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White Fawn's Devotion: A Play Acted by a Tribe of Red Indians in America (1910)

Unrated | | Drama, Short | 18 June 1910 (USA)
A frantic child reports to the tribal chief that her father killed her mother. The tribe chases and captures the man, dragging him back for tribal justice.

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Combs many years ago settled in Dakota and married an Indian squaw, and he is now living with her and their little girl of eight years in their log cabin home. One day while riding he meets a horseman bringing him a letter from a New York lawyer telling him to come east at once as he had been left a fortune. Returning home he shows the letter to his wife and retires to make arrangements for his journey. She ponders and thinks, and suspects that when once he strikes the Great White Way with plenty of money at his disposal he will probably forget his half-educated Indian wife waiting longingly for his return. She begins to feel that she now stands in his way and in the way of their child's advancement, so taking up a large hunting knife she stabs herself, and on his coming out to bid her farewell he finds her lying on the ground apparently lifeless. Falling on her body he bemoans his fate, and taking up the knife she has used curiously examines it. His little daughter seeing him with ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Not a Bad Little Film
21 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A frantic child reports to the tribal chief that her father killed her mother. The tribe chases and captures the man, dragging him back for tribal justice.

"White Fawn's Devotion" is the earliest surviving film directed by a Native American. James Young Deer's ancestors were members of the Nanticoke people of Delaware. It was one of the earlier films shot in America by the French company Pathé.

This short film deserves recognition simply for its native roots, but also happens to be a pretty decent story with interesting sets and costumes. With no one credited, I do not know if the actors were native or not, but it seems quite possible they were (at least partially).


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