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Enjoy this rare and beautiful footage of native tribes of America, the First People. This video shows footage dating back to 1895, and a rare audio recording of Native American music from the same year.

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The oldest surviving footage of Native Americans is a film of members of the Sioux tribe performing the Buffalo Dance. They filmed it at Thomas Edison’s Black Maria Studio in New Jersey on September 24, 1895.

It also shows a few Native American feature films, including White Fawn’s Devotion (1910), The Invaders (1912) and Last Of The Mohicans (1920).

White Fawn’s Devotion was the first film directed by a Native American, James Young Deer.

Alice Cunningham and Francis La Flesche made the audio recording in the middle of the video in 1895.  ‘He’dewachi’ they traditionally played dance Song at ceremonies which celebrate the prowess of warriors.

Philámayaye! (Lakota for ‘thank you’)