Jessica Crabtree

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Update: Rebecca’s Wild Farm DVD Requests

by on Feb.05, 2012, under JOURNAL: Nature, art, cultural perspectives

I finally received a response from the BBC production team on the matter on whether a dvd edition of the documentary Rebecca’s Wild Farm (also A Farm for the Future) will be commercially available. They replied that at present there are no plans in motion for producing the dvd’s – but they will refer it for consideration.

I strongly encourage anyone interested to contact the BBC directly at and petition for a commercial release. If they know just how much of a following this excellent resource has, it might promote a positive response.

You can read the entire correspondence (plus watch the YouTube version of the film) on this post.

A Farm for the Future

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“Booming Out”: The Mohawk Metalworkers

by on Jan.19, 2012, under JOURNAL: Nature, art, cultural perspectives

Booming Out: Mohawk Ironworkers Build New York – Smithsonian Exhibition surveys six generations of Mohawk men and women who helped build New York City

The documentary To Brooklyn and Back tells the little-known stories of the artisans who played an important role in developing the infrastructure of the world’s most famous skyline. Hundreds of Mohawks left the reservations beginning in the early 1900s looking for work in the growing metropolis; taking a leap in the dark, some came with their families, establishing neighborhoods that still bear their name. Kahnawake Mohawk filmmaker Reaghan Tarbell traces her own family history in one of these communities.

PBS Documentary “To Brooklyn and Back: A Mohawk Journey”

Indian Country Today: Documentary Traces Brooklyn’s Mohawk Ironworkers

Mohawk Ironworkers
Image: Katja Esson – Skydancer

Skydancer: A Film by Katja Esson

Beginning with the St. Lawrence Bridge near the Canada border, built in the 1880s, Mohawk emigres first established a reputation in construction. As more Kahnawake crews joined the burgeoning steelworking industry, employers were impressed with their determined work ethic and remarkable coordination and balance – and they quickly became renowned as some of the country’s finest metal builders. The Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the World Trade Centers, and even the San Francisco State Bridge are all on the impressive list of projects to which they have contributed substantial effort.

The Straight Dope: Why do so many Native Americans work on skyscrapers”

Today, metalworking and construction are almost a family business among Mohawks – they work all over the nation wherever skyscrapers and steel frames go up; many still live in the New York boroughs where their ancestors first “boomed out.”

David Noble: The Mohawk Ironworker Series

From Language Among the Skywalkers by Mushkeg Media

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MPR News: New documentary about 1862 Lakota executions

by on Jan.18, 2011, under JOURNAL: Nature, art, cultural perspectives

MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO: New documentary remembers largest mass execution in US history

The largest mass execution in U.S. history occurred 148 years ago, when 38 Dakota warriors were hanged from a single scaffold in Mankato.

The shock waves of that mass execution still reverberate today among the Dakota people. A new documentary film remembers the 38, and also a group of Dakota who ride on horseback each year at this time to Mankato to commemorate the executions of Dec. 26, 1862.

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Link TV 4Real: Pawnee Nation

by on Jan.07, 2011, under JOURNAL: Nature, art, cultural perspectives

In this film, actor Casey Affleck and hip hop artist Sol Guy visit the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. They meet Crystal Echo Hawk and NVision, an outreach organization working on and off the rez to empower Native youth by reinforcing traditional values.

The guests interview tribal members and hang out with the local kids, getting different perspective of what it means to be a Pawnee. They get a crash-course in Pawnee history from the time of the removals, to the boarding school era, to the issues being faced by modern reservations.

Watch the entire episode online here:
Link TV: 4 Real “Pawnee”

If you like this, you might also enjoy Independent Lens’ March Point.

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We Shall Remain

by on Mar.19, 2009, under JOURNAL: Nature, art, cultural perspectives

PBS American Experience’s new series We Shall Remain premieres April 13. It is a groundbreaking 5-part docudrama about American history as seen through Native eyes. You can watch previews and sign up for news feeds and updates here:

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I am a freelance artist living in Arkansas, US, specializing in historical portraits of American Indians. I blog about the portrayal and influence of Native Americans in art, history, and the media.

I am fascinated by history and world cultures, ancient and modern, and particularly indigenous peoples. My other interests include wildlife ecology, environmental issues & sustainability, journalism, photography, web design & development. I enjoy music and reading (see my book list here).

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