NANI: A Native New England Story

Jack Dempsey

1998, 60:00 minutes, colour, English


NANI is a study of the life and scholarly impact of Nanepashemet - Anthony Pollard, late Director of Wampanoag Indian Programs at Plimoth Plantation, a "living history" museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It details "Nani's" development as a scholar and Native New England spokesperson, recounts his and others' labours to fully present Native cultures at Plimoth and regional institutions and reveals his part in proving that Native peoples fertilized crops with fish before European contact. In providing full contexts of Nani's life and works, this program is also a portrait of Native New England in 4 parts: 1. The Land and the People; 2. The Land and the New People; 3. Nanepashemet / Anthony Pollard: Living History; 4. Continuance. This program features excerpts from films of Nani's many public engagements / roundtables etc. including outtakes from Costner's 500 Nations; Northeastern landscape and creatures, Native music and artifacts, pow wow footage, and much more. Producer Dempsey: 'I wanted to accomplish two things: to preserve all I could of Nanepashemet's important contributions to New England Native cultures and to help people understand who those cultures were, and are, at the foundation of 'American History'".

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