Picks and Pans Review: Winds of Change: a Matter of Choice

updated 09/03/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/03/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

PBS (Fri., Aug. 31, 10 P.M. ET)


CBS This Morning correspondent Hattie Kauffman, who is half Nez Perce Indian, hosts this special, an exploration of how Native Americans are trying to hold on to their cultural identity as more and more leave the reservations or marry outside their tribe.

There are two main segments. One concerns Pat Ross, a Hopi woman who, with her half-Sioux children and grandchild, moves back to her mesa village in Arizona. The other discusses the Ignaces, an affluent mixed-tribe family near Milwaukee whose members are seeking to maintain their heritage while living in mainstream society.

The program provides interesting insights into how Indians live today but never really makes manifest how seriously their traditions are threatened by the modern world or how feasible it is for them to avoid the melting pot.

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