Sousa on the Rez: Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum

Sousa on the Rez: Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum


When you hear the phrase “Native American music” you may not think of tubas, trumpets and Sousa marches. Yet this rich musical tradition has been a part of Native American culture for over one hundred years. Combining profiles of contemporary bands with fresh historical research, Sousa on the Rez: Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum is a half-hour documentary that offers viewers an unexpected and engaging picture of this little-known Native music scene. The documentary challenges viewers to expand their definition of Native American music and broadens their understanding of contemporary Indian life.

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Educational Resources: Viewer Discussion Guide; Educational Guide; PBS Learning Media
Program Length:
27 minutes
Director: Cathleen O’Connell
Producers: Cathleen O’Connell, Billy Luther (Navajo/Hopi/Laguna Pueblo)
Narrator: Richard Ray Whitman (Yuchi)
Production Company: Desert Penguin Pictures
Format: DVD & Digital Download
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Public Broadcast Release: January 2013




Walt Pourier

Vice Chair

Walt is Oglala Lakota and created the logo for Urban Rez. He is Creative Director, owner of Nakota Designs Advertising Designs and Graphics. Executive Director of the Stronghold Society nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call To Action Campaigns.


Project Coordinator​

(Hataža Mani Winga)​

"Cinema Aficionado"

Role: Jordana is excited to engage with different Native/Indigenous communities. Her passion for working with youth will help develop the Native Youth Media Project. She will also assist with the Creative Shorts Fellowship (CSF) to help organize deliverables for filmmakers.