When her whole tribe disappears from Westerners, Karana and her brother have to survive themselves. However, her brother is killed by wild dogs, and, all alone, she needs to survive on her own before befriending the very dog that killed her brother. She sometimes has hard struggle but passes what people think women can't do and does it with no help at all but the knowledge she learned as a young girl
The Chumash tribe (not the principles) were played by the Manchester and Kashia tribes of the Pomo nation. See more »
Karana's hair does not grow any longer after the 18 years she's been on the Channel Islands. See more »
[Staring at Karana]
[Talking to the Dog]
Your eyes are like those of a fox and as I don't trust a sly fox I do not trust you either dog. That would be a good name for you. I will call you Rontu. It means fox eyes.
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I am biased, I suppose, as I got to be an extra in this movie which was filmed at Anchor Point, California. I was an Airman, stationed at the Point Arena Air Force Station. Us Air Force guys got into the act because the Universal production company was seeking local native Americans to play the part Indians in the movie. They were to play the part of poor, starving people but the local natives were of large stature, and they could not get a full compliment of Indians so they came to the Airbase and enlisted some of us poor,staving G.I.'s to be Indians. We met at Anchor Point, where we went into tents and were sprayed with brown stain, given dark, long haired wigs, and loincloth es. I have a picture standing next to the female lead, Celia Kaye. By gosh, I really looked like a native. I really enjoyed my experience as an extra as the production crew was ever so nice.
When the Aleut ship shot it's cannon and blew up all the Indians, I wanted to be able to see myself from amongst all the other bodies, so I didn't die instantly, as I was supposed to, but rose up on one elbow, before dying. This trick allowed me to see myself when I got to see the movie. I don't think anyone noticed but me.
Many years later I got a chance to be an extra in Fire in the Sky, a story about an alien abduction. In this one I was a Doctor, and got about 15 seconds of film time, plus a 1/2 second full face shot. Another company, but still all very nice people. I have never worked in any job to this day that treated everybody so well and these people from Hollywood.
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