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Savagery and the American Indian

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Documentary film


Princeton, N.J. : Films for the Humanities & SciencesOriginally broadcast on the television series Timewatch in 1991. 58 mins. Describes the impact of white settlement on the American Indian. Part 1 covers the period from 1620-1890 when the Indian population had fallen from 5 million to 250,000. Traces the expansion of white settlement; the resultant depletion of the native peoples and the way in which contemporaries recorded the events. Part 2 traces developments since 1890 when the Indian reservations were established and the residual tribes were compulsorily moved into them. The program talks of the native peoples efforts to retain more of their own culture and values in the face of government endeavors to assimilate them, and the resultant cultural and social problems.

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