People of the Standing Stone/The Oneida Nation, The War of Independence and the Making of America
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People of the Standing Stone/The Oneida Nation, The War of Independence and the Making of America explores the crucial but little known history of the extraordinary contributions of one Native American people who chose to commit themselves to the Patriot cause when nearly all other tribes fought on the side of the British during America’s War for Independence. Through close analysis of primary sources, engaging scholarly commentary, and the piecing together of archival research, Emmy Award winning director Ric Burns and Academy Award Winner Kevin Costner weave a moving, unique, cinematic documentary film.
By contextualizing the American Revolution within the larger economic realities of English, French and eventually American land speculation, the film helps to explain how the contemporaneous praise bestowed on the Oneida Nation by George Washington and other founding fathers and the treaties by the US Government with the Oneida Nation were subsequently all but ignored. Consequently, by the early 19th century, the land legally and intentionally granted to the Oneida Nation soon found its way back into the hands of the governmental agencies and/or land hungry European settlers. This eye-opening story is a must-see viewing for anyone interested in meeting previously unknown heroes of the American Revolution so integral to the formation of our nation today.
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY: Ric Burns
NARRATED BY: Kevin Costner
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Ray Halbritter
PRODUCERS: Andrew Herwitz, Leigh Howell, Bonnie Lafave
EDITED BY: Chih Hsuan Liang
PRODUCED BY: Steeplechase Films