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Hiawatha (as Vincent Edwards)
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Minnehaha
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Pau PukKeewis
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Iagoo
Eugene Iglesias ...
Chibiabos (as Gene Iglesias)
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Chief Megissogwon
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Katherine Emery ...
Nokomis
Stephen Chase ...
Lakku
Armando Silvestre ...
Kwasind
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Neyadji
Richard Bartlett ...
Chunung
Michael Granger ...
Ajawac
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Wabeek
Eugene Peterson ...
Hikon (as Gene Peterson)
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Hiawatha, a member of the Ojibway tribe, is on a peace mission to the Dakotah tribe. He meets and falls in love with Minniehaha. The romance is obstructed by a threatened war between the two tribes, instigated by a hot-headed Ojibway tribe member. The war is averted and Hiawatha learns that he is actually the long-missing son of the Dakotah chief. Hiawatha and Minniehaha set up tent-keeping together. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Greatest of All Warriors...The Greatest of All Indian Stories!

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28 December 1952 (USA)  »

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Hiawatha - länsituulen poika  »

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Version of Shirley Temple's Storybook: Hiawatha (1958) See more »

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One of the few attempts to depict Native American life before European interference...
12 January 2007 | by (Fairfax, VA) – See all my reviews

This 1952 low budget film is one of the few attempts to depict Native American life before European interference. It is a realistic portrayal of the legend of Hiawatha, loosely based on the Longfellow poem, leaving out the supernatural elements. As such, it is moderately successful. A much depilated Vincent Edwards in the lead role tries hard, but he is a bit of a wooden Indian, thoroughly upstaged by the much more interesting warmonger Popokeewis, his bitter enemy (Keith Larsen). John Ericson played Hiawatha 6 yrs. later in the Shirley Temple Storybook TV production with the fantasy elements very much in play. Film buffs interested in Native American life should see this modest piece, it is a sincere effort, though it's put in the shade by such later films as the splendid 1980 "Windwalker."


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