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"in a warlike manner in time of peace"

Happy birthday to savagedoc45, and best wishes for many happy returns of the day!

* I have been following the production of the PBS five-part series We Shall Remain with great interest, not only because it pledges to be "a provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history," but also because two of the episodes focus on subjects about which I have written books (my Tecumseh: A Biography and The Trail of Tears and Indian Removal), and all touch on issues about which I've lectured and taught in university courses. (It's hard to believe it's been almost a full year since I was at Wounded Knee!) The Trail of Tears segment, in particular, is especially noteworthy, as it is the first drama to look at removal from the often overlooked perspective of the Treaty (Ridge/Boudinot) Party of the Cherokee Nation, and that is a very big deal. With Native filmmakers such as Chris Eyre and actors such as Wes Studi involved, the project has tremendous promise, and my hopes are extremely high.

The first installment debuts on PBS on April 13; you can read more about the series here.

Here is the lineup of episodes:
1. After the Mayflower - In 1621, Massasoit, sachem of the Wampanoags of New England negotiated a treaty with Pilgrim settlers. A half-century later, as a brutal war flared between the English and a confederation of Indians, this diplomatic gamble seemed to have been a grave miscalculation. Directed by Chris Eyre.
2. Tecumseh's Vision - In the course of his brief and meteoric career, Tecumseh would become one of the greatest Native American leaders of all time, orchestrating the most ambitious pan-Indian resistance movement ever mounted on the North American continent. After his death he would live on as a potent symbol of Native pride and pan Indian identity. Directed by Ric Burns and Chris Eyre.
3. Trail of Tears - Though the Cherokee embraced "civilization" and won recognition of tribal sovereignty in the U.S. Supreme Court, their resistance to removal from their homeland failed. Thousands were forced on a perilous march to Oklahoma. Directed by Chris Eyre.
4. Geronimo - As the leader of the last Native American fighting force to capitulate to the U.S. government, Geronimo was seen by some as the perpetrator of unspeakable savage cruelties, while to others he was the embodiment of proud resistance. Directed by Dustinn Craig and Sarah Colt.
5. Wounded Knee - In 1973, American Indian Movement activists and residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation occupied the town of Wounded Knee, demanding redress for grievances. As a result of the siege, Indians across the country forged a new path into the future. Directed by Stanley Nelson.

* While I'm talking about Native artists, let me suggest a great book for those of you who are enjoying the current young adult vampire novel phenomenon: The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel by Drew Hayden Taylor. I highly recommend it!

"Will the Congress of the United States permit its citizens to invade us in a warlike manner in time of peace?"
- Elias Boudinot, Editor, The Cherokee Phoenix, January 8, 1831


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 7th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
I shall look out for those!

Thank you for the heads up.
Apr. 8th, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
You're most welcome!
Apr. 7th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
Must watch.

I think I will also need to check out the YA novel you mention.

Any word about Giuseppe's project you participated in? What a devastating couple of days it's been in Italy! I hope Giuseppe and Lingalad and their friends were not touched by it in a personal way.
Apr. 8th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
I hope the episodes live up to expectations! I think you'll love The Night Wanderer. It's going on my list of optional novels (each student must sign up for one, and no two students may read the same one) in my Gothic Imagination course for the fall.

I heard from Giuseppe, and he and his friends/family are okay, although they'd understandably like the earth to be calmer now. He said the final edits are well on their way, and it shouldn't be long now before the documentary is completely finished. I'm so excited! :) Thanks for asking!
Apr. 7th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, that sounds well worth watching! Thanks for the heads-up.
Apr. 8th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
My pleasure!
Apr. 7th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
Have you gotten any of the We Shall Remain bookmarks? We have them all over the library right now.
Apr. 8th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I haven't seen any of those bookmarks. I didn't even know they existed! Do you suppose PBS distributed them to libraries everywhere? *looks around wild-eyed*
Apr. 8th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
Recently, PBS has been distributing bookmarks every time they have a new series. They should be available at most libraries--they just came in the mail a few days ago.

If you don't see them in your area, let me know and I'll send you some. They're pretty awesome for free bookmarks.
Apr. 9th, 2009 11:10 am (UTC)
Thanks a million! The university library (which, thus far, has been the only one I use) doesn't have them, but I've got another library to check, hopefully today...
Apr. 7th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
That's an interesting quote.

I've still got my nose buried in World War I.
Apr. 8th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Elias Boudinot's papers are some of the most eloquent and moving I've ever read.

Enjoy World War I (if, um, "enjoy" is the right word). *wink*

Apr. 8th, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for all of this information! I'm about to watch the trailer, and the pics of you and Giuseppe (as well as the countryside!) are absolutely beautiful. Thanks also to you, if I turn around and look at my bookcase, I can see a copy of Tecumseh right there. :) I'm going to make it a priority to read that this summer.

So great to see a chatty and educational-filled post from you!! (((hugs)))
Apr. 8th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
*hugs* My pleasure! I'm so glad it was of interest, my friend. *more hugs*
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