Recorded in the natural settings of the regions that native people have called home for centuries, Tribal Histories feature tribal members sharing the challenges, triumphs and time-honored traditions that have shaped their vibrant communities across generations.

Eddie Benton-Benai describes the roles that instruments such as the shaker, flute and drum play in Ojibwe life. Tribal members perform traditional music. Also shown are the Spirit Bird Singers, a group of younger musicians carrying on and extending the traditions.