September 19, 2006

More Indians in Star Trek

American Indians
The Paradise Syndrome
How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth
Dawson Walking Bear
Kukulkan's ship
Ensign William Bearclaw


writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
Apparently, Dawson WalkingBear was the beginning of a rather interesting tradition in the STAR TREK universe, in that I brought Native presence where there had been little before. The only appearance in three seasons of stories occurred in Margaret Armen's "The Paradise Syndrome," a slightly gamey tale that transferred Natives from Old Earth (by way of advanced alien 'conservators' who saw them as endangered) to their own world elsewhere in the galaxy. The ENTERPRISE encounters that world, finds Native Earth humans, Kirk falls victim to an energy field, loses his memory, saves a drowned Native boy, and ends up becoming a tribal 'god' who helps protect the Natives' world from asteroids. He marries into the tribe, then he and his pregnant Native wife are stoned by the tribe when they find he is not a god and in fact does not know how to operate the obelisk that is an asteroid deflector. The wife dies, the crew of the ENTERPRISE saves Kirk, he and Spock learn how to operate the deflector, and the world is saved (see Rules about TV series writing posted under the recent Hawaii 5-0 blog).
When STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION was up and going, my cousin and I decided that 'Paradise Syndrome' needed a sequel and some stereotype emendation at one and the same time. Our story was, "Brothers Of The Blood," wherein a Kiowa member of StarFleet, Benton SkyHorse, had sought a vision and saw the ENTERPRISE meeting in deep space with the now space-going Natives from the World of Miramanee. In the nearly 100 years since the visit by Kirk, the Natives underwent an accelerated cultural evolution after being exposed to advanced technology, realized the 'people from beyond the sky' were humans like themselves, studied the technology of the asteroid deflector in their midst, and then used that knowledge to propel stone spaceships of their own in attempts to find the people of 'The God Who Bled.' Kirk's fallen wife also was seen to have been the mother of her race and so became honored by the planet being named after her, and the people calling themselves 'The People of Miramanee.'
SkyHorse, with his foreknowledge of the ENTERPRISE meeting those people, maneuvers himself through transfers until he is on a world in the path of the ship when it heads on its latest mission, taking humanitarian aid to a former Federation colony. He joins the crew and then SkyHorse and Worf are caught in a dangerous situation when they are shot down by military craft from one of the opposing sides in the conflict. At story's end, Worf and SkyHorse become blood brothers in analogous ceremonies that occur among warrior societies on Earth and on the Klingon home worlds.
Though purchased, the episode was not performed because the producers decided arbitrarily not to do stories about war. *sigh*
All Best
Russ Bates

Not a Sioux said...

Very interesting. Too bad it didn't get reworked to fit "Deep Space Nine", which appeared to have no claims of compunction against "war stories".