Indian Country Today has a report on the upcoming PBS film series, We Shall Remain. The first of the 90-minute films—After the Maylower, directed by Chris Eyre—will not be shown until April, but lots of information, film clips, readings lists, etc., are available on the PBS website. The five films are:
Episode 1 After the Mayflower. . In 1621, the Wampanoag 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.
Episode 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.
Episode 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.
Episode 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.
Episode 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.
We'll probably hear a lot more about this project as broadcast time comes closer. And eventually there will be DVDs. For now, you might want to do some reading. There are short reading lists for adults and youth on the Library Resources page, and pages 24-26 of the pdf file they call the "Event Kit" has a much more detailed bibliography. Some of these materials we already have in our library, and others we will try to figure out how to get hold of (even though we still don't have any money...)