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We Shall Remain: Part II - Tecumseh's Vision 

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Tecumseh
Billy Merasty ...
Warrior (as William Merasty)
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Young Tecumseh
Mariel Belanger ...
Tecumseh's Mother
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Warrior
Delwin Fiddler Jr. ...
Warrior
Thosh Collins ...
Warrior
R. David Edmunds ...
Himself - historian
Leland Chapin ...
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Colin G. Calloway ...
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Andew Lyn Jr. ...
Warrior
Kieran McArthur ...
Young Tenskwatawa
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From the award-winning PBS series American Experience comes We Shall Remain, the most ambitious primetime television series and media project on Native history ever produced. We Shall Remain will present a multifaceted story of Native ingenuity and perseverance that spans more than three hundred years. The tale of European settlement of North America has been told countless times, but never before from the perspective of the land's original inhabitants. At the heart of the project is a five-part television series that shows how Native peoples adapted and fought back-from the Wampanoags of New England in the 1600s who used their alliance with the English to weaken rival tribes, to the bold new leaders of the 1970s who harnessed the momentum of the civil rights movement to forge a Pan-Indian identity. Each historical episode of We Shall Remain will be paired with a short, contemporary story showing how the past resonates in Native American lives today. Written by WGBH Educational Foundation

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Tecumseh's ideas might have worked...a hundred years earlier.
11 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

"We Shall Remain" is a five-part series by Ric Burns (Ken's brother) on the history of the American Indians from "The American Experience". However, it should be understood that it is NOT a comprehensive history. There are many gaps, omissions and most tribes are not discussed in the shows. This is simply because with five parts, there just wasn't enough time to do the subject justice.

Part 1 ended with the end of King Philip's War in the 1670s and now picks up again in the years following the American Revolution--a gap of well over a hundred years. In some ways this is rather strange, as I really would have thought that the French-Indian War would have been the subject of an episode and it's only mentioned briefly in this episode. Odd...especially since so many tribes were involved (on both sides) and it did so much to shape the future of life in the Eastern and Midwestern United States for the various tribes.

Part 2 is about Tecumseh, a Shawnee Indian tribesman who had something previous tribal leaders lacked...a vision of unity. Instead of continuing to fight the white spread of settlers one tribe at a time, he worked hard to unify the various native nations into a unified force. Then, with the aid of the British, they would establish a free and independent homeland...or that was his plan. Unfortunately, his brother, 'the prophet', was useful in spreading Tecumseh's visions but his visions of white bullets NOT harming his people was a BAD miscalculation. Additionally, the British showed little willingness to really engage the United States....plus the Americans were simply too great in number, too strong and with better technology...and ultimately he and his people were doomed.

Again, like the first episode, this is a quality production throughout. Engaging, fascinating and exquisitely made...this is well worth seeing and a part of history often barely discussed.


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