Friday, February 25, 2011

PBS Home Video: We Shall Remain

I'm watching PBS's series We Shall Remain: America Through Native Eyes. Even the title reminds me of this painting by Carola:

From the moment I saw this painting, I could feel a glimpse of the simultaneous pride and sorrow of Native Americans. Having met and spent time with some of them in their travels in the southwestern U.S., Carol and Gene got to know some of their stories from their descendants. Here is a brief interview I did with Carola about this and other paintings:

It reminds of this painting also:

As well this one:

I am forever grateful to her for the story her artwork tells, and for the honor she gave to the people she painted. She was not a forgetter, and I shall not be either.

You can see all of her Native American themed art here: Southwestern Indian Art by Carola Gough

You can view We Shall Remain on Netflix. Here is the description on


"Viewers will be amazed." "If you're keeping score, this program ranks among the best TV documentaries ever made." and "Reminds us that true glory lies in the honest histories of people, not the manipulated histories of governments. This is the stuff they kept from us." --Clif Garboden, The Boston Phoenix

Product Description

They were charismatic and forward thinking, imaginative and courageous, compassionate and resolute, and, at times, arrogant, vengeful, and reckless. For hundreds of years, Native American leaders from Massasoit, Tecumseh, and Tenskwatawa, to Major Ridge, Geronimo,
and Fools Crow, valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture. Sometimes, their strategies were militaristic, but more often they were diplomatic, spiritual, legal, and political.
From PBS s acclaimed history series, American
Experience, in association with Native American Public Telecommunications, We Shall Remain establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. These five documentaries spanning three hundred years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective, upending two-dimensional stereotypes of American Indians as simply ferocious warriors or peaceable lovers of the land.

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