July 12, 2007

Indian added to The War

Burns' series expanding to include Hispanic, American Indian vetsKen Burns, criticized for overlooking the role of Hispanic soldiers in his new World War II documentary, said nearly a half-hour of footage on Hispanic and American Indian veterans is being added to the film.

Profiles of two Hispanics will conclude the first and sixth episodes of the roughly 15-hour, seven-part “The War,” debuting Sept. 23 on PBS, Burns told a news conference. An Indian soldier's story will be at the end of episode five, he said.

4 comments:

russell said...

Writerfella here --
Afterthought, and only because of complaints. If Burns was more or less forced to include ONE Native soldier, who would he pick? In which WWII Theater? If no one is saying whom, then he chose the one most closely documented, including with photos and/or film. 10 to 1, it's Ira Hayes. There are many others, but writerfella will bet you a dollar to a donut, it isn't Cletus Poolaw, a Kiowan. It even could be one of the codetalkers.
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Rob said...

I'd take that bet at even odds. But you're offering 10-to-1 odds? Wow...where do I place my bet?

From what I've read, I'm betting the Indian will be an ordinary vet with no special claim to fame. I'm betting he won't be a codetalker and he definitely won't be Ira Hayes.

Why not? Because he's dead, Jim. I believe they interviewed their subjects and they'd have trouble interviewing Hayes, who died in 1955.

russell said...

Writerfella here --
Please tell writerfella exactly how many Union and Confederate soldiers did Burns interview for THE CIVIL WAR?
Place all bets at the soon-to-be Keechi Hills-Tonkawa Casino...
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Rob said...

As reported in Review of The War, you lost the bet. Pay up.