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The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code (2014)

Dakota filmmaker Sheldon Wolfchild's compelling documentary is premised on Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, a book based on two decades of research... See full summary »

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Dakota filmmaker Sheldon Wolfchild's compelling documentary is premised on Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, a book based on two decades of research by Shawnee, Lenape scholar Steven T.Newcomb. The film tells the story of how little known Vatican documents of the fifteenth century resulted in a tragic global momentum of domination and dehumanization. This led to law systems in the United States and Canada and elsewhere in the world, that are still being used against Original Nations and Peoples to this day. The film concludes with traditional teachings developed over thousands of years that provide a much needed alternative for humans and the ecological systems of Mother Earth at this time. Written by Anonymous

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A Story That Needed to Be Told
12 December 2016 | by applejo-06391See all my reviews

High quality documentary that accurately captures the religious doctrine that led to the destruction and dehumanization of the first nations communities. An informed discussion that reveals horrific deeds done in the name of Christianity and "civilization". The film does well to parse the wording of this doctrine and its verbiage to reveal its true nature, the unwilling indoctrination of a group of people. I was able to watch the film with a group of first nations descendants, and the recount of the atrocities in the name of conquest brought many to tears.

The film's editing allows the audience to move smoothly from the examination of the doctrine to its ultimate impact on the natives. The film offers scaffolding of information, starting from the beginning and moving linearly through the history of the doctrine, allowing for background knowledge and context. Much of the film incorporates archival sources such as original illustrations of the rulers, maps, and catastrophic events of the time, as well as exact wording from historical documents. The director, Sheldon Wolfchild, also makes good use of primary footage, showcasing the stories of the Original Nations and the law systems currently used against them. Overall, the film is informative and clean, and the message remains clear: the domination of the Original Nations began long ago in the name of Christianity, and inspired the United States law system that continues to uphold the same code/doctrine today.


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