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Powwow Highway (1989)

R | | Drama | 24 February 1989 (USA)
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Depicts the struggles of reservation-dwelling Native Americans in the North Central United States. The main character is an introspective and lovable person in a process of seeking pride ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Buddy Red Bow
... Philbert Bono
Joanelle Romero ... Bonnie Red Bow (as Joannelle Nadine Romero)
... Rabbit Layton
... Chief Joseph
Wayne Waterman ... Wolf Tooth
Margot Kane ... Imogene
... Sandy Youngblood (as Geoff Rivas)
Roscoe Born ... Agent Jack Novall
... Louie Short Hair
... Buff
Tony Frank ... Captain Roberts
Chrissie McDonald ... Jane Red Bow
Sky Seals ... Sky Red Bow
... Aunt Harriet
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Depicts the struggles of reservation-dwelling Native Americans in the North Central United States. The main character is an introspective and lovable person in a process of seeking pride and identity through traditional and mystical means of gathering power. His high school friend, who is a Vietnam War Veteran, is exerting power as a highly principled social activist, using a modern rational materialist adversarial model of progress. Written by Stan Detering <detering@hevanet.com>

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Zwei Cheyenne auf dem Highway  »

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$283,747
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Film debut of Wes Studi. See more »

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Buddy Red Bow: This ain't the American Dream here. This is the Third World!
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The cast can be seen walking along the highway for part of the ending credits. See more »

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A journey of discovery.
19 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Lovely movie. Pow Wow Highway is the story of A Montana Cheyenne who takes off in a 1964 Buick to find enlightenment. Joining him is the reservation's political activist, who sets out to rescue his sister from an unjust imprisonment.

Pow Wow Highway is the story of their journey, and in one sense it's a road movie and a buddy movie, but in another sense it's a meditation on the way we understand the world we live in. Philbert Bono doesn't think of a trip to Santa Fe in terms of hours or miles, but in terms of the places he must visit between here and there to make it into a journey of discovery -- to gather Medicine or Spirit Power.

Each character, in the film, looks at life from a different perspective. To Philbert the trip to Santa Fe is his Vision Quest, his coming of age as a man and a Cheyenne Warrior. His vision is clear and uncontaminated by the world, consequently, he is able to achieve communion with the Great Spirit and be transformed into Whirlwind Dreamer, mighty Cheyenne warrior. He does this by being open, honest, and sincere, thereby tapping the potential that always existed within him.

Remarkable movie, and a must see. Gary Farmer is terrific.

Winner of the Filmmaker's Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival.


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