Where Native America meets pop culture
Writerfella here -- I hope this PBS effort winds up better than the one done in the 1980s, especially where it concerns the Kiowas. In that series of short documentaries, the filmmakers were waylaid and sidetracked by another 'tribe' in this area, the so-called Kiowa-Apaches. As a result, the material gathered from the Kiowa tribe itself got edited down, or ignored and overlooked, and the segment dealt mostly with the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, with their ostensible great chiefs and warriors and magnificent 'history' showcased before the nation. The "Kiowa-Apaches" arise from a small band of tribal castoffs and exiles who attached themselves to the Kiowas and followed them on their migrations after the buffalo herds, literally living off the scraps and trash of the Kiowa tribe. Finally, a Kiowa tribal meeting was held and the ragtags were discussed. There was no honor in killing the 'caw-ons', or 'poor ones' and if they were driven away, they only would return later. It was decided that the little band, never more than 50, could follow the tribe but they were told that they never could enter the camp proper, they were not to let their children mix in with or marry Kiowa children, and they were not to interfere with any Kiowa hunts or ceremonies. Thereafter, the castoff people survived all the way until the time the Kiowas were captured by the Army. Since the larger number of them spoke Apache, they were named the Kiowa-Apaches and put on what came to be called the Kiowa, Comanche, Wichita, and Apache reservation. When the reservation was broken up, they also received 160 acres of that land for each Apache member then alive. Today, they are a part of the KCA confederation and number a little over 500. They even opened their own casino here in Anadarko last July. The 'history' they gave to the PBS filmmakers totally was bogus and they even used the Kiowa term for them as their given name, the Na-Ih-Shah. Translated from the Kiowan, it mean 'thieves.' Here's hoping...All BestRuss Bates'writerfella'
Sounds like whatever you call them, they had a pretty tough time.
All the documentaries I've seen about Indians in recent years have been good. By that I mean not blatantly biased or stereotypical. You never know, but I doubt PBS will do a half-assed job on this one.
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