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The Silent Enemy (1930)

A documentary about the life of Indians in Northern Canada.

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Credited cast:
Chief Yellow Robe ...
Chetoga, tribe leader
Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance ...
Baluk, mighty hunter
Chief Akawanush ...
Dagwan, medicine man
Mary Alice Nelson Archambaud ...
Neewa, Chetoga's daughter
Cheeka ...
Cheeka, Chetoga's son
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Food is getting scarce for the tribe, and the chief must choose between the advice of Baluk to go north to the caribou herds, or the conniving medicine man Dagwan to stay put. On the way north they endure great hardship, and the conflict between Baluk and Dagwan deepens. It doesn't help that both want to marry the chief's daughter. Written by Robert Tonsing <rob_tonsing@msn.com>

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2 August 1930 (USA)  »

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Silent Enemy: An Epic of the American Indian  »

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The caribou of the film's climax are reindeer obtained by the film's producers from The Lomen Reindeer Corporation, which harvested reindeer for their meat. See more »


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Song of the Waters
Music by Massard Kur Zhene
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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A docu-drama in the Robert Flaherty tradition
19 January 2001 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

One of a number of fiction films of the 1920's and 1930's that attempt to show the life of primitive peoples before contact with European material culture. The best known example is Nanook of the North (1922).

Very well done, with much location shooting under trying circumstances for both the Ojibwe Indian cast and the crew. Interesting wild animal sequences, especially of the caribou.

The sound mostly is fine organ playing, with a short spoken introduction by Chief Yellow Robe (who played Chetoga, tribe leader).


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