Red Man's View film to be a revelation in history and to the plight of Native Americans.
Thomas R. Bond II will produce and direct the drama, who is slated to star Michael Spears (Into the West), Eddie Spears (Black Cloud, Comanche Moon), Nathan Lee Chasing Horse (Dances with Wolves, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee), Elaine Miles (Northern Exposure, Smoke Signals) and Billy Drago (The Untouchables, Charmed).
The film is set in 1864 during the end of the Civil War in the northwestern territories of California. The story of a tribe that is a branch of the Shoshone. For thousands of years they inhabited a peaceful and beautiful immense valley with huge trees and giant waterfalls. The tribe consists of a the elder Chief, the leader of the Shoshone branch tribe, his son Silver Eagle, and his son's betrothed Minewanna, the most beautiful female of the entire tribe. During the (Native American) "Indian" relocation period, Union squatters and the Union government are taking away all of the tribal lands. This tribe is eventually displaced from their peaceful valley by US Union soldiers, and their native land taken from them. They move on to another area, but again are displaced and forced to move again by the soldiers and squatters. But among the white men, there is a stranger who is not part of the squatters, and this is when the day of reckoning comes.
Bond states: "We are very excited and honored to do a film this true to form and intense about the plight of Native Americans. It is long overdue." The last drama of this genre that was produced was the classic "Dances with Wolves" over 20 years ago.
And "the last drama of this genre" was Dances with Wolves? Which genre is that...historical dramas about Indians? Dances with Wolves is the last one if you exclude Squanto, Pocahontas, Geronimo: An American Tale, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Hidalgo, Dreamkeeper, Into the West, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Comanche Moon, and several others.
But this may be the first historical drama about California's Indians since the stories of Ramona, Zorro, Ishi, and Willie Boy. I can't think of a movie that's told a tribal story about California's Indians from a tribal perspective. In that regard, this movie may be a first.
For more on the subject, see The Best Indian Movies.