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    FYI -

    American Experience presents:

    We Shall Remain - Beginning 13 April 2009
    The Films | We Shall Remain | American Experience | PBS

    "We Shall Remain is a groundbreaking mini-series and provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. Five 90-minute documentaries spanning three hundred years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective."

    Episode 1 - "After The Mayflower" - Premieres 13 April 2009 on PBS
    After the Mayflower | We Shall Remain | American Experience | PBS
    "In March of 1621, in what is now southeastern Massachusetts, Massasoit, the leading sachem of the Wampanoag, sat down to negotiate with a ragged group of English colonists. Hungry, dirty, and sick, the pale-skinned foreigners were struggling to stay alive; they were in desperate need of Native help.

    Massasoit faced problems of his own. His people had lately been decimated by unexplained sickness, leaving them vulnerable to the rival Narragansett to the west. The Wampanoag sachem calculated that a tactical alliance with the foreigners would provide a way to protect his people and hold his Native enemies at bay. He agreed to give the English the help they needed.

    A half-century later, as a brutal war flared between the English colonists and a confederation of New England Indians, the wisdom of Massasoit’s diplomatic gamble seemed less clear. Five decades of English immigration, mistreatment, lethal epidemics, and widespread environmental degradation had brought the Indians and their way of life to the brink of disaster. Led by Metacom, Massasoit’s son, the Wampanoag and their Native allies fought back against the English, nearly pushing them into the sea."

    Episode 2 - "Tecumseh's Vision" - Premieres 20 April 2009 on PBS
    Tecumseh's Vision | We Shall Remain | American Experience | PBS
    "In the spring of 1805, Tenskwatawa, a Shawnee, fell into a trance so deep that those around him believed he had died. When he finally stirred, the young prophet claimed to have met the Master of Life. He told those who crowded around to listen that the Indians were in dire straits because they had adopted white culture and rejected traditional spiritual ways.

    For several years Tenskwatawa’s spiritual revival movement drew thousands of adherents from tribes across the Midwest. His elder brother, Tecumseh, would harness the energies of that renewal to create an unprecedented military and political confederacy of often antagonistic tribes, all committed to stopping white westward expansion.

    The brothers came closer than anyone since to creating an Indian nation that would exist alongside and separate from the United States. The dream of an independent Indian state may have died at the Battle of the Thames, when Tecumseh was killed fighting alongside his British allies, but the great Shawnee warrior would live on as a potent symbol of Native pride and pan-Indian identity."

    Episode 3 - Trail of Tears - Premieres 27 April 2009 on PBS
    Trail of Tears | We Shall Remain | American Experience | PBS
    "The Cherokee would call it Nu-No-Du-Na-Tlo-Hi-Lu, 'The Trail Where They Cried.' On May 26, 1838, federal troops forced thousands of Cherokee from their homes in the Southeastern United States, driving them toward Indian Territory in Eastern Oklahoma. More than 4,000 died of disease and starvation along the way.

    For years the Cherokee had resisted removal from their land in every way they knew. Convinced that white America rejected Native Americans because they were “savages,” Cherokee leaders established a republic with a European-style legislature and legal system. Many Cherokee became Christian and adopted westernized education for their children. Their visionary principal chief, John Ross, would even take the Cherokee case to the Supreme Court, where he won a crucial recognition of tribal sovereignty that still resonates.

    Though in the end the Cherokee embrace of “civilization” and their landmark legal victory proved no match for white land hunger and military power, the Cherokee people were able, with characteristic ingenuity, to build a new life in Oklahoma, far from the land that had sustained them for generations."

    Episode 4 - Geronimo - Premieres 4 May 2009 on PBS
    Geronimo | We Shall Remain | American Experience | PBS
    "In February of 1909, the indomitable Chiricahua Apache medicine man Geronimo lay on his deathbed. He summoned his nephew to his side, whispering, “I should never have surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive.” It was an admission of regret from a man whose insistent pursuit of military resistance in the face of overwhelming odds confounded not only his Mexican and American enemies, but many of his fellow Apaches as well.

    Born around 1820, Geronimo grew into a leading warrior and healer. But after his tribe was relocated to an Arizona reservation in 1872, he became a focus of the fury of terrified white settlers, and of the growing tensions that divided Apaches struggling to survive under almost unendurable pressures. To angry whites, Geronimo became the archfiend, perpetrator of unspeakable savage cruelties. To his supporters, he remained the embodiment of proud resistance, the upholder of the old Chiricahua ways. To other Apaches, especially those who had come to see the white man’s path as the only viable road, Geronimo was a stubborn troublemaker, unbalanced by his unquenchable thirst for vengeance, whose actions needlessly brought the enemy’s wrath down on his own people. At a time when surrender to the reservation and acceptance of the white man’s civilization seemed to be the Indians’ only realistic options, Geronimo and his tiny band of Chiricahuas fought on. The final holdouts, they became the last Native American fighting force to capitulate formally to the government of the United States."

    Episode 5 - Wounded Knee - Premeires 11 May 2009 on PBS
    Wounded Knee | We Shall Remain | American Experience | PBS
    "On the night of February 27, 1973, fifty-four cars rolled, horns blaring, into a small hamlet on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Within hours, some 200 Oglala Lakota and American Indian Movement (AIM) activists had seized the few major buildings in town and police had cordoned off the area. The occupation of Wounded Knee had begun. Demanding redress for grievances—some going back more than 100 years—the protesters captured the world's attention for 71 gripping days.

    With heavily armed federal troops tightening a cordon around meagerly supplied, cold, hungry Indians, the event invited media comparisons with the massacre of Indian men, women, and children at Wounded Knee almost a century earlier. In telling the story of this iconic moment, the final episode of We Shall Remain will examine the broad political and economic forces that led to the emergence of AIM in the late 1960s as well as the immediate events—a murder and an apparent miscarriage of justice—that triggered the takeover. Though the federal government failed to make good on many of the promises that ended the siege, the event succeeded in bringing the desperate conditions of Indian reservation life to the nation's attention. Perhaps even more important, it proved that despite centuries of encroachment, warfare, and neglect, Indians remained a vital force in the life of America."

    Will you watch the series?
    Last edited by Historian; 02-12-2009, 02:27 PM.

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  • #2
    I was fortunate to be able to preview Tecumseh's Vision and Geronimo, last August during a film festival.

    In my opinion, the Tecumseh piece was a little weak.

    However the Geronimo piece was extremely enlighting. In this film, Apache people from four separate bands all seem to agree that the real Geronimo was no hero and especially not an American Legend portrayed by Hollywood.

    Check it out.
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    • #3
      I know there's some controversy about the Geronimo statue recently put up at San Carlos.

      But hopefully we can get PBS somehow or record the shows. is what it is...


      • #4
        The first episode begins April 13th.

        Anyone plan on watching it?

        "Be good, be kind, help each other."
        "Respect the ground, respect the drum, respect each other."

        --Abe Conklin, Ponca/Osage (1926-1995)


        • #5
          I saw the preview this week of the series and I think that it will be a good thing to watch and to tape on the DVR for replaying several times.... It looks like this is going to stir up some dialogue, and that is a chance to give America the facts about who we are and how we got to where we are at now. Anytime that you have an oppournity to expand the knowledge of the public is a good thing. I also think that this is going to let people see that we are not all the same and that we are not like the ndns that they see in the movies.

          So bust out those VCRs and tape it for your friends that don't have access to PBS or work the evening shift....

          I am trying to arrange watching parties with some of my friends that are Native Americans so that we can talk about what we have seen...
          Thankful for the blessing from the Creator in my life!!!!

          Life should not be measured by the number of things that we aquire on our journey but by the number of lives that we touch along that road.

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          • #6
            You could even post comments about each episode as you watch them.

            "Be good, be kind, help each other."
            "Respect the ground, respect the drum, respect each other."

            --Abe Conklin, Ponca/Osage (1926-1995)


            • #7
              Originally posted by Historian View Post
              You could even post comments about each episode as you watch them.
              That's a great idea!

              Post your thoughts here as you watch the shows.
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              • #8
                Here is the preview video:

                Film Preview | We Shall Remain | American Experience | PBS
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