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Don Marks

Multi-award-winning filmmaker, Don has written and directed over 200 documentaries, including the highly acclaimed They Call Me Chief and Indian Time specials. Don was a sportscaster on CKND-TV in Winnipeg for eleven years and is a regular contributor to Manitoba Score magazine, the Winnipeg Free Press and Grassroots News. A long-time resident of Winnipeg's North End, Don has travelled the world showcasing his works at film festivals in Europe, Africa and Australia. Marks is not aboriginal by background, but was raised by an indigenous family.

Playing the White Man's Games
Don Marks
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Native American;
Grade Levels: University/College;

Playing the White Man's Games tells the extraordinary tales of Native American athletes who overcame tremendous obstacles to dominate the NFL, CFL, PGA, Olympic Games, NHL and professional wrestling. From ABC's "Athlete of the Century" Jim Thorpe, whose track and field career began when he surpassed his college varsity high jump team in street shoes and climaxed with gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Olympic Games, before moving on to dominate NCAA and NFL football, major league baseball and 22 sports in all, including a national championship in ballroom dancing. To Billy Mills, who improved his best time by an unheard of 50 seconds to win the 10,000-metre Olympic race in "the greatest upset in Olympic history." And Notah Begay III, a product of public courses and Navajo code talkers who won four PGA tournaments in his first two years on the pro golf tour. Sometimes referred to as the "forgotten American", the fascinating stories of these colourful characters will make you recall Native American heroes with wonder and awe, not only for their exploits on the field of play, but for their efforts to preserve and enhance native history, culture and lifestyle with pride and dignity away from the competition.

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They Call Me Chief: Warriors on Ice
Don Marks
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;

This tells the fascinating stories of Native athletes who overcame tremendous obstacles to star in the NHL. Journeys of most famous warriors on ice are chronicled as they battle racism, culture shock, isolation and other roadblocks to success. We meet a collection of very different men who become authors of their own stories.

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