The War Bonnet (1914)

To a tourist who wishes to purchase his war bonnet, an Indian tells this story: The bonnet once belonged to Blue Fox, a powerful chief. When Chaska, the chief's son, grew into manhood, the ... See full summary »

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Frank Montgomery
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Artie Ortego ... Chaska - son of the Sioux Chief (as Art Ortega)
Mona Darkfeather ... Wawina - Chaska's Sweetheart (as Princess Mona Darkfeather)
Rex Downs Rex Downs ... Kenabee - Chaska's False Friend
Big Moon Big Moon ... Blue Fox - Chaska's Father
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To a tourist who wishes to purchase his war bonnet, an Indian tells this story: The bonnet once belonged to Blue Fox, a powerful chief. When Chaska, the chief's son, grew into manhood, the father honored him above all others with the tribal band of feathers, said to shine in beauty only on a brow brave, just and worthy. Kenabec, the young warrior's friend, viewed the ceremony with jealous rage. Chaska wooed and won Wawina, whom Kenabec also loved. Later, he and Chaska were sent to spy upon a rival tribe. While on this expedition, Kenabec stabbed Chaska from behind. Still lay Chaska by the water, like as one with soul departed, like a pine tree felled for timber. Returning, Kenabec declared that Chaska had been slain by a foeman. Later, the Sioux made an attack upon their enemies. In the battle their chief was slain. Believing Kenabec worthy, they acclaimed him their new chief. Chaska, however, had not been killed. Although desperately wounded, he managed to stagger toward his tribe, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1914 (USA) See more »

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Kalem Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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It is poetic
18 August 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The opening scene of this worthy offering shows clear photography and real Indians. Then a story of Redman life is told to tourists who are sight-seeing, the narrator being an old chief seated near his wigwam. It holds the attention well in spite of a touch of obscurity in its early scenes; for it is poetic and, though most improbable, is convincing. A pretty good offering. - The Moving Picture World, May 30, 1914


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