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ABOUT WE SHALL REMAIN: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

A groundbreaking mini-series from American Experience, We Shall Remain establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. Five 90-minute documentaries span 300 years to complete the story of pivotal moments in US history from the Native American perspective, upending two-dimensional stereotypes of American Indians as either ferocious warriors or peaceable lovers of the land. Actor Benjamin Bratt narrates.

We Shall Remain: Massasoit

After the Mayflower

Beginning in the 1620s, the Wampanoags and white settlers lived in relative peace in what is now southeastern Massachusetts. But five decades of English immigration, mistreatment, lethal epidemics, and widespread environmental degradation brought the Indians and their way of life to the brink of disaster. After the Mayflower explores the polar strategies — peaceful diplomacy and warfare — the Wampanoag people employed in their struggle to maintain their identity.

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Tecumseh’s Vision

Shawnee warrior Tecumseh rose to become one of the greatest American leaders of all time. With his brother, the prophet Tenskwatawa, Tecumseh organized the most ambitious pan-Indian resistance movement ever mounted to defend the American Indian way of life.

We Shall Remain: Trail of Tears

Trail of Tears

The Cherokee would call it Nu-No-Du-Na-Tlo-Hi-Lu, “The Trail Where They Cried.” Despite decades of struggle to keep their land, in 1838 thousands of Cherokee were forced from their homes in the southeastern United States, driving them toward Indian Territory in eastern Oklahoma. More than 4,000 died of disease and starvation along the way.

We Shall Remain: Geronimo

Geronimo

An indomitable Chiricahua Apache warrior and medicine man, Geronimo is one of the most complex historical figures of the American West. To his supporters, he was the face of proud resistance and defender of traditional Chiricahua ways, but to his detractors — including other Apaches — Geronimo was a vengeful troublemaker whose murderous raids invited violent reprisals against his own people.

We Shall Remain: Wounded Knee

Wounded Knee

On the night of February 27, 1973, 54 cars rolled, horns blaring, into a small hamlet on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Within hours, some 200 Oglala Lakota and American Indian Movement (AIM) activists had seized the few major buildings in town and police had cordoned off the area. Demanding redress for grievances — some going back more than 100 years — the protesters captured the world’s attention for 71 gripping days.

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