The movie nods to one of the most controversial events surrounding Sitting Bull's death: his dancing horse. It is reported that Rico came home with him from the Wild West Show and was trained to dance to the sounds of bullets, and did so during the shootout that killed Sitting Bull. It is also said that the sight of Rico's dancing amidst gunfire without any harm coming to him, as if he was commending Sitting Bull to the spirit world, drove more and more native Americans to join the Ghost Dance Movement. See more »
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, Dances With Wolves, Hostiles, and this film are all about the same subject--the removal of Indians from the Western territories/states. Each one of these films tells the story from a different, yet true, perspective. Woman Walks Ahead shows clearly how ultra-conservatives can, and do, demonize anybody who doesn't agree with them. Ultra-liberals do the same thing, of course, and back in the NYC of this time period, where the female character played by Jessica Chastain hails from, there were plenty who didn't have a grasp of the situation out West. Chastain plays her part well--except for the fact that she can't keep a British accent though her character is supposed to be from England originally. Setting that aside, ready yourself for brutality comparable to Hostiles--and for a history lesson you won't forget.
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