THE RED ROAD is a hard-hitting drama that revolves around a local cop struggling to keep his family together while policing two clashing communities: the small town where he grew up and the neighboring mountains, home of a Native American tribe. After a terrible tragedy and coverup occurs involving the cop’s wife an unholy alliance is forged between the cop and an ex-con, a dangerous member of the tribe that will come back to haunt all involved.
Starring Jason Momoa (Samoan and Native American)
As far as the other cast, I see Kiowa Gordon (Twilight, The Lesser Blessed) Victor Gage (Anchorman 2) and Zahn McClarnon (Into the West) those look like they are the main Native cast. I see no Native women in the cast, unless Katy Purnell is Native?
I tend to try and keep up to date in what is happening in pop culture, so when I heard Brian Griffen from Family Guy died, I decided to watch the episode. (PS I thought Brian Griffen was the dad, not the dog)
Well, the start of the episode was really interesting (super offensive, but let’s be real this is not the first time Family Guy has been offensive.. to everyone)
It started with Stewie and Brian running down the street with a jeep full of Native shooting at them. Jokes about smoke signals blah blah. You then see the town full of Natives, and the characters explaining what happened. Stewie traveled back in time to 17th Century Jamestown and gave ‘guns to the Indians’
'The Indians killed all the White people and took over America”
They then head into town, which is full of Native Americans.
"You know it actually looks like the Native Americans have done well for themselves, they seem to have a lot of shops" Pans over to a Jean Jacket shop.
Then the Native medical care joke, which apparently we do yoga to cure people?
And then of course there is a ‘Heya Heya Heya” joke.
They then discuss going back to Jamestown to change what happened. They also talk about a ‘White Reservation”
"Otherwise they are going to kill us"
"Or stick us on some white people reservation"
At White People Reservation
White people on stoop. Natives in car, one tries to give money to White ppl
"Don’t give them money, they will just spend it on deviled eggs"
They then head to the Family Guy house which is now converted into a teepee. They look in and see the above picture. Jokes about corn, jokes about buffalo.
"You know how we like to take things back from you people, well we are going to go ahead and take these back"
Back to real time
"Everything looks like it should"
"There is only one way to be certain, let’s do a quick search here (on computer) Native American Role Models….Zero results found. Looks like we did it Brian"
THE AMERICAN HERITAGE BOOK OF INDIANS adapted by ANNE TERRY WHITE - A RANDOM HOUSE BOOK
INTRODUCTION - JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
For a subject worked and reworked so often in novels, motion pictures, and television, American Indian remain probably the least understood and most misunderstood Americans of us all.
American Indians defy any single description. They were and are far too individualistic. They shared no common language and few common customs. But collectively their history is our history and should be part of our shared and remembered heritage. Yet even their heroes are largely unknown to other Americans, particularly in the eastern states, except perhaps for such figures as Chief Joseph and his Nez Perce warriors of the 1870’s, Osceola and his magnificent, betrayed Seminoles of the 1830’s, and possibly Sacagawea, and Shoshoni “bird woman” who guided the lost Lewis and Clark expedition through the mountain passes on Montana.
When we forget great contributors to our American history-when we neglect the heroic past of the American Indian-we thereby weaken our own heritage. We need to remember the contributions our forefathers found here and from which they borrowed liberally.
When the Indians controlled the balance of power, the settlers from Europe were forced to consider their views, and to deal with them by treaties and to her instruments. The pioneers found that Indians in the Southeast had developed a high civilization with safeguards for ensuring the peace. A northern extension of that civilization, the League of the Iroquois, inspired Benjamin Franklin to copy it in planning the federation of States.
But when the American Indians lost their power, they were placed on reservations, frequently lands which were strange to them, and the rest of the nation turned its attention to her matters.
Our treatment of Indians during that period still affects the national conscience. We have been hampered-by the history of our relationship with the Indians-in our efforts to develop a fair national policy governing present and future treatment of Indians under their special relationship with the Federal government.
Before we can set out on the road to success, we have to know where we are going, and before we can know that we must determine where we have been in the past. Is seems a basic requirement to study the history of our Indian people America has much to learn about the heritage of our American Indians. Only through this study can we as a nation do what must be done if our treatment of the American Indian is not to be marked down for all time as a national disgrace.
I has the opportunity this week to watch “Apache Chronicle” which is a documentary about members of Apache Skateboards at the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival. The thing that caught my attention in the movie was them talking about Lozen, a female warrior.
Lozen was the sister of mighty Apache war leader Victorio, and the most famous of the Apache War Women. Lozen was born in a section of New Mexico/Arizona/Northern Mexico known at that time as Apacheria, somewhere in the 1840s. She let it be known at a very early age that she had no interest in learning the women’s duties of the tribe, and set out on the warrior’s path - taught by her famous brother.
Lozen was quite unlike her counterpart, Dahteste. Lozen had no concern for her appearance and, even though she is in several famous photos of Geronimo with his warriors, there is nothing to indicate that she is a woman. You would never spot her. She was very manly in her appearance, dressed like a man, lived and fought like a man. She never married, and devoted her life to the service of her people.
At her puberty ceremony, Lozen was given the power to find the enemy which she did by going alone to a deserted spot, praying with her arms outstretched and her open palms heavenward. As she prayed, she turned until she felt a tingling in her palms and knew that she had found the direction of the enemy. She could tell the distance of the enemy by the intensity of the tingling.
In addition to her considerable skill as a warrior, Lozen was also a skilled reconnaissance scout and clever battle strategist. She took part in warrior’s ceremonies, sang war songs, and directed the dances of the war parties before going into battle. Before one of their major battles, it is written that Lozen made the members of the party swear that, should her beloved brother Victorio be killed, they would eat his body rather than have it fall into enemy hands. Victorio survived.
In addition to all of these talents, Lozen was also a gifted medicine woman, seer and shaman. Her guidance was sought by many far and wide, and her advice to them was always true. It was while performing her duties as a medicine woman for a Mescalero woman in childbirth that she was not able to perform her usual rituals prior to her band going into battle. Because they did not know the enemy’s whereabouts, the band was ambushed, and Victorio was killed. Many of her people believed that such a tragedy would not have befallen them had Lozen been available for guidance.
Lozen was the other war woman who eventually rode with Geronimo and, with Dahteste, convinced him to surrender to the white military. She was also taken to the prison in Florida, and later was transported to Mount Vernon Barracks in Alabama. Lozen died there, presumably of tuberculosis, at the approximate age of 50.