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A fictional branch of a small Native American Shoshone Band in northern California is caught up in the midst of the American Civil War. When the effects of the war spreads west, and Union soldiers force them from their homeland.
Thomas R. Bond II
Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by... See full summary »
In South Dakota, in an Indian reservation, an old storyteller Indian asks his grandson Shane, who is in trouble owing money to some bad guys, to take his old pony and him to Albuquerque to the great powwow, an Indian meeting. While traveling, Grandpa tells mysterious Indian tales of love, friendship and magic. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The "All Nations Pow-wow" that the grandfather and grandson Shane are going to is actually the Gathering of Nations Pow-wow that takes place annually in April in Albuquerque, New Mexico. See more »
When Shane is first standing with Mae Little Wounded in front of her house, May has both hands out admiring the ring, then in the next shot a second later, May only has one hand out, which is held by Shane's hand. See more »
Shall I tell you stories? Shall I tell you how it was told by the old ones to my grandfather's grandfather long ago? This is how it was told to me. Let me tell you, and you remember to pass it down, for this is how it happened long ago.
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Don't have enough good things to say about this film
I recommend that all Americans watch this as a reminder that a life built around computers and cars and owning a house in the suburbs is a hollow one. August Schellenberg is an awesome grandpa, and his grandson Shane (Eddy Spears) is the archetypal disaffected, apathetic teenager-man in the making. The Indian legends and stories, which are the broad subject of this movie, have everything to rivet all of us, Indian and white, to the screen. Heroes, villains, beautiful girls, brave warriors, comedy, and fantastic special effects. The color and variety of scenery, covering many different regions of North America, from the northeast Great Lakes nations, the Rockies, the Pacific northwest, and the southwest desert, remind us of an ancient something that we have mostly forgotten as we struggle in this age of mass production and mass destruction. It makes one ask: "are we really better off now?" It seems to give the answer that as long as you have tradition, you're never really poor. I look at what the white man has, and see it is a vaporous and transient dream. Your SUV will rust away in time, it is not an heirloom. The things we whites pass on to our children simply add to their lost confusion about their place in the universe. One generation replaces another, with no real connectedness to our ancestors. Trash piles up as we consume the planet. There is no real gain, certainly no spiritual gain. An interesting device is the white hitchhiker, who well represents those of us who are not Native American. We are "wannabes", but it is genuine. And the story of Tehan, the red headed Kiowa, who, it's equally important for the Indian to realize, also represents the sentiments and love of many whites.
When the electricity is turned off, and our phone is disconnected, and our car runs out of gasoline, and our rent or mortgage goes unpaid, what is there left for us? Modern civilization is a farce, it is founded upon desires and necessities that were foisted upon us unwittingly, and often at gun point. I also had to stop the film when I heard "Inktomi" and do a Google search, and what do you know? Inktomi is a spider trickster, an associate of "Coyote". Very interesting, I always presumed Inktomi was some kind of Japanese word.
This film has definitely hooked me into learning more about the people we have displaced. Forget the Middle East, the Far East, and any other exotic desires or destinations you may be seeking, there is not enough time in one life to learn the mysteries and fascinating culture of the native peoples in our very own North America.
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