Native Village Youth and Education News
May 1, 2009 Issue 198
REDISCOVERING TECUMSEH’S VISION
Iowa: Tecumseh, the legendary Shawnee leader, promoted unity among all Indian people.
His dream was to unite all tribes in one unstoppable
force against European invasion. To do this, he traveled
to Indian communities from Canada to Florida and from
New York to the Plains. His message was shared through fiery speeches and traditional song and dance.
“My Grandmother and all my old aunts would go and dance the Shawnee Dance once a year during our Harvest Festival. Sometimes they would dance it at a small gathering in our tribal gym. I used to sit there and watch as they danced it hard, laughing and singing along."
His Grandmother’s stories motivated Brown to intensive research about the Bread Dance. Those helping him included Professor Steve Warren from Augustana College, Professor Colin Calloway from Dartmouth College and Professor R. David Edmunds from the University of Texas.
Also supporting the documentary is the First Nations Composer Initiative. The group will attend the August Powwow to film their own documentary about Brown’s project.
Brown plans to have a film crew on site for the upcoming Meskwaki Pow-Wow in
August. He hopes that Tribal Elder groups will encourage their leadership to
arrange for bus tours to Tama, Iowa to be part of the celebration.
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