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.

36 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.

    • The rest is silence says:

      Los Angeles, 1960. “Sioux tribal leaders on the TV show ‘This Is Your Life’, with actor Vincent Price, chairman of the Department of the Interior’s Indian Arts and Crafts Board. Left to right: Chief Iron ‘Gus’ Shell Necklace (Brulé Sioux); Chief Howard Bad Bear and Chief Henry Weasel (Oglala Sioux; survivors of the Wounded Knee Massacre); Chief Ben American Horse; Chief Frank Kicking Bear (Minnicoujou); and Chief John Saul (Yanktonai).”

  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.”

  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/

  6. Hohóyawtu says:

    Over 3,000 Native American athletes have paid tribute to Quartermaster Lori Piestewa, the first Indigenous female U.S. soldier to be killed in combat, on the 15th anniversary of her death.
    The legacy of the 23-year-old Hopi woman lived on with the Saturday celebration of the 2018 Fiesta Bowl Lori Piestewa National Native American Games, which brings together over 50 Native American communities. The annual event takes place in Scottsdale Arizona over the course of two days while athletes compete in basketball, volleyball, youth baseball, softball, cross country, and track and field. https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Indigenous-Honor-First-Female-Native-American-Killed-In-Combat-20180721-0022.html

  7. Wasi'chu says:

    “Woman Walks Ahead” tells story of activist famous for Sitting Bull paintings (Bismarck Tribune SD Jul 26, 2018) https://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/flick-tells-story-of-activist-famous-for-sitting-bull-paintings/article_6821f13c-fb00-5a4d-9918-b7b8e501eeed.html
    In 1889 Caroline “Catherine” Weldonan, an artist and activist living in New York, journeyed to what is now the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, stretching across the Dakotas, where she befriended Sitting Bull and created four paintings of the Indian chief — one of which hangs in the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum’s Inspiration Gallery.
    “How a Brooklyn widow became the Victorian era’s ‘Hanoi Jane’” (NY Post June 28, 2018) https://nypost.com/2018/06/28/how-a-brooklyn-widow-became-the-victorian-eras-hanoi-jane/

  8. 4theRecord says:

    “Stunning Photos Of The Crow Tribe Taken Just Before Their Culture Was All But Stamped Out ” https://allthatsinteresting.com/crow-tribe “These one-of-a-kind early 20th-century photos depict the Crow tribe as their way of life was on the verge of changing forever.
    Richard Throssel was a member of the tribe. He’d been born a Cree (one of the largest native populations of Canada) in 1882, but after he moved onto the Crow Reservation in Montana in 1902, the Crow tribe accepted him as one of their own.
    From 1902 to 1911, Throssel lived among the Crow tribe as one of them, photographing the lives of some of the last great Native American warriors.”

  9. ᏗᏘᏲᎯᎯ says:

    “On Aug. 28, 1999, a man named Patrick Murphy murdered George Jacobs, and he was subsequently tried and sentenced to death. Both Murphy and Jacobs are Native American citizens. Murphy’s public defender made the argument in 2004 that the murder occurred on Native American reservation territory, and that the state of Oklahoma could not make a decision on the case due to the fact that only the federal government and Native American tribes have the authority to prosecute crimes on this jurisdiction.
    In 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit sided with Murphy in the case, but the state of Oklahoma appealed, passing Murphy v. Carpenter along to the Supreme Court.
    If the Supreme Court agrees with the 10th Circuit court, the result would be the most significant restoration of tribal jurisdiction over Native American land in U.S. history. The court is essentially going to determine “whether the 1866 territorial boundaries of the Creek Nation… constitutes an ‘Indian reservation today.”
    Those territorial boundaries, if upheld, would give Native American tribes jurisdiction over approximately half of Oklahoma’s land [including the entire city of Tulsa], which would reduce the state government’s authority by half as well.” https://allthatsinteresting.com/half-oklahoma-land-cherokee-nation
    See also SCOTUS argument preview re: Carpenter v. Murphy, “Justices to turn again to rules for disestablishing tribal reservations” https://www.scotusblog.com/2018/11/argument-preview-justices-to-turn-again-to-rules-for-disestablishing-tribal-reservations/

    • Update says:

      (7/9/20): The Supreme Court said Thursday that a large swath of eastern Oklahoma, including Tulsa, is Native American land for purposes of federal criminal law in a decision that the state argued could call into question thousands of state prosecutions for serious crimes.
      Justice Neil Gorsuch penned the 5-4 opinion joined by the liberals on the bench.
      “Today we are asked whether the land these treaties promised remains an Indian reservation for purposes of federal criminal law,” said Gorsuch, who was appointed by President Donald Trump. “Because Congress has not said otherwise, we hold the government to its word,” he said.
      Under the law, crimes involving Native Americans on a reservation are under federal, not state, jurisdiction.
      The unique case represented the opportunity for the Supreme Court to weigh in on the limits of tribal sovereignty and revisit the country’s horrific history of displacing native tribes from their land. https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/09/politics/tribal-territory-supreme-court-ruling/index.html The court heard a similar challenge to eastern Oklahoma’s territorial boundaries last term but was unable to come to a final decision after Gorsuch recused himself.

  10. yáʼátʼééh says:

    ‘Decolonise and re-indigenise’: The Ojibwe language warrior
    Anton Treuer is part of a movement of indigenous Americans reclaiming the power and authority of their people. https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/indigenise-ojibwe-language-warrior-191217070515895.html
    How ‘Baby Shark’ is Helping Save Navajo Language https://www.voanews.com/usa/how-baby-shark-helping-save-navajo-language
    Star Wars in Navajo – Cantina Scene [followed by several other examples] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g08gRM3dUK0&feature=emb_logo

  11. Chimayóso says:

    “Native Americans have long been Hollywood outsiders. That’s changing in New Mexico” (LA Times) https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2020-03-13/new-mexico-production-boom-gives-native-americans-first-stake-in-hollywood
    “As New Mexico Filming Booms, First-Ever Native American-Owned Film Studio Opens” (Variety) https://variety.com/2020/biz/news/camel-rock-studios-new-mexico-news-of-the-world-universal-1203533796/
    “Redskin” (1929) Filmed on location at Acoma Pueblo, White Sands and Gallup, New Mexico, and Canyon de Chelly, Arizona. http://www.moviediva.com/MD_root/reviewpages/MDRedskin.htm

  12. News item says:

    “President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Deb Haaland, a Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico, to serve as the first Native American interior secretary in a historic pick for a department that oversees the country’s vast natural resources, including tribal lands.
    A member of Pueblo of Laguna, Haaland, 60, would become the first descendant of the original people to populate North America to serve as a Cabinet secretary. It marks a turning point for a 171-year-old institution that has often had a fraught relationship with 574 federally recognized tribes.
    The first-term House member, who hails from a top oil- and gas-producing state, has pledged to transform the department from a champion of fossil fuel development into a promoter of renewable energy and policies to mitigate climate change.
    Interior, which manages roughly one-fifth of land in the United States, will play a critical role in delivering on Biden’s vow to combat global warming. https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/12/17/deb-haaland-interior-secretary-biden/
    Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico – Home of the Kawaik People https://www.legendsofamerica.com/nm-laguna/

  13. Eyemo says:

    Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio met with Osage Nation cultural leaders earlier this week at the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve in Bartlesville to talk about the making of the long-awaited big-budget adaptation of “Killers of the Flower Moon.” https://oklahoman.com/article/5683102/martin-scorsese-and-leonardo-dicaprio-meet-with-osage-nation-leaders-about-killers-of-the-flower-moon-and-5-more-oklahoma-film-and-tv-headlines
    According to the Osage News, the Oscar winners met Monday with several Osage leaders, including Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear and Chad Renfro, who is the Osage Nation’s ambassador to the film, as the project gears up to begin filming at long last in Oklahoma.
    As previously reported, filming on the fact-based movie – which was delayed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic – will commence in spring in the Tulsa, Bartlesville and Osage County areas. The meeting represented Scorsese’s return to Oklahoma – he previously met with tribal leaders and did location scouting last year in Osage country – after the project was paused last year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

  14. Great White Father™️ says:

    “Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) in an interview late Monday said he “misspoke” during recent remarks dismissing the influence of Native American culture on the U.S.” https://thehill.com/homenews/media/551621-santorum-on-comments-about-native-american-culture-i-misspoke
    “Rick Santorum could not have been more wrong about Native American contributions to U.S. culture” https://buffalonews.com/opinion/erik-brady-rick-santorum-could-not-have-been-more-wrong-about-native-american-contributions-to/article_5999dad6-a8e3-11eb-b440-475869efd047.html
    “We birthed a nation from nothing,” Santorum said. “I mean, there was nothing here. I mean, yes, we have Native Americans. But candidly there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture.”
    p/s: The Iroquois Confederacy or Haudenosaunee is still in operation and it is the oldest living, continuing, participatory democracy in the world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iroquois#Iroquois_Confederacy

  15. Footnote says:

    When Marlon Brando was named best actor for his performance as Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s best picture winner “The Godfather” (1972), a 26-year-old Sacheen Littlefeather (Apache/Yaqui/AZ) took the stage to decline the prize on behalf of the actor. She was lambasted with an avalanche of boos from the audience, racist gestures such as “tomahawk chops” and threatened with violence offstage.
    Fifty years later, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is apologizing for the treatment she received that evening, in addition to holding a special program and conversation titled “An Evening with Sacheen Littlefeather” on Sept. 17.

    “[Brando] very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award,” Littlefeather said in her improvised non-acceptance speech, knowing she would not have time to read from the actor’s eight typed pages of prepared remarks. “And the reasons for this being are the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry [the audience begins to boo] — excuse me — and on television in movie reruns, and also with recent happenings at Wounded Knee.” (A month before the ceremony, the activist organization American Indian Movement had occupied the South Dakota town of Wounded Knee to protest the sustained mistreatment of Native Americans, a standoff that at the time of Littlefeather’s televised appearance at the Oscars was under a U.S. Department of Justice-imposed media blackout.)

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