August 24, 2006

Baby-bashing movie in development

Hollywood likes Colonial woman's storySeveral independent moviemakers and scriptwriters are interested in bringing controversial Colonial heroine Hannah Duston to the big screen.

Duston made history March 15, 1697, when she was kidnapped by Abenaki Indians, who killed her infant daughter by bashing the baby’s head against a tree. Two weeks later on March 30, Duston escaped with her nursemaid and a young boy from an island in the middle of the Merrimack River near present-day Concord, N.H., by killing and scalping as many as 10 of her captors.

In a version of the story by the Abenaki tribe, Duston is more blood-thirsty murderess and less victim. In the Abenaki account, she befriended members of the tribe, got several of them drunk and then slaughtered them with a hatchet as they slept.
Comment:  Yeah, good idea. We don't have enough movies portraying Indians as ruthless savages.

Wonder which version of the story the filmmakers will use? Anyone want to bet on #2?

If the filmmakers were fair, they'd tell why Indians occasionally attacked settlers: because the settlers were encroaching on Indian land.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Make a movie out of this baby incident instead:

That renewed respect [by Leonard Wabasha for his ancestor Chief Wapasha III] came when soldiers were marching Indians from Mankato to an internment camp near Fort Snelling after the conflict. Someone in a mob near Henderson grabbed and killed an Indian baby as they marched past. "Chief Wabasha told the soldiers they were going to stop and bury the baby properly. His people respected him standing up to the soldiers. He stayed with his people during and after the conflict."