind Dakota Place Names.

CompassDakota Community Artists-in-Residence: Talon Cavender-Wilson

Talon Cavender-Wilson on the resonance of sound and COVID-19.

pioneerpbsPezihutazizi and Cansa’yapi Star Quilts

"Quilting is something that we need to keep alive because there are quilters in both of the communities and bringing us together through it is a great way to share experiences, history and knowledge."

pioneerpbsPostcards: Walter "Super" LaBatte

Walter ”Super” Labatte Jr. of the Pejuhutazizi Kapi (the place where they dig for yellow medicine) has become known in native circles for his traditional process of tanning deer hides, making beaded moccasins, drums and his pasdayapi (corn soup). Postcards tells the story of how he overcame alcohol addiction and found purpose in life through learning and mastering traditional Dakota crafts.

PostcardsMaya Bdeg'a (Pelican Hill)

Walter “Super” LaBatte Jr. narrates a family story of the naming of Maya Bdeg'a.

*Upper Midwest Emmy

PostcardsTalon Wilson

Talon Wilson shares the story of how he has ended up learning folk arts in Sweden.

pioneerpbsDakota Day at ECHO Charter School | Dawn Chase: Beadwork

Dawn Schommer Chase brought in her latest beadwork to show students at ECHO Charter School for Dakota Day. Take a peek at what we got to see.

pioneerpbsDakota Day at ECHO Charter School | Tim Blue: Pipestone

We visited ECHO Charter School for Dakota Day and got to know more about working with pipestone from Tim Blue. 

pioneerpbsDakota Day at ECHO Charter School | Helen Blue-Redner

ECHO Charter School recently received a surprise $1 million donation. We visited the school for Dakota Day and talked with director Helen Blue-Redner about how she plans to use the gracious donation to fund more events like Dakota Day. 

PostcardsPostcards: Dakota Wicohan Horse Riders

Learn about the healing power of horses with Dakota Wicohan.


A glimpse into the Cansayapi Makaćhèga resurgence.

Pioneer SpecialsThe 2018 Native Language Quiz Bowl

YME Native American students participated in a statewide language competition.

PostcardsQuill Working

A quill working revival.

PostcardsLinda Black Elk

Linda Black Elk shows us a few different elixirs, and remedies we can make at home.

*Upper Midwest Emmy

Pioneer SpecialsThe Horse Relative

The path of Native people, their horse relatives and cultural revitilization.

pioneerpbsUndowanpi (We Sing): Desirae Desnomie

Backing up Opie Day is his wife Desirae Desnomie, backup singer for Midnite Express, from Peepeekisis Cree Nation in southern Saskatchewan. Gain an understanding of what singing means to Desirae in this installment of the Undowanpi series.

pioneerpbsUndowanpi (We Sing): Hoksida Blacklance

We're excited to finally release our digital project, Undowanpi (We Sing)! Throughout this series of four videos you'll get an understanding of what traditional song and drum means to four different Native artists.

First we hear from Hoksida Blacklance from Pezihutazizi Oyate (Upper Sioux Community) in Granite Falls. Hoksida is a lead singer of Midnite Express.

pioneerpbsUndowanpi (We Sing): Gabriel Desrosiers

The next part of the Undowanpi series features Gabriel Desrosiers, lead singer of Northern Wind, from Northwest Angle 33 First Nation. Learn how song has changed Gabriel's life and the importance it plays in his role as a teacher at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

pioneerpbsUndowanpi (We Sing): Opie Day

As a part of the series Undowanpi (We Sing), this next video features Opie Day, lead singer of Midnite Express, from Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.

pioneerpbsMaking Traditional Buckskin Super LaBatte

Walter "Super" Labatte gives an overview of how to make traditional buckskin.

CompassHistoric event: Land return to the Cansayapi community

114 acres of land was returned to the Cansayapi community by the state of Minnesota.

pioneerpbsDakota Wicohan youth regalia | Compass

Dakota Wicohan in Morton aims to transmit Dakota lifeways to future generations. Pioneer PBS’s Tanner Peterson visited Dakota Wicohan to learn about their youth regalia class.

pioneerpbsA one-of-a-kind collaboration: the Cankuya construction trades program

A one-of-a-kind collaboration is taking place between Minnesota West, the Cansayapi Lower Sioux Indian Community and the Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council. The Cansayapi community recently identified construction trades as a needed educational pathway in the community. The first class in the Cankuya construction trades program just graduated!