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Thunderbird Woman

Native American activist Winona LaDuke, a member of the Anishinabe tribe and Ralph Nader's former running mate, is a bundle of energy. She wore tribal garb even as a young child, and today travels the country raising money to buy back land unjustly annexed from the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. Claus Biegert and Bertram Verhaag's 73-minute documentary (2002) shows her in constant motion, paddling a canoe through a stand of wild rice while explaining the crop's importance to her people, addressing a Hopi protest rally against polluting mines, and making pesto at home. Mark Freeman's 13-minute Edmund's Island (2002) is an inspiring look at an optimistic homeless man who sells or gives away newspapers, imparting a bit of his joy to his customers.

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