By Roscoe Pond
The Pequot Indian Nation put up an estimated $700,000 dollars to produce "Naturally Native." Valerie Red-Horse was the director and she was also a co-star in the film. It was touted as the first "all native female production ever made in Hollywood." Red-Horse brought the film to festivals, Indian reservations and to Europe. She even created a line of hair products named after the film. It screened at Paramount studios in front of the Hollywood community. It never found a U.S. distributor and went straight to home video. The film won several First Americans in the Arts Awards, but received mixed to bad reviews. Native filmmakers were passing around a "Naturally Native" home video tape. Their response was total laughter. Several native actors who were in the film had claimed they weren't and distanced themselves from it.
For more on Naturally Native, visit the official website. For more on movies in general, see The Best Indian Movies.