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A Red Woman's Opinion
on 9 July 2009
Coming from a Lakota Indian; Dee Brown was not Lakota nor was he from my homeland. That being said, from someone who's ancestors was there, this movie hit pretty close to home. Yes, the film makers added a little here and there but that is the case with ANY historical based movie.
Remember there is two sides to this story; the Americans and the Red Race, what you read and see is not always the truth. I think we Indians know our history better then anyone else. I abhor anyone trying to tell me what did and did not happened if they were not raised in our culture and by our elders which know our history by heart! And I am sorry to tell the other reviewers who think they know Lakota history; Sitting Bull as MANY Siouxian leaders did in fact whip and punish their people when they broke the tribal law. If a woman cheated she got her nose cut off... if a warrior stole a horse he was executed and so on. We did a lot of "brutal" things in the white man's eyes but in our eyes it was the Red Way. When the soldiers burnt our homes and murdered our children, our warriors lashed back by torturing settlers, gang raping women, and abducting white children and raising them to kill their own. It is not pretty for the faint but we survived and this DVD is small collection of our story.
If you want a TRUE Indian read try The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge: A Lakota Odyssey by Joe Starita or any novel by Joseph Marshall, a real Lakota. Also Into the West is a great historical movie about our history. For documentary try We Shall Remain and The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy.