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Hollywood Dashes Hopes of 'Wounded Knee'


Society & Culture  (tags: politics, tv, Native Americans )

Chakwaina
- 2586 days ago - indianz.com
The massacre at Wounded Knee should have been depicted in all of its ugliness. It should have been the culmination of the physical confrontations between the Indians and the whites.



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Marian E. (152)
Saturday August 18, 2007, 11:20 am
This is a good perspective piece. I hope that those noting are actually reading it and that anyone who
has not read the book or is not familiar with the various massacres will get the book and read it. It most assuredly is not a romance!
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday August 19, 2007, 9:02 am
I agree entirely with this opinion. The book, "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" probably had the most profound effect on me that any book ever has (or will).

The history of this country, and the depiction of Indians, as taught to me in school, has been literally "white-washed." As a Native American, I can remember feeling ashamed when the history course focussed on my ancestors. We were portrayed as ignorant savages and the attempted genocide was attributed to "Manifest Destiny."

It wasn't until I was a grown woman that I happened upon "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee." As I read non-stop about the cruelty and total disregard of the settlers for the dignity of the people whose land they were stealing, and saw the actual pictures of many massacres, it was apparent who were savages.

It's obvious that, even to this day, Hollywood does not believe most Americans are either interested in (thus, the insertion of a love interest) or prepared to face the truth about this heinous (and ongoing) chapter in American history.

Thank you for this post, Chakwaina.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 19, 2007, 1:15 pm
I have not read the book but know alot of the details of what happened................

Of all the minorities the American indian has suffered the most and the longest............................

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Charles Q. (20)
Monday August 20, 2007, 3:58 am
Ditto Marian E. and Just Carole, I had the same ugly experiences of bigotry by most of my teachers and many other students who were thoroughly "brainwashed" by all the bright shining lies of Hollywood, hten educational system and their own ignorant backward parents. I was taught to be ashamed of my ancestors. And here we are years later, the US is still using a FORKED TONGUE, and is still ravenous for maiming, mutilating, killing, mineral and land theft and violating its own treaties with others.
 
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