Why are most movies about the Native American plight so irredeemably dull? Why do the characters always speak in a stilted cadences like the phony Chinese in DRAGON SEED (1944)? Why do these well-intentioned "noble savage" odes begin by memorializing the rebellious Indians but end up
embalming their spirit?
Throughout the 18th century, Native Americans had been systematically uprooted by the settlers and pushed further West. Always the pawn in other peoples' wars, the Shawnee finally find a voice of resistance in Tecumseh (Jesse Borrego), who battled the United States for several decades. Although
tribal elders dicker over peace treaties, and Tecumseh's own mot...