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Subject: History

Rights and Wrongs Series: North and Latin America

"Highly Recommended! 'Food' for the mind and soul." -USA Today
"Highly Recommended. Brings objective understanding to the vast issues of Human Rights." -The Utne Reader
"Highly Recommended! Altogether, professionally crafted." -The Boston Globe
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USA 4: Hawaii's Indigenous Peoples

USA  4: Hawaii's Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples throughout the world are becoming increasingly vocal in asserting claims for their ancestral lands. Here we see Native Hawaiians lobbying Congress and participating in non-violent demonstrations in an effort to publicize their exclusion from native lands and their dwindling population, culture, health, and heritage. When the first colonialists arrived in Hawaii, there were over 400,000 Hawaiians with ancestral ties to indigenous peoples. Today, that number is less than 43,000, and continuing to decline. This program focuses on the struggle of Native Hawaiians to protect their culture, their heritage, and their human rights. It consists of excerpts from Edgy Lee's documentary, called Papakolea: A Story of Hawaiian Land, which includes interviews with human rights activists, historians, and educators, as well as with displaced Native Hawaiians who have been evicted from government controlled native lands simply because their Hawaiian blood quantities have dropped below 50%. Due to government intervention and national political pressure, Native Hawaiians have been forced to give up their ancestral lands, to work menial jobs, to abandon their language, and even to relinquish their right to call themselves "Hawaiian." Viewers will quickly realize the human rights' tragedy taking place and the urgent need to support Native Hawaiians in their efforts to protect their human rights and preserve their culture. 01/12DE JSCA 15 min.

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