Children of the Long-Beaked Bird
Portrait of a modern Native American family that erases old stereotypes.
A fascinating portrait of a modern Native American family that erases the stereotype made infamous by Westerns. It shows the daily life of 12-year-old Dominic Old Elk, who is proud of his Indian heritage, but is part of young America, too. Dominic is a Crow Indian. His great-great-grandfather was one of the scouts who warned General Custer not to attack the large force of Sioux and Cheyenne camped by the banks of the Little Big Horn.
Produced by Peter Davis and Swedish Television
A film by Amanda Fox, Burton Fox, John Hoskyns-Abrahall, and Winifred Scherrer
Starting with a concise review of Native American life and history, children (and adults) learn to accept and appreciate another American culture by following the daily activities of one of their peers: at a throbbing Hand Game and an all-Indian Rodeo, riding in a pick-up to the sacred mountains and rounding up horses in springtime, scraping teepee poles and studying in school, parading at Crow Fair and watching TV.
Grade Level: 2-9, Adult
US Release Date: 1976
Copyright Date: 1976
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-917-8
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-313-6
"Authentic, historical overview...deals frankly but sensitively with injustices...colorful action scenes...effective aid to developing appreciation of another culture."
Materials Review Center, North Carolina Dept. of Public Instruction
"A very pleasant film...Native American eighth grade students viewing this film thought it was very good and wanted to see more films like it in the future... a good film for added material on the American Indian, anthropology, or human relations."
"The viewer will gain
"Authentic, historical overview...effective aid to developing appreciation of another culture." Materials Review Center, North Carolina Dept. of Public Instruction
www.villonfilms.com (Peter Davis' web site)
Awards and Festivals
American Film Festival
The Learning AV Awards
Merit Award, Chicagoland Educational Film Festival
Native American Film Festival
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