Chickasaw Nation-produced documentaries to air on Amherst Community Television

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Release Date: October 05, 2021


The Chickasaw Nation Productions’ documentaries “Bearer of the Morning” and “First Encounter” from the Chickasaw Heritage Series will be shown on Amherst Community Television in New Hampshire, beginning Sunday, Oct. 10 at 2:30 p.m. on Comcast Channel 20 and is also available to stream online at AmherstNH.gov/Amherst-Community-Access-Television at the same time.

Additional viewings of “Bearer of the Morning” will take place Sunday, Oct. 10 at 8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 11 at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14 at 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m.

“First Encounter” will be available to view on Comcast Channel 20 and online at AmherstNH.gov/Amherst-Community-Access-Television Sunday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18 at 9:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m.

The Chickasaw Heritage Series is a video project initiative from Chickasaw Nation Productions designed to inform, educate and entertain audiences about the resilient and persevering spirit of the Chickasaw Nation.

For more information, please visit ChickasawFilms.com or amherstnh.gov.

“Bearer of the Morning”

The story follows the life of Mary “Te Ata” Thompson Fisher as she embraces the Chickasaw tradition of storytelling and transforms herself into the world-renowned performer, Te Ata.

By studying and performing traditional First American stories, Te Ata worked to help overturn negative stereotypes and advocate for the preservation of Indigenous American cultures. Te Ata kept her Chickasaw heritage close to her heart and shared the unique story and spirit of the Chickasaw people.

In this one-hour documentary, discover how this dynamic Chickasaw woman successfully navigated the social, geographic and cultural distances to become one of the most successful First American performers in history.

“First Encounter”

“First Encounter” explores the actions taken by Chickasaws in 1541 during their first contact with Europeans. The documentary highlights the encounters, struggles and perseverance of the Chickasaw people throughout the attempted conquest by Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto.

This encounter helped establish the reputation for which the tribe would be recognized for centuries and remains today – “unconquered and unconquerable.”

Chickasaw curriculum

Both Chickasaw Heritage Series “First Encounter” and “Bearer of the Morning” documentaries have been incorporated into an online curriculum produced by the Chickasaw Nation for elementary and secondary school levels. These and other lessons are available to home-school and public school educators by visiting Chickasaw.net/AtHome.

These lessons include reference materials and photographs presented much like a textbook and will be of interest to anyone looking to dig deeper into the history and culture of the Chickasaw people.

Every lesson of the Chickasaw Nation curriculum is aligned with Oklahoma Academic Standards as outlined by the Oklahoma State Department of Education social studies guide.

Areas of study include history, social studies, geography and government. Students who dive into these studies will develop skills, including reading, writing, critical thinking, test taking and artistic creation.

Each lesson is complete with its own lesson plan, reading material, discussion questions, student activity and reference list for convenience. This material can be easily incorporated into any educational setting.

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