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Dakota 38 Cover Image DVD DVD

Dakota 38

Summary: "In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller, a Native spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran, found himself in a dream riding on horseback across the great plains of South Dakota. Just before he awoke, he arrived at a riverbank in Minnesota and saw 38 of his Dakota ancestors hanged. At the time, Jim knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history, ordered by Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862. "When you have dreams, you know when they come from the creator... As any recovered alcoholic, I made believe that I didn't get it. I tried to put it out of my mind, yet it's one of those dreams that bothers you night and day." Now, four years later, embracing the message of the dream, Jim and a group of riders retrace the 330-mile route of his dream on horseback from Lower Brule, South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota to arrive at the hanging site on the anniversary of the execution. "We can't blame the wasichus anymore. We're doing it to ourselves. We're selling drugs. We're killing our own people. That's what this ride is about, is healing." This is the story of their journey- the blizzards they endure, the Native and Non-Native communities that house and feed them along the way, and the dark history they are beginning to wipe away"--Website.

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  • Physical Description: videorecording
    1 videodisc (78 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: [Portland, ME] : Smooth Feather Productions, [2012]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 2010.
Formatted Contents Note: 1. Introduction & titles -- 2. A ride for healing -- 3. Exiled from Minnesota -- 4. Night before start -- 5. Day 1 -- 6. Dakota State University -- 7. Don't associate with Caucasians -- 8. Wessington Springs -- 9. Howard, blizzard #1 -- 10. Flandreau, Indian school -- 11. Logistics meeting -- 12. Dug up bodies for science -- 13. Stick out Black Paw -- 14. The seventh direction -- 15. Welu Farm, blizzard #2 -- 16. Asking for forgiveness -- 17. Pressing forward -- 18. Genetic depression & PTSD -- 19. Merry Christmas -- 20. Riding into Mankato -- 21. Mayor John Brady -- 22. Passing the staff on -- 23. Credits.
Participant or Performer Note: Participants: Peter Lengkeek, Jim Miller, Sidney Byrd, Alberta Iron Cloud Miller, Isaac Miller, Mikey Peters, Tolly Estes, Ray Owen ... et al.
Target Audience Note:
Recommended ages: 13+.
System Details Note:
DVD; 16x9 widescreen.
Language Note:
In English with optional English subtitles; closed-captioned.
Awards Note:
Winner Special Jury Award Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival 2012 -- website.
Subject: Executions and executioners Minnesota Mankato Anniversaries, etc
Executions and executioners Minnesota Mankato History 19th century
Dakota Indians History 19th century
Dakota Indians Minnesota History
Dakota Indians Government relations
Dakota Indians Relocation
Great Plains Historical geography
Genre: Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Feature films.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Northwest Indian College.


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Lummi Library DVD 788 E 99 .D1 D35 2012 287741 DVD Available -

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