Finding Aid for the Nebraska Native American Film Collections

Nebraska Native American Film Collections

Title: Nebraska Native American Film Collections
Creator:  Vision Maker Media; Olson, Paul; Nebraska Educational Television
Dates: 1972-1990

Series:

I. Images of Indians, Vision Maker Media
2. Paul Olson Papers, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
3. Junior League of Lincoln, Nebraska Historical Society
4. Vision Maker Media Film and Video Collection

Language: English

Restrictions: None

Copyright: To inquire about usage, please contact Vision Maker Media.

Preferred Citations:
Images of Indians (1-0561.1, 1-0562.1, 1-0563.1, 1-0564.1, 1-0565.1), Vision Maker Media Archives.
Paul Olson, Papers (RG/12-10-22). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.
Nebraska State Historical Society, Junior League of Lincoln Collection, RG4943

Access:

This site contains some items from the three participating archives, for full collection lists please see the Vision Maker Media Archives Webpage.

Collection list
Series 1: Images of Indians

Historical Note:

Images of Indians, directed by Robert Hagopian and Phil Lucas, narrated by Will Sampson. In 1979-80, Robert Hagopian and Phil Lucas produced a groundbreaking, five part series for PBS. Images of Indians examines the Hollywood stereotypes of Native people and the societal effects those portrayals had on the public’s understanding of Indian history, experience, culture and participation in contemporary American life.

Item 1.  VHL 1 Shelf D The Great Movie Massacre, Program 1, 1989
Item 2.  VHL 1 Shelf D How Hollywood Wins the West, Program 2, 1989
Item 3.  VHL 1 Shelf D Warpaint and Wigs, Program 3, 1989
Item 4.  VHL 1 Shelf D Heathen Injuns and The Hollywood Gospel, Program 4, 1989
Item 5.  VHL 1 Shelf D Movie Reel Indians, Program 5, 1989

Series 2: Paul Olson Papers, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Archives and Special Collections

Biographical Note:

Paul A. Olson, professor emeritus, retired from the University of Nebraska in 2006. He taught in the Department of English and began his teaching career at the university in the 1950s. Also in 2006, Olson received the Nebraska Writing Project Carol MacDaniels Teach of the Year Award. Olson’s career focused on literary studies and rural teaching and schools. He participated in projects such as the Study Commission on Undergraduate Education and the Education of Teachers, the Nebraska Tri-University Project in Elementary Education (TTT). The Paul A. Olson Seminars, which focus on topics associated with the Great Plains, are named in his honor.

The Paul Olson Papers contains 14 boxes of unprocessed film and video materials, for more information please contact the UNL Archives and Special Collections at archives@unl.edu.

Series 3: Junior League of Lincoln, Nebraska Native American Collection

Historical Note: The Junior League of Lincoln, Nebraska Native American Collection was the result of a collaboration between Nebraska Educational Telecommunications and the Junior League of Lincoln. “In 1978, one of our producers, John Flower, suggested that we should preserve on film interviews with members of the four official Nebraska Native American Tribes.  We needed money to do this.  I mentioned the idea to my long-time friend Mary Howey and her colleague Lonnie Pearson who were members of the Lincoln Junior League and following  their suggestion I presented the idea to the membership of the League.  They were much taken with the idea of saving the words, wisdom, likenesses and history of many of the Tribal Elders and voted to give NET $10,000 to fund this project.  Thus, we were able to save an important part of Nebraska heritage.”   Ron Hull, Senior Advisor to NET and Professor Emeritus of Broadcasting, UNL

This collection is made up of 52 items, a selection has been digitized by Vision Maker Media and the Nebraska Historical Society. For more information contact Paul Eisloeffel at paul.eisloeffel@nebraska.gov.

RG4943 Richard Fool Bull (Indian Culture Project), 3/4″ U-Matic


RG4943 Omaha: John and Suzette Turner (Indian Culture Project), 3/4″ U-Matic


RG4943 Omaha: John and Suzette Turner (Indian Culture Project), 3/4″ U-Matic


RG4943 Omaha: John and Suzette Turner (Indian Culture Project), 3/4″ U-Matic


RG 4943 Winnebago: Felix White (Indian Culture Project), 3/4″ U-Matic

Series 4: Vision Maker Media Film and Video Collection

For a full listing please see the Vision Maker Media Archives Website

If you have questions about the Archives & Special Collections, please email ssneve@netad.unl.edu
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