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.

20 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 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) “…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. 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) “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)
    ‘They don’t belong’: police called on Native American teens on college tour (Guardian UK)
    “CSU police release video, audio of alleged racial profiling incident on campus” (The Coloradoan)

  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.

  7. Wasi'chu says:

    “Woman Walks Ahead” tells story of activist famous for Sitting Bull paintings (Bismarck Tribune SD Jul 26, 2018)
    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)

  8. 4theRecord says:

    “Stunning Photos Of The Crow Tribe Taken Just Before Their Culture Was All But Stamped Out ” “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.”
    See also SCOTUS argument preview re: Carpenter v. Murphy, “Justices to turn again to rules for disestablishing tribal reservations”

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