Native American, American Indian, and Indigenous Topics

Virtual Talks/Films

500 Years: Life in Resistance 

2017 American documentary film directed by Pamela Yates about the trial of Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt for genocide against the country's indigenous Maya population in the 1980s.

Danza Anahuaca Cetiltiztli Nauhcampa (Begins at 10:13)

Summary: We begin this episode in SoHo, where Patricio Lerzundi will interview the Venezuelan citizen Alberto Ferreras. This multifaceted artist will talk about his novel, B as in Beauty, his TV projects and his work as a music composer and theater director. Later on, we will go to the parks of Manhattan, where we will learn about Anahuacan dances and how they help us to appreciate the depth of ancient Mexican culture. Finally, we will travel to Queens to interview Lorena Borjas, founder of the Lorena Borjas Community Fund dedicated to helping the transgender community of New York City.


Hoop Dancing with N8TIVE HOOP

Summary: Hoop performance by N8TIVE HOOP to ‘Electric Pow Wow Drum’ by A Tribe Called Red. 

Laura Grizzlypaws

Summary: Laura Grizzlypaws Beard Dance at the 2019 Indigenous Music Awards.

A Tribe Called Red

Summary: A Tribe Called Red is a Canadian electronic music group, who blend instrumental hip hop, reggae, moombahton and dubstep-influenced dance music with elements of First Nations music, particularly vocal chanting and drumming. 

Black Belt Eagle Scout - Soft Stud

Summary:  At the Party With My Brown Friends is a brand new full-length recording from Black Belt Eagle Scout. Where that first record was a snapshot of loss and landscape and of

KP’s standing as a radical indigenous queer feminist, this new chapter finds its power in love, desire and friendship.


Summary: The Coeur D'Alene tribe has created an exercise routine — called "Powwow Sweat" — based on traditional dancing. The program features a series of workout videos that break down six traditional dances into step-by-step exercise routines.

Chumash Science Through Time: The Arborglyph

Summary: Native American traditional knowledge includes knowledge of astronomy, especially the Earth’s relationship to the sun, moon, and stars.  With traditional knowledge of the sun, moon, and stars, Native Americans could keep track of time both throughout the day, like a clock, and throughout the year, like a calendar.  Chumash people have lived in The Central Coast Region of California for at least 10,000 years, and in these 10,000 years they studied the sun, moon, and stars, and left rocking paintings and tree carvings that symbolize this region’s position in the universe. One of these tree carvings is found in the Northern part of the Chumash territory, North of San Luis Obispo. 

Chumash Revolt of 1824

Summary: The Chumash revolt was the largest organized resistance movement to occur during the Spanish and Mexican periods in California. The Chumash planned a coordinated rebellion at all three missions. Due to an incident with a soldier at Mission Santa Inés on Saturday, February 21, the rebellion began early.

Buzzfeed's "6 Misconceptions About Native American People"

Summary: 7 Native American girls debunk the common misconceptions about their culture. 

The power of honest introductions | Sarain Fox | TEDxToronto

Summary: Of Anishinaabe lineage, Sarain Fox is a dancer, choreographer, activist and television host. A storyteller at heart, Sarain combines these various mediums to amplify the voices of her people in hopes of creating meaningful dialogue between her indigenous community and settler communities.

Ian Campeau on How to Be an Ally

Summary: Ian Campeau spoke on Allyship at National Speakers Bureau's 2017 Engage Speaker Talks. In this presentation, he offers a 3 step process on how to become an ally.

Effective Allyship: A Transgender Take on Intersectionality | Ashlee Marie Preston | TEDxPasadena

Summary: Host, commentator, and activist, Ashlee Marie Preston teaches that when we talk over people, ignore them or shut them down, what we're really saying is, “I'm more important than you are … I don’t really care what you think, I don't have time for your opinion, or, this isn't a conversation. It’s a contest and I’m gonna win.


Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation

Wishtoyo Foundation (doing business also as Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation) protects and preserves the culture, history, and lifeways of Chumash and indigenous peoples, and the environment everyone depends upon. We implement our mission through cultural environmental education programs, cultural preservation programs, research, scientific study, community outreach and mobilizing, restoration projects, advocacy, and when necessary, legal action. 

UCSB American Indian Student Association

The UCSB American Indian Student Association (AISA) is a student-led organization of American Indian and Indigenous students. We meet in the AICRC (the American Indian Cultural Resource Center), which is located in the Student Resource Building (room 1219 on the first floor).

AISA was founded in 1970 to promote cultural awareness to the University’s general population and to provide a cultural connection and sense of community for its American Indian students.

-  American Indian Graduate Student Alliance (AIGSA)
-  American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)
-  American Indian & Indigenous Gardens Alliance
-  American Indian & Indigenous Arts Collaborative (AIIAC)
-  STANDS Mentors
-  American Indian & Indigenous Collective (AIIC)
-  American Indian & Indigenous Collective Research Focus Group (AIIC-RFG)
-  American Indian & Indigenous Collective Academic Council (AIIC-AC)

American Indian Health Services (Santa Barbara)

The mission of American Indian Health & Services is to promote and provide quality services to improve the health and well-being of American Indians/Alaska Natives and all other community members. The founding values of AIHS are (1) To supply medical, dental, psychological, legal, social, educational and related services to eligible American Indian/Alaska Natives requesting such services. (2) To develop and improve techniques for servicing the American Indian/Alaska Native community. (3) To encourage the formation and operation of services and programs addressing needs as they develop.