From The Badlands And Beyond

Gail Robinson's four-part experience of contemporary life on the native reserves of North America.

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A four-part series exploring the lives of native North Americans today.

Gail Robinson met Charlie Crowfoot at Calgary's annual Stampede.

He calmed an injured horse simply by pointing his finger at its nostrils.

But Charlie, from the Blackfoot tribe, has a way with horses that few can match.

He breaks them in, but hates the phrase - or the thought - of breaking the spirit of anything.

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A four-part series exploring the lives of native North Americans today.

Gail Robinson meets the Metis - once known as half-breeds - the product of liaisons between early French or British settlers and local women.

We Did That Once With The Puritan Fathers. Look Where It Got Us2000091720000930

A four-part series exploring the lives of native North Americans today.

Gail Robinson witnesses two families' attempts to build cabins in the wilderness.

They are watched closely by their Cree neighbours, but no advice is offered: `We did that once with the Puritan Fathers.

Look where it got us'.

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01So You're A Writer, Eh?1999050919990519

As writer-in-residence at a Cree school in Saskatchewan, she discovered that the children preferred to smoke wild cannabis.

02And Now From Wounded Knee...1999051619990526

2: `And Now from Wounded Knee...'.

She revisits the site of the infamous battle where time cannot erase so much blood from the earth.

But the Sun Dance is still danced and the Sun Lodge built.

03The Eco Warrior Heroes1999052319990602

She plants trees in Saskatchewan alongside the local workers.

It takes her 14 hours to plant her first thousand.

04 LASTSurvival Beyond 20001999053019990609

In many North American states, casinos are illegal - except on the reservations which are exempt from state laws, and the natives are cashing in.