Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

The Epic Fall of the American Indian

DVD - 2007
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Begins powerfully with the Sioux triumph over General Custer at Little Big Horn and goes on to center around three powerful men. Charles Eastman is a young, Dartmouth-educated Sioux doctor. Sitting Bull is the proud Lakota chief who refuses to submit to U.S. government policies designed to strip his people of their identity, dignity and sacred land. Senator Henry Dawes is one of the men responsible for the government policy on Indian affairs. While Eastman and schoolteacher Elaine Goodale work to improve live for the Sioux on the reservation, Senator Dawes lobbies President Grant for kinder Indian treatment
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : HBO Video ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2007
ISBN: 9780783154510
0783154518
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (135 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Other Standard Identifier: 026359422126

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MontMoroc
Aug 14, 2017

A very moving account as to what happened during the "relocation" of different tribes, the main characters make it easy to get very involved in this movie, and even though you know what happened historically, the actors bring the story to life so you will feel as though you are there too. Very well written & acted. Some interesting perspectives are offered in this production.

7duffy Jun 30, 2015

Well made, but long and drawn out. Did not hold my interest, like the book did, but still interesting, being told from the Native American perspective.

madison382 Sep 21, 2013

interesting story

kevfarley Sep 04, 2013

An interesting and excellent history-as-story balanced re-telling of the clash between the established Sioux empire and the new and expanding American one.
Economic depression + discovered gold = trampled treaty + cultural genocide.

jennrose May 21, 2013

The socially responsible thing to do is read the book, and i promise i will, but i'm just never in the mood for devastation, heartbreak and atrocity. I do feel it is our duty as Americans to take an honest look at the ugly side of our history, even if just through an HBO film. The movie is very good and heartbreaking as well, and it is certainly a good introduction to the topic of the genocide of Native Americans. Very sad but important to be aware of it. You will not even notice how long the film is because it is rather gripping. The soft hearted among us should have their kleenex at hand.

aaa5756 Apr 05, 2013

Very well done and interesting documentary movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding no falling asleep on this one. A++ DVD

soblessed59 Jan 24, 2013

Excellent but heart-breaking film shows again how white Europeans are masters at man's inhumanity to man!
It really amazes me how many disgusting and shameful incidents are the history of America's past[like the government's genocide of the American Indians, eugenics program,slavery,internment camps,ect.ect.ect]. Things that are never taught in the BS history we get fed in school which is total malarkey! Makes me ashamed of my white European heritage,and the lies and atrocities around the world continue to this very day!

This film only slightly touches on the government's policy of stealing the land and destroying the culture of this nation's native people.Actually more was in the bonus extras DVD, how the children were taken from their parents and put in those mission boarding schools,and had their hair cut off and beaten if they spoke their native tongue,and forced to accept the white man's religion. Another example of just how despicable people treat others under the cloak of religion.

It is still a decent film,and certainly more eye-opening than the lies in the school books!

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sgbirley
Jul 11, 2012

This DVD is somewhat good as I heard the different story about the Deaf Indian who started shooting that caused the misunderstood incident. I will read the book. That way I will understand completely.

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Monolith
Mar 10, 2012

This 'chapter' is a despicable, widely forgotten abomination in the history book of this country. Unfortunately, never to be forgotten by the descendants of these once proud native people. Branded as "savages", corralled, tortured, starved, and slaughtered worse than livestock, in the name of being made "civilized". What a bitter legacy. ..."Savages"... A very moving portrayal.

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aaa5756 Apr 05, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

aaa5756 Apr 05, 2013

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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Monolith
Mar 10, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Blackmun (referencing the 1980 ruling that the 1876 seizure of the Black Hills violated treaties signed with the Sioux): "A more ripe and rank case of dishonorable dealings will never, in all probability, be found in our history."

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Monolith
Mar 10, 2012

Old blind Indian: "Bluecoat - you whites use many weapons against us. Do not have such a bad heart about it. We have always feared your guns... the least..."

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Monolith
Mar 10, 2012

Opening narrator (Indian Proverb): "It is easy to be brave from a distance." "Easy... and often quite safe. Once, there was no honor in killing. Only necessity. Honor came with true courage. But that day... is long gone..."

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Mar 10, 2012

Sen. Henry Dawes: "The Indian must own his own piece of Earth, Charles." Dr. Charles Eastman: "Did you know that there is no word in the Sioux language for that, sir?" Sen. Henry Dawes: "For what?" Dr. Charles Eastman: "To "own the Earth." Not in any native language." Sen. Henry Dawes: "Well, then perhaps you should invent one."

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