Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee Film Analysis

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The movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee was released in 2007 by producers Clara George, Tom Thayer, and Dick Wolf and directed by Yves Simoneau. The film is based around the events of the government, and the Sioux after the battle of Little Bighorn concerning the Natives moving on to reservations, and becoming assimilated. The film is based off the book of the same name by historian Dee Brown. Sitting Bull is an iconic Native American in the American West history. In the film Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee he is portrayed by August Schellenberg. In the film he had no choice but to go to the Reservation and no longer live the way he always had. It did not follow the rules and resisted the reservations ridiculous laws, which eventually got…show more content…
One inaccuracy was that Charles did not actually fight in the battle of Little Bighorn. He did have an Uncle who fought in the battle as it showed in the movie, but Charles, or Ohiyesa which was his Sioux name, spent most of his childhood in southern Canada. Another inaccuracy was how close Charles, and Senator Dawes were. The movie has us believe that Charles had just as a big involvement with the sectioning of the reservations, and Senator Dawes plan, but in fact he did not do that much. Another inaccuracy comes from when Sitting Bull surrenders to the Whites. The movie says that he surrendered at Fort Buford, but he actually surrendered at Standing rock instead. However, the way he surrendered is accurate. He handed his gun to his son and his son who handed it to the officers. The film’s historical accuracy was for the most part correct. There were some small inaccuracies, but altogether all of the big picture was historically correct. Today though, many historians and Sioux do not like the way that the characters were portrayed, especially Sitting Bull. They say he was expressed as being too harsh. For example, he never whipped anybody and never would. So a lot of events were correct, but the portrayal of some characters was
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