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5.0 out of 5 stars
In the name of greed and god., 9 April 2006
I was already aware that many Native People had been killed since the Russians, Portuguese, Spanish, Britons and the newer Americans spread across the continent (I left out the French as they have contributed to a far lesser extent of evil and where at some points willing to live alongside the Natives). I was unaware, however, that there were so many different tribes/clans that where extinguished in the name of greed and god.
I was sickened and tearful at these atrocities even with the understanding that life was somewhat more brutal in those days as societies where forming, but many actions are inexcusable. I saw no bravery from the invaders, just lots of lies, genocide and turning a blind eye.
I am glad that Kevin Costener was behind the production as he is a more serious celebrity with whom the audience and I can associate. As such, there was no fanfare or Hollywood angle; it was just a straightforward history lesson.
Unfortunately, this history is not common knowledge in America. It seems that the pioneers and cowboys where the heroes and the Native Peoples where just a thorn in their side. This should be rectified and instead of simply implying that John Wayne movies where the way it was, maybe the 500 Nations should be shown at school to give some reality and gravity as to how America was really formed. The real heroes were the braves, chiefs and their families; what great statesmen many of the Natives could have made, even today, such was their eloquence.
I recommend this documentary to anyone who has their eyes open to the world around them.