Movies & TV Shows That Celebrate Indigenous Peoples

The contributions of Indigenous communities can be found all around us: in agriculture, in medicine, and, of course, in art. The act of reflecting upon and celebrating the heritage of Native American, Native Hawaiian, Native Alaskan, First Nations, and Indigenous communities across Central and South America plays a core role in understanding the complex history of the world around us. Whether you're looking to deepen your existing knowledge, learn something totally new, or curl up with a great story (or all of the above!), this list has something for you. On the lookout for other picks that celebrate Native heritage? Check out Books with Native American Characters and Movies & TV That Highlight the Bravery and Resilience of Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities.

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TV

Spirit Rangers

age 3+

Vibrant preschool show celebrates Native American culture.

Network: Netflix (2022)
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TV

Yakari

age 4+

French cartoon about Native boy has positive messages.

Network: Online (2005)
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MOVIE

Lilo and Stitch

age 5+

Cute story, great characters, fabulous soundtrack.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2002)
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TV

Molly of Denali

age 5+

Alaska Native character's adventures celebrate heritage.

Network: PBS Kids (2019)
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MOVIE

Moana

age 6+

Memorable musical with a Pacific Islander lead, some scares.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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TV

Johnny Tsunami

age 6+

Surfing, boarding, and positive lessons for kids.

Network: Disney Channel (1999)
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TV

Legend Quest

age 7+

Mexican folklore-inspired adventure series has broad appeal.

Network: Netflix (2017)
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MOVIE

Pachamama

age 7+

Young Inca boy shows courage; some peril and violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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MOVIE

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

age 8+

Quirky, aged-up adventure has positive messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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MOVIE

Finding 'Ohana

age 9+

Fun Hawaii adventure celebrates culture; peril, language.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
Luz The Light of the Heart TV: Luz smiles broadly, holds a firefly in each hand. Friends Joca and Sabina stand on each side.
TV

Luz: The Light of the Heart

age 9+

Engaging melodrama has heart, inclusion, heavy backstory.

Network: Netflix (2024)
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MOVIE

Frybread Face and Me

age 10+

Gentle coming-of-age drama highlights Navajo culture.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2023)
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MOVIE

Te Ata

age 10+

Underrated Chickasaw hero gets her due in earnest biopic.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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TV

Basketball or Nothing

age 10+

Captivating docuseries inspires, challenges stereotypes.

Network: Netflix (2019)
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MOVIE

Rabbit-Proof Fence

age 11+

Powerful drama about racism OK for tweens and up.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2002)
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MOVIE

Whale Rider

age 11+

Excellent, gorgeous drama with uplifting messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2003)
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MOVIE

Pacific Warriors

age 10+

Docu about Pacific Islander rugby teams has mild profanity.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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TV

Alaska Daily

age 13+

Drama highlights missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Network: ABC (2022)
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MOVIE

Alaskan Nets

age 13+

Teens persevere through cultural customs in winning docu.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
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TV

Little Bird

age 13+

Indigenous Canadian forced-adoption drama has language.

Network: PBS (2023)