New Movie, “Hostiles” — Profound Respect for Native Culture

Scott Cooper’s Hostiles, Starring Wes Studi, Rosamund Pike and Christian Bale is a flawless portrayal of an unflinching, vicious and unforgiving America in 1892.

❝ In countless movie reviews, many of you have undoubtedly heard the term “sitting on the edge of my seat,” to describe a movie that might be cutting edge, causing tension, or even outrage. In this movie Hostiles, I was literally watching this movie, sitting on the edge of my seat, the entire time…

I felt outrage at the reality, laughed at the humanity and grieved for the brutal truth that existed in the world of 1892. I didn’t expect this from this movie as I went into it waiting for the same stale stereotypes often portrayed in westerns or civil war films … Soldiers hate Indians, Indians hate the soldiers. Settlers fear the Indians, everybody tries to kill each other, the end.

Read this whole review by Vincent Schilling. Useful commentary as well as incentive to see the film. Which I shall.

7 thoughts on “New Movie, “Hostiles” — Profound Respect for Native Culture

  1. Bilagáana says:

    33 Edward Curtis portraits of Native Americans in the early 20th Century http://all-that-is-interesting.com/edward-curtis-native-american-photos Over 30 years Curtis took 40,000 pictures of the members of almost 100 Indian tribes in the western third of the United States and Alaska. He reproduced around 2,200 of them for “The North American Indian”, published between 1907 and 1930. He also recorded songs and speech from about 80 tribes, all in their native languages.

  2. Chimayóso says:

    “Bad blood at tribal boundaries (Santa Fe New Mexican Jan 27, 2018) http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/bad-blood-at-tribal-boundaries/article_fe2569a0-32ad-5cd4-9db8-c8e163d7c1a4.html “…Once brushed aside, New Mexico’s Native Americans are flexing their newfound political, financial and legal muscle more than ever before – and it’s rubbing some people the wrong way.
    “In 2018, we’re no longer fighting with stones, bows, arrows or fists,” said state Rep. Derrick Lente, who is Native American. “Our fights today in tribal nations in the state and across the nation are fought with our brains, with our hearts and with our tongues. When people start understanding that we can wage those battles the same way that they’re waged against us, that’s the turning point.”

    • Bill says:

      “Ten years of animosity between tribal governments and union organizers led up to a meltdown of bipartisan efforts to pass the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act on Monday. The bill, which would have excluded tribal governments from legislation allowing workers to unionize or strike, failed to receive the votes in the Senate it needed to pass. State and federal governments are already excluded from the National Labor Relations Act, and until recently tribal governments — being sovereign nations — were as well. But that changed in 2004, thanks to the law’s vague wording.” http://nmpoliticalreport.com/829982/labor-concerns-trump-tribal-sovereignty-in-congress/

    • Bilagáana says:

      New Mexico Could Elect First Native American Woman to Congress (NYT) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/06/us/deb-haaland-new-mexico-congress.html In an explicitly progressive campaign emphasizing her criticism of Mr. Trump on matters ranging from immigration to tribal sovereignty, Ms. Haaland, 57, shook New Mexico’s political establishment by sailing to a primary victory on Tuesday over five Democratic opponents in a district encompassing Albuquerque, which was a Republican bastion for 40 years since its creation in 1969. Some voters attributed Ms. Haaland’s win, which may position her favorably in the general election against Janice Arnold-Jones, a Republican, to her pioneering effort to frame issues from a Native American perspective in a state long dominated by Anglo and Hispanic politicians.”

  3. Victor Daniels says:

    CLEVELAND — Divisive and hotly debated, the Chief Wahoo logo is being removed from the Indians’ uniform next year. http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/22255143/cleveland-indians-removing-chief-wahoo-logo-uniforms After lengthy discussions between team owner Paul Dolan and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, the Indians are shelving the big-toothed, smiling, red-faced caricature, which has been used in used in various expressions by the team since 1947.

  4. Great White Father says:

    The Gruesome Story of Hannah Duston, Whose Slaying of Indians Made Her an American Folk “Hero” (Smithsonian 4/9/18) https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/gruesome-story-hannah-duston-american-colonist-whose-slaying-indians-made-her-folk-hero-180968721/ “On a small island north of Concord, New Hampshire, stands a 25-foot-tall granite statue of Hannah Duston, an English colonist taken captive by Native Americans in 1697, during King William’s War. Erected in 1874, the statue bears close resemblance to contemporary depictions of Columbia, the popular “goddess of liberty” and female allegorical symbol of the nation, except for what she holds in her hands: in one, a tomahawk; in the other, a fistful of human scalps.
    Though she’s all but forgotten today, Hannah Duston was probably the first American woman to be memorialized in a public monument, and this statue is one of three built in her honor between 1861 and 1879. The mystery of why Americans came to see patriotic “heroism” in Duston’s extreme—even gruesome—violence, and why she became popular more than 100 years after her death, helps explain how the United States sees itself in world conflicts today.”

  5. Redskins says:

    “A mom on a college tour called the cops on two Native American teens because they made her ‘nervous'” (CNN) https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/04/us/colorado-state-university-racial-profiling-trnd/index.html
    ‘They don’t belong’: police called on Native American teens on college tour (Guardian UK) https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/04/native-american-students-colorado-state-college-tour-police
    “CSU police release video, audio of alleged racial profiling incident on campus” (The Coloradoan) https://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2018/05/04/colorado-state-university-police-body-cam-video-shows-response-native-american-students/581924002/

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