Historical Trauma Documentary—Recommend by 95% of Educators

Used by the following communities, companies and educators to teach and understand Historical Trauma.

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Educational Reviews

“It allows the non-Native audience to truly hear and see Historical Trauma and the pain without blatant finger pointing or going the other direction by making it more palatable for non-natives tastes”

Kimberly Whitewater Wakjexiwiga
Community Supportive Services Division Director
HCN Social Services

“Rarely has a film been able to fully capture the complexity of these contemporary social justice concerns caused by Intergenerational Trauma through historical accounts and personal narratives.”

George S Leibowitz, PhD
Stony Brook University
School of Medicine and Social Welfare

“Dodging Bullets is a powerful and compelling documentary that revealed the injustices against Indigenous peoples… brilliantly wove together a positive path to healing through ceremony and cultural identity.”

Rain L. Marshall, JD, (Ihanktonwan),
Lecturer, Humboldt State University

Viewers Reviews

“This was such a great movie. A really clear way of showing people who will not acknowledge historical and generational trauma that it is a real and serious issue being faced by many, many people today.”
Amazon Review 

“Dodging Bullets will definitely make you think, so if you aren’t ready for that, don’t watch it.”

Rotten Tomatoes Review

“This was an amazing documentary that shines a lot of light on the injustices that indigenous people experienced for generations. This film also highlights the context behind historical trauma and how trauma may be passed down through generations.”

Amazon Review

“An important film that not only fills gaps in conventionally taught history, but builds empathy and understanding for the Native American experience.”

Rotten Tomatoes Review

Clyde Bellecourt

Unclassified

Excellent Historical Trauma Documentary

Excellent Historical Trauma Documentary

Rick McArthur

Tall Paul

Historical Trauma Documentary Helps Give a Voice

Historical Trauma Documentary Helps Give a Voice

Karlee Fellner

American Historial Trauma Documentary

American Historial Trauma Documentary

Representative Betty McCollum

Powerful Historical Trauma Documentary

Powerful Historical Trauma Documentary

Crosses at Burial site in Santee Nebraska

Native American Women Playing Lacrosse

A Must See Historical Trauma Documentary

A Must See Historical Trauma Documentary

Brea Standingcloud Painting

Minneapolis Police at the No Honor in Racism Rally

Must be told Intergenerational Trauma documentary

Must be told Intergenerational Trauma documentary

Dr Rachal Yehuda

Genoa, Nebraska

Buffalo in South Dakota

Engaging Historical Trauma documentary

Engaging Historical Trauma documentary

Bill Means

Historical Records, Flandreau, SD

Larry Leventhal

President Barack Obama

Tribal Nations Maps

Jesse Ventura

Mike Her Many Horses

Introspective film on Generational Trauma

Introspective film on Generational Trauma

Highway 2, Montana

Melvin Lee Houston

Ho Chunk Nation Suicide Prevention Running Team

Keith Ellison

Wounded Knee, South Dakota

Boarding School, Nebraska

Informative Historical Trauma documentary

Informative Historical Trauma documentary

Youth text books

No Honor in Racism

Winona LaDuke

Eye Opening Film About Historical Trauma

Eye Opening Film About Historical Trauma

Marty Boarding School, Marty, SD

Police Killings No One is Talking About

Dorene Day

Faith Spotted Eagle

Chief Hole in the Day Lake

Treaty Zone

Eye-opening Historical Trauma documentary

Eye-opening Historical Trauma documentary

Turtle Mountain

Santee Nebraska

Treaty Rights

1855 Treaty Protest

Lake Andes, SD

Leonard Thompson 1855 Treaty Rights

Bullet Hole in Wall

Ho Honor in Racism Protest

Genocide. Ethnocide. Forced relocation. Destruction of culture. Abuse.

Historical Trauma, is a term used by social workers, psychologists, and historians, it is used to define historical psychological and cumulative emotional traumatic experiences such as the genocide of the Jewish people, the institution of human slavery in 18th and 19th century America, and the treatment of the Native American population by colonizers since first contact.

Researchers and practitioners call this concept Historical Trauma or Intergenerational Trauma.