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I wonder how many people know that during the Depression when other races of people were just hungry and homeless, Indian peoples across America- some people literally starved to death. On the bottom economically. Only 75 years ago! In our country?
The connection of the people to the land and nature was very evident, but, understated, and they were not stereotyped as turning into mystical beings, but, rather, being one with the beauty around them- poor but rooted there. My humble Grandparents also took me to rock ledges and the woods to pray. Showed reverence for all living things.
Someone has mentioned that characters were stereotyped as typical of mountain people. I would like to say that one of the reasons I like this movie is that I was very moved by the way a filmmaker set down scenes and family interractions that I experienced. There are people still alive who I have known well, who are good nurturing souls like the Grandparents and John Willow. Even now, in Hollers and on country cowpaths, there are folks like these, believe me.Read more ›
I actually liked the way the child got involved in the moonshining action, showing how it's hard to define activities as "good" or "bad." Many citizens believe the moonshine laws did more harm than good, like the war on drugs today.
I also liked the way the movie gave us an ending that was satisfying but not sugary. Bad things happen. The child was learning to differentiate between nature's cruelty and invented human cruelty.
And I don't think the whites were stereotyped as bad. The grandfather and his fellow moonshiners were a great bunch. The church scene was a little extreme but offered some much-needed comic relief.
Why four stars and not five? After watching the video, I learned the author's story, and I felt a little cheated. But after reading reviews by native Americans and Cherokees, it's reassuring to know the film managed to tell an accurate story. When I lived in Alaska, I heard many horror stories about the way governmet treated Native Americans. No surprises on that score.
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Great story teller. Would have liked more of little trees life after the hills . At times the truth was really sad.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was an excellent movie in regard to the message of tolerance and respect of cultures However, I had to skip over many parts due to offensive language. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sunni sosna-kelty
Anyone who is in education needs to see this film. It explains a lot about early education in our country and why it has evolved into this type of state. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Lampos
Since my family went threw this and I was raised by my grandmother it brought back many fond memories. I am Nor Rel Muk Wintu from Trinity County in far northern California.Published 4 months ago by Ted Dawson
Very good movie. Sad to see how the Native Americans were treatedPublished 4 months ago by jessica chinchilla
This is a very insiring movie that speakes to the heritage of the cherokee people living in the mountains of north carolina. And is reccommend to all our tribe.Published 10 months ago by Jim Wilson