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Summer provides a chance to get outdoors and enjoy our favorite sports activities. When it's time to relax after the game, enjoy one of our five sports films on DVD. These great films reveal the unique relationships athletes have with their individual sport, whether it's Inuit athletes of the Arctic, runners in the rugged canyon lands of Northern Arizona or Native youth playing the fastest growing sport in North America, lacrosse.
Two Brothers Pursue Their Dream
The Medicine Game
70 minutes
"There are two times of the year that stir the blood. In the fall for the hunt, and now for lacrosse." - Esteemed Elder Oren Lyons, Jr. (Onondaga/Seneca)

Two brothers from the Onondaga Nation pursue their dreams of playing lacrosse for national powerhouse Syracuse University. The obstacles in their way are frequent and daunting, but their love for the game, each other, and their family's unyielding determination, propels these youth toward their dream.
 
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Traditional Inuit Sports
Games of the North
27 minutes

For thousands of years, traditional Inuit sports have been vital for survival within the unforgiving Arctic. Acrobatic and explosive, these ancestral games evolved to strengthen mind, body and spirit within the community.
Follow four modern Inuit athletes as they reveal their unique relationship to the games and compete across the North. As unprecedented change sweeps across their traditional lands, their stories illuminate the importance of the games today.

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Taking Home the Gold
Great American Foot Race
57 minutes
Facing scorching temperatures, 19-year-old Andy Payne, a small-town Cherokee boy, takes home the gold after winning a grueling 3,422-mile foot race designed to bring attention to the newly constructed Route 66 Highway. The race recounted in this Emmy-nominated film became one of the wildest promotion schemes in history, allowing Andy to win enough money to marry his girl and keep the family farm.  

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Transformation & Hope
Racing the Rez
57 minutes
Set against the iconic landscape of the Southwest, Racing the Rez promises to yield a powerful, intimate view of transformation and hope. In the rugged canyon lands of Northern Arizona, Navajo and Hopi cross-country runners from two rival high schools put it all on the line for Tribal pride, triumph over adversity and state championship glory. Win or lose, what they learn in the course of their seasons will have a dramatic effect on the rest of their lives.   
 
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More Than a Game
Sacred Stick
57 minutes
"Before there was light, before there was earth, the game was played." - Esteemed Elder Oren Lyons, Jr. (Onondaga/Seneca)

Sacred Stick examines the historical, cultural, and spiritual aspects of lacrosse. From the ancient Maya to the world famous Iroquois Nationals team, this program explores a uniquely Indigenous sport that, like Native peoples themselves, adapted and endured within the dominant culture. As lacrosse surges in popularity, it has now become the fastest growing sport in North America. But for Native peoples, it has always been and continues to be much more than a game. 

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