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What was ours  Cover Image DVD DVD

What was ours

Hames, Mat, (film director,, film producer,, editor of moving image work.). Hames, Beth, (film producer.). Waggoner, Wilson, (director of photography.). Wright, Greg, (editor of moving image work.). Patrick, Ginny, (editor of moving image work.). Guardado, Sandra, (editor of moving image work.). Layton, David, (director of photography.). Halpern, Nathan, 1978- (composer (expression)). Ruggiero, Chris, 1976- (composer (expression)). Field Museum of Natural History, (contributor.). Independent Television Service, (presenter,, production company,, film distributor.). Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.), (broadcaster.). Vision Maker Media, (presenter,, production company,, film distributor.). Alpheus Media (Firm), (production company.).

Summary: Like millions of indigenous people, many Native American tribes do not control their own material history and culture. For the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes living on the isolated Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, new contact with lost artifacts risks opening old wounds but also offers the possibility for healing. What Was Ours is the story of how a young journalist and a teenage powwow princess, both of the Arapaho tribe, traveled together with a Shoshone elder in search of missing artifacts in the vast archives of Chicago's Field Museum. There they discover a treasure trove of ancestral objects, setting them on a journey to recover what has been lost and build hope for the future.

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  • Physical Description: videodisc
    1 videodisc (approximately 80 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: [Austin, Texas] : Alpheus Media, Inc. ; [2016]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally broadcast in 2017 on Independent Lens.
Bonus features: A Shoshone childhood ; Memories of Viet Nam ; Looking outside is like a museum ; Prejudice off the reservation ; St. Michael's Mission ; The dance rattle ; Scout River ; Blood memory : the Ziibiwing Center.
Creation/Production Credits Note: Executive producers, Sally Jo Fifer (for ITVS), Lois Vossen (for Independent Lens), Shirley Sneve (for Vision Maker Media) ; co-producer, Jordan Dresser ; director of photography, Wilson Waggoner, David Layton ; edited by Greg Wright, Ginny Patrick, Sandra Guardado, Mat Hames ; music by Nathan Halpern and Chris Ruggiero.
System Details Note:
DVD; NTSC, Region 1; widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital stereo.
Language Note:
Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH). Closed-captioned.
Awards Note:
Winner, SWAIA Best feature and Best of class.
Winner, American Indian Film Festival 2016 Best doc feature.
Subject: Indians of North America Material culture
Cultural property Repatriation United States
Indians of North America Antiquities
Ethnological museums and collections United States
Cultural property Repatriation
Ethnological museums and collections
United States
Genre: Documentary films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Nonfiction films.

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