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American Experience: We Shall Remain: Tecumseh’s Vision

Airs Monday, October 25, 2010 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Shawnee warrior Tecumseh, portrayed by actor Michael Greyeyes (pictured) rose to become one of the greatest American leaders of all time. With his brother, the prophet Tenskwatawa, Tecumseh organized the most ambitious pan-Indian resistance movement ever mounted to defend the American Indian way of life.

This groundbreaking mini-series establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. Five 90-minute documentaries spanning 300 years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native-American perspective. Benjamin Bratt narrates.

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"Tecumseh's Vision" - In the spring of 1805, Tenskwatawa (actor Billy Merasty, Cree First Nation), a Shawnee, fell into a trance so deep that those around him believed he had died. When he finally stirred, the young prophet claimed to have met the Master of Life. He told those who crowded around that the Indians were in dire straits because they had adopted white culture and rejected traditional spiritual ways.

For several years, Tenskwatawa’s spiritual revival movement drew thousands of adherents from tribes across the Midwest. His elder brother, Tecumseh (actor Michael Greyeyes, Plains Cree), would harness the energies of that renewal to create an unprecedented military and political confederacy of often antagonistic tribes, all committed to stopping white westward expansion. The brothers came closer than anyone since to creating an Indian nation that would exist alongside and separate from the United States.

The dream of an independent Indian state may have died at the Battle of the Thames, when Tecumseh was killed fighting alongside his British allies, but the great Shawnee warrior would live on as a potent symbol of Native pride and pan-Indian identity.

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Video Excerpt: American Experience: We Shall Remain: Tecumseh's Vision

Above: "We Shall Remain" is a groundbreaking mini-series that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. Five 90-minute documentaries spanning 300 years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native-American perspective. In this episode, Shawnee warrior Tecumseh and his brother, the prophet Tenskwatawa, organized an ambitious pan-Indian resistance movement. This is a story of strength, pride and pronounced courage.

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