Does Robert Redford have a positive interest in American Indians, or does the Sundance Institute simply use Indians to insure its political correctness quotas, market its authenticity, and validate its anti-American agenda?
In the decade of serious, radical civil rights issues, and the development of the American Indian Movement, Redford starred in Jeremiah Johnson (1972), a film about a mountain man who kills Indians or marrys them, whatever suits his fancy or personal circumstance. Indians are just tools in the narrative. The movie also features one fat Indian ‘warrior’ who acts scared to death and runs like a scared woman. Redford comes off as a tough guy, tougher than Indians, with full rights to sleep with Indian women. Big conqueror image there, on a personal basis. Lot’s of “squaw” language going on there, too.
‘Kill that wild savage!’ from Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
Doesn’t sound Indian-friendly to me.
Oh, yes, there’s the Incident at Oglala (1992), the drama in defense of Leonard Peltier, the convicted murderer of two FBI agents. Redford is the narrator and executive producer. The film celebrates the victimhood of Peltier, and aggrandizes the evil of the American government. I suppose that’s an interest in Indians shown by Mr. Redford, naturally in a way that is critical of America. That suits the communist, Hollywood liberal approach. They love to rake in America’s money, while they soothe their consciences with condemning the society from which they benifit so profoundly. It’s like Incident at Oglala is Redford’s tribute to the ’70’s, perhaps a twenty years later penance for Jeremiah Johnson.
Still not Indian-friendly, in my view. It’s Redford-friendly.
Hey, liberals love to use Indians to bash America. The California Peace and Freedom Party nominated Peltier for president! I call that abuse of Indians.
Redford’s Sundance Institute makes a glowing profession of “commitment” to Native American film, to directors, writers, musicians, actores, etc., etc., but we’re still looking for evidence. Where are the American Indian movies? Never mind the fact that the program does not produce screen plays or films; never mind the fact that Bird Runningwater, who directs the Sundance Native American Initiative, is openly homosexual, and advocates the same kind of hemispheric “indigenous” philosophy that characterizes the anti-American racism of the far Left–that wants to pit all persons of color against the white European; never mind that the whole Institute program is just a grant operation, to allow certain select Indians to network, and perhaps to occasion their meeting with some monied producer who might take a chance on an “independent” film. It’s like a tutorial, an “educational” opportunity for a very few select Indians. Robert Redford is simply not into producing American Indian films. The Sundance Institute merely uses the Indian presence to validate its multicultural, anti-American enterprises. Now that George Soros has joined the crew, can we expect more abuse of Indians? That is, more use of Indians to condemn America? I would expect so.
The Sundance Institute represents a liberal, yes, communist use of the American Indian. The Institute uses the Indian image to emphasize what they think is wrong with America. I see no other way to evaluate these circumstances. Again, I protest this dangerous abuse of Indians, and pledge myself to work against it with all the force I can muster. I will not stand by silently and watch the Indian image used against America, thus jeopardizing the future of not only America, but of Indian people.
Bad Eagle has spoken.