Film Honors Native American Heritage Month

Screening at Southampton Arts Center

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the Southampton Arts Center will show two documentary films with the Shinnecock Indian Nation starting on Friday at 6 p.m. with “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World,” a feature about the role of Native Americans in the history of popular music.

Directed by Catherine Bainbridge, the film takes its title from the 1958 instrumental of the same name by the incomparable American Indian rock guitarist and songwriter Link Wray. “Rumble” was the first song to use distortion and feedback, and it introduced the rock power chord.

The film reveals the contributions to music of many artists whose Native American heritage was unknown, among them Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jimi Hendrix, and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

On Nov. 30, also at 6, the center will screen “Tribal Justice,” a documentary about two Native American judges who turn to traditional concepts of justice to reduce incarceration rates and bring about greater safety and a more positive future for their communities. A panel discussion will follow. Both screenings are $10, $7 for friends.