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Indians of North America the Cheyenne 1993

Catalog Data

Nevison, Henry Producer  Search this
Henry Nevison; Producer, Director  Search this
Marty Moss-Coane; Narration  Search this
John Douglas White; Editor  Search this
Dana Palermo, Rick Scott; Audio  Search this
Rich Wilson; script writer  Search this
Andrew Schlessinger, John Gerbec, Dana Palermo; producers  Search this
Physical description:
31 min sound color video
Cherokee Indians  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Indians of North America Southern States  Search this
Projected media
Collection descriptions
North America
United States, Wyoming, Texas, Montana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado
Indians of North America Series: The Cheyenne. Edited film documents the history of the Cheyenne American Indians since the arrival of European settlers in North America and the migration of the Cheyenne to the plains by 1790. Emphasis is placed on the delicate balance of power between Cheyenne warriors and members of the tribal council, the division of the northern and southern Cheyenne as a result of the 1804 Louisiana Purchase and the conflicts with the U.S. government over land rights. As a result of the migration of Indian tribes, major societal changes ensued for the Cheyenne; these include the relaxation of matrilineal kinship tracing, the competition with other tribes for resources, the acquired skill of hunting buffalo on horseback. Featured conflicts with the U.S. government include: the San Creek Massacre killing 500 Cheyenne; Battle of Wachita, where the U.S. army led by Colonel George Custer attacked the sleeping Chenne village; the Battle of Little Bighorn, where the Cheyenne defeated Custer incurring the wrath of the U.S. government. Twentieth Century Cheyenne history is documented through a series of assimilation policies; the Bureau of Indian Affairs established Indian boarding schools aimed at teaching white culture and behavior to indians, the teaching of various trades to Indians, the changing policies of land ownership. Film features U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell as the only American Indian serving in the U.S. government; Campbell stresses the importance of learning how to "walk both paths," by understanding how to function as part of the mainstream while still recognizing and remembering important tribal traditions, culture and identity. Footage depicts the sweat lodge, a sanctuary for prayer, healing and ceremonies; Sun Dance ceremony, beginning of the Cheyenne New Year where participants pray for the welfare of the tribe and the world; interviews with Cheyenne elders and youths.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Land--acquisition of  Search this
Land--as a source of wealth  Search this
Land--as property  Search this
Land--reclamation  Search this
Land--reservations--Cheyenne  Search this
Settlement--patterns  Search this
Migration  Search this
Boundaries--territorial  Search this
Conflict  Search this
Warriors--status of  Search this
Territorial--boundaries--exploitation  Search this
Territory--annexed consolidation of  Search this
Government--activities--agencies, relief  Search this
Government--care of dependent ethnic groups--North America  Search this
Education--public  Search this
Government--expeditions  Search this
Government--military  Search this
Government--policies  Search this
Government--constitutions  Search this
Military--armed forces  Search this
Education--curriculum  Search this
Education--teachers in  Search this
Education--theories of  Search this
Education--attitudes toward  Search this
Spiritualism  Search this
Missions--religious  Search this
Nature--ideas about  Search this
Descent--matrilineal  Search this
Assimilation--of ethnic groups  Search this
Bands--migratory  Search this
Horses  Search this
Exploring--expeditions  Search this
Ownership--individual  Search this
Ownership--collective  Search this
Culture--adaptation  Search this
Culture--change  Search this
Culture--continuity  Search this
Culture  Search this
Culture--ideals  Search this
Treaties--peace--capitulation  Search this
Agriculture  Search this
Nomadism  Search this
Sweat--lodge  Search this
Ceremony--Sun Dance  Search this
Dance  Search this
Massacres  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1995.1.7
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives