Culture Stories is a national broadcast television and web series showcasing the vitality of Indigenous Cultures today through storytelling rooted in the preservation, perpetuation, and celebration of our cultural practices, traditions, arts, songs, and overall indigeneity. It currently airs on the PBS affiliated channel FNX – First Nations Experience, with a broadcast reach surpassing 73 Million households across the country.
New episodes of Culture Stories are currently in production. These programs highlight the history of participating tribal nations, communities, and community members with a showcase on where they are today, where they have come from, and the interconnectedness of tribal stories and knowledge.
The inaugural season will premiere on FNX's fall lineup 2020, with the first episodes being released as a teaser to the upcoming full season, delayed by Covid19 until 2021. Prior to the broadcast premier, parts of the shows will air as webisodes, and can be accessed on the Culture Stories website.
Featured communities include Navajo Nation, Crow Nation, Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Tsimshian Nation, Fernandeño Tataviam, Chumash, Tongva, Tigua, Maya, Hopi, and more.Watch Culture Stories on YouTube Watch Culture Stories on Vimeo Watch Culture Stories on FNX
The Culture Story of Crow Fair 2018 is currently aired as an intersitial nationally on FNX and is most representative of the vision for our storytelling.
This is just the beginning of filming Culture Stories for FNX and beyond.
We are so excited to be doing this very important work of highlighting the vitality of Indigenous Cultures today, and preserving our cultural knowledge.
We do this work because we are passionate about cultural preservation and sharing the vitality and vibrancy of indigenous peoples worldwide. It is important that Native people have a platform for their stories to feel represented and included in mainstream media, but also for the purpose of educating our Native and non-native communities about cultures outside of their own.
Non-Native people should also have the opportunity to properly learn about the roots of this nation by learning about the original stewards of our lands and cultures. We need to communicate to viewers that we are strong, resilient and present. We are their neighbors, teachers, students, peers, colleagues and friends.
We have chosen the art of cinematography as a medium for viewers to be directly embedded in our stories and to live our experiences firsthand. Conveying our messages through beautifully captured video imagery will enlighten and educate the viewers through sight, sound, and information.
Alyssa London, is an American Indian Tlingit, which is an Alaska Native tribe from Southeast Alaska. Alyssa pursues her love of performance and storytelling, native culture, art and entrepreneurship through her brand Culture Story.
Frank Blanquet is Yucatec Maya born and raised in Hollywood California. An accomplished and award-winning writer, producer and director, he began his career in film as a cinematographer and editor of street style skateboarding videos. Blanquet graduated from Video Symphony the Hollywood Institute with a focus on post production and transitioned to documentary filmmaking soon after. His documentary film work began with a focus of historical accounts from an Indigenous perspective, giving direct voices to tribal communities and preserving the voices of elders for future generations.
FNX | First Nations Experience is the first and only national broadcast television network in the U.S. exclusively devoted to Native American and World Indigenous content. FNX strives to accurately illustrate the lives and cultures of Native people around the world.