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The Great Indian Wars: 1540-1890 - Collectible Tin (2010)

Crazy Horse , Sitting Bull , Various  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Gerinomo, Jack Hanrahan
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2010
  • Run Time: 235 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TTJ5ZU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,916 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Brought to you by the award-winning production company Centre Communications, this series is truly one of a kind and is sure to satisfy history buffs and documentary enthusiasts. This special collectible tin also includes bonus features containing biographies, timelines, rare photographs and maps!

The year 1540 was a crucial turning point in American history. The Great Indian Wars were incited by Francisco Vazquez de Coronado when his expedition to the Great Plains launched the inevitable 350-year struggle between the white man and the American Indians. From that point forward, the series of battles between the military and civilian forces of the United States and the native American Indians began when blood was shed and ultimately tens of thousands of lives were lost on both sides. The Battle of Tippicanoe, the Battle of Horseshoe Band, all three Seminole Wars and the Battle of Little Big Horn were some of the most important conflicts that led up to the last massacre, the Battle of Wounded Knee, where America's landscape would be forever changed!


1. The Indians
Early Indians
Buffalo and Horse
Rise of the Horse Culture
Social Structure

2. The Cavalry
Protecting the Trails
Fort Laramie
The Laramie Treaty
Santa Fe Trail
Kit Carson & the Navajo
Search & Destroy
Buffalo Soldiers

3. The Indian Warrior
Early Indian Conflicts
Later Indian Conflicts
Becoming an Indian Warrior
Indian Weapons
Minnesota Massacre
Sand Creek Massacre

4.Battle for the Northern Plains
The Northern Plains
The Chiefs
1865 Winter Offensive
Red Cloud's War
Chief Roman Nose and the Cheyenne Twilight
Little Big Horn
Wounded Knee

5.Battle for the Southern Plains
The Southern Plains & The Comanche
Council House Fight and the Texas Rangers
Chief Buffalo Hump's War
First Battle of Adobe Walls & the Kiowa Chiefs
The Red River War
The Desert Southwest
Cochise & the Apache Guerillas

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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Quite Decent June 13, 2008
This collection will probably hold little new to those already familiar with Native American history, but such people are sadly few and far between these days. I picked this set up on a whim, due largely to its rock-bottom price and nicely constructed packaging. And I must say, I've been pleasantly surprised. No, the reenactments are not terribly high budget, but the invective elicited from other reviewers seems largely unmerited.

No, the Native tribes are not depicted as sub-human savages, brutes or monsters. But what seems to anger some people is that the Whites are not dehumanized either. The documentaries take great pains to show the motivations, strengths, heroes, villains, foibles, massacres, and misunderstandings on both sides. Both Whites and Natives attack civilians. Both Whites and Native break treaties. Both Whites and Natives attempt to learn from one another and to live in peace. Both White and Natives engage in raiding, conquest, and slave trade. Meanwhile, fair attention is paid to other players, such as the famous and hard-fighting Buffalo Soldiers. Some seem aghast at the fact that this program points out roughly equal numbers of casualties on both sides in the Indian Wars, as if this robbed Native tribes of their victimhood. I just saw it as evidence that the Natives were skilled, brave warriors, who were far more effective against the US military over the years than we are often led to believe.

Previously, many narratives of the Indian Wars portrayed Euro-Americans as chivalrous and noble, while Natives were violent and untrustworthy. In the last generation, that image has been turned on its head.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN INFORMATIVE, INTERESTING DVD April 9, 2011
Having thousands of books, fiction and non fiction, on the American West resting on the shelves I heartily give this DVD a full 5-stars. Anyone reading my other reviews will know I only allow 4-stars for most other things. This DVD and its low price ($2.50 for me, Wal-Mart) makes this one of unbelievable value.

If you are interested in anything concerning the The Indian Wars of the American West from the 1850s through 1890 this will be of great value to you, the DVD also traces some history too from the 1540s, especially concerning the acquisition by the Indians of the plains of the Spanish horses. Using black and white and color this DVD offers a very effective explanation of those troubled times.

One very, excellent DVD which runs several hours.


Semper Fi.
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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars America Was Theirs First March 3, 2010
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This series isn't the most entertaining that you'll watch, but it makes up for this in the important story that it tells. I grew up with limited knowledge of the indiginous inhabitants of our Great Land. I knew of a few tales and legends, but didn't realize that a few times, the tribes came close to ousting the invaders from their lands. The problem for them was that their cultures, though some were quite warlike, weren't as greedy and expansionist as the European's culture.

This series attempts to tell some of the "military" history of many of the Native Tribes. I only wish it had been done more cinematically, rather than with still photographs. If you can tolerate the pace and style, it's well worth the time spent.
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate and racist August 20, 2012
A family member saw this DVD set at a discount store selling for a few bucks. They thought it would interest me because I am a professor of Native American history. I'm always looking for good media to use in my lectures. I appreciate my family member's good intentions, but there is little good I can write about this product. The maps are so grossly simplified as to be wrong. Some of the photographs of individuals are identified incorrectly. The content is inaccurate and, at times, racist in its characterization of American Indian people. At best, the script of this DVD set was researched in dated sources that do not reflect the substantial and wondeful body of scholarship written about Native American History during the last four decades. This is a waste of money. Please see the outstanding series We Shall Remain, which is available for free on a web site maintained by PBS. If you want to purchase DVDs, please go to the web sites of the National Museum of the American Indian, Oyate (a clearing house for educational materials on Indian cultures and histories), and individual tribes, many of whom have tribal historians and cultural heritage centers that have produced much better -- and more accurate -- DVDs.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dry but "Very Informative" July 26, 2011
I am a Historian and can certainly say the Indian Wars DVD is very informative if you can get past the dry monotone voice of the narrator. This goes as far back to their migration from Alaska through Canada and into America. Its a solid documentary and worth owning!
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37 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very incorrect and misguided film series July 30, 2009
I am an American Indian. I am responsible through ceremonies and the words coming out of my mouth to speak truthfully to my relations. While this film has some useful historical observations, it is in essence a paranoid work of propaganda that takes everybody back rather than forward. The film entirely ignores the struggles in the east and southwest, the west coast and the indigenous tribes (Hopi) of the southwest. it leaves out many things. It substitutes an unrelenting narrative to point the finger at all the bad Indians who stood in the way of the United States government. Custer is praised. The Indians were all so very cruel to their captives..... It parades the Indians out as freaks and monsters who deserve all the trouble they get in life. This film is horribly inaccurate and misleading. There is not a single voice of any American Indian dead or alive. the thinking behind this film is very dark, manipulative and incorrect in my view. I have spent more than forty years of my life monitoring, studying and asking questions about the words and images which pass for information about the American Indian. This film series is so retro, it is so unbearably white, which is not a compliment. This film is incorrect in more ways than I have the heart and words to say. In good faith I do say that as an American Indian, and a United States Army Veteran, that this film has a dark agenda. I am deeply sad that it has been made and is being distributed as something factual and historical. I encourage those of you who may know American Indian people to share this film with them and watch their reaction. When will we ever get together and know the real and actual, set us all free truth about these issues?
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