As my wife and our daughter are part Cherokee, I have a soft spot in my heart for all Native Americans.
I get a kick every time I watch Jack Crabbe (Dustin Hoffman) and Shawnee Chief Old Lodge Skins (Chief Dan George) in the movie “Little Big Man”. Chief Old Lodge Skins refers to the Shawnee as the “Human Beings” and the Human Beings are always getting rubbed out by the white man. Alas, he remarks, there is a limited number of Human Beings and an endless supply of white men...
I also like the name of Old Lodge Skins last wife, “Don’t Like Horses”. As you may recall from the movie, Old Lodge Skins advises Jack that she is a Sioux and that Sioux women copulate with horses. He says that "she says she doesn’t but, of course, she lies.”
I have read that the explorer Christopher Columbus took native American slaves back to Spain on his first voyage. Soon afterwards, the Seminole tribe in Florida began attacking the Spanish whenever they appeared in Florida.
Some Native Americans are able to have casinos and other special privileges because of legal contracts between their tribe and the United States.
For as long as the grass grows, the wind blows and the sky is blue.
At the end of the movie, after the Sioux and other tribes’ victory over Custer, Old Lodge Skins decides that he has had enough of the white man and prepares to die.
“It is a good day to die” says Old Lodge Skins as he lies down. It begins to rain and he is awakened from his death trance. “Oyi, I am still here.” He says in disgust and the movie ends.