The Seven Generation River

Documentary Short | Aaron Martin

Unlike many Native American tribes, The Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi Indians were never removed from their ancestral lands, but they saw their environment and way of life fractured over time. A small group of tribal citizens fought for decades to keep traditional ways alive. When the US Federal government recognized the Pokagon as a sovereign tribal nation in the early 1990s, the tribe launched a series of cultural preservation and environmental restoration efforts. They are now actively working to restore with traditional arts, their language and ways of life, while creating new traditions to inspire tribal citizens to protect and preserve waterways for the next seven generations.

27 minutes

Release: April 22, 2019

Expiration: April 22, 2022

Distributor: WORLD

Rights: Unlimited releases over three (3) years beginning 04/22/2019;

SCH/1YR (for K‐12); and non‐commercial cable rights.

About the Filmmaker

Aaron Martin is the founder of Diorama Productions, a producer of narrative and documentary films based in Detroit, Michigan. In the past year, Aaron produced The Ethanol Effect, an hour-long documentary for national PBS examining the political and economic effects of making fuel from corn, and was the producer/director of Beyond the Tap, a half-hour special on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, for PBS WORLD Channel. Aaron has also created segments for the PBS NewsHour, SciTech Now and Local, USA on subjects ranging from a deadly disease affecting bats to underwater archaeology.


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.


Program 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.