TRAILER NOW AVAILABLE HERE, FEATURING PROMINENT INDIGENOUS VOICES INCLUDING MODEL AND ACTIVIST QUANNAH ROSE CHASINGHORSE
ARTIST AND BLACK EYED PEAS BAND MEMBER TABOO HAILED HIS EXPERIENCE ON THE DOC AS “ONE OF THE GREATEST PRIVILEGES OF [HIS] LIFE”
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Special Is Based on Cover Story in July 2022 Issue of National Geographic magazine, ‘We Are Here’
WHAT: To raise awareness and elevate the conversation around Native American sovereignty, ABC Owned Television Stations have produced “Our America: Reclaiming Turtle Island,” an hour-long documentary special that will inform viewers about Native sovereignty, the inherent authority of American tribes to govern themselves and honor and preserve their cultures and traditions.
WHO: The program is told through the lens and imagery of National Geographic Explorer and photographer Kiliii Yüyan – the special is produced by Nzinga Blake, Race and Culture executive producer at ABC Owned Television Stations, and edited by Tracey Quezada. Featured in the documentary are Taboo, a cultural activist and Marvel comic creator, writer, and global music icon known for 1/3 of the pop group Black Eyed Peas; Quannah Rose Chasinghorse, a model and activist known for appearing on the 2020 Teen Vogue list of Top 21 under 21 and more; Jody Potts-Joseph, traditional tattoo practitioner and subject of the National Geographic series “Life Below Zero: First Alaskans”; historian and Native American artist G. Peter Jemison, whose art is featured in the documentary; and traditional corn grower Angela Ferguson.
WHEN/WHERE: The documentary special will debut beginning Nov. 19-20 on linear across eight ABC stations ABC7/WABC-TV New York, ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles, ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago, 6ABC/WPVI-TV Philadelphia, ABC7/KGO-TV San Francisco, ABC13/KTRK-TV Houston, ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham and ABC30/KFSN-TV Fresno, its 24/7 streaming platforms, 32 connected TV apps across streaming platforms Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku and available on Hulu November 25, Native American Heritage Day.
WHY: Chad Matthews, President, ABC Owned Television Stations, notes, “We hope that with this special event, we will continue the elevation of the Native American culture, and both educate and inspire current and future generations to come, including those audiences unfamiliar with the history and culture of Native indigenous communities.”
NOTABLE QUOTES: “I’m honored to be a part of this endeavor,” noted Taboo. “Of all of the things I’ve been able to do throughout my career, having the opportunity to use my voice and platform to heighten the conversation around Native American culture and sovereignty has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. I hope audiences will find it as inspirational and important as I do.”
- To learn more about Native American sovereignty, visit natgeo.com/nahm.
- For more on the July 2022 cover story by National Geographic, “We Are Here,” click HERE.
- The documentary will be available on November 18 at reclaimingturtleisland.abc.
- Anna Kukelhaus, Director of Communications, National Geographic Media and ABC Owned Television Stations, (202) 258-8020, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vanessa Abron, Account Manager, One35 Agency, (312) 480-9050, email@example.com