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Film: “Dakota 38”

Monday, October 14, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This 2012 documentary follows a group of Native Americans, many direct descendants of 38 Dakota men who were hanged on Dec. 26, 1862, on a 330-mile journey on horseback to the site of the execution. Ordered by President Abraham Lincoln following the Dakota War of 1862, the event was the largest mass-execution in United States History. The film is the story of the journey, the Native and non-Native communities that housed and fed the riders along the way, and the dark history that they are beginning to wipe away. 1 hour, 58 minutes.

Read an article about the film from “Indian Country Today.

Details

Date:
Monday, October 14
Time:
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Category:

Venue

Community Room – First Floor
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
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Phone:
609-924-9529

Other

In-House Program Category
Film
Staff Contact
Kim Dorman
Setup Required
Yes
Summary
This 2012 documentary follows a group of Native Americans, many direct descendants of 38 Dakota men who were hanged on Dec. 26, 1862, on a 330-mile journey on horseback to the site of the execution. Ordered by President Abraham Lincoln following the Dakota War of 1862, the event was the largest mass-execution in United States History. The film is the story of the journey, the Native and non-Native communities that housed and fed the riders along the way, and the dark history that they are beginning to wipe away. 1 hour, 58 minutes.
Co-Presenters
TBD
Informational Website
http://www.smoothfeather.com/dakota38
Series
None
Platforms for Promotion
Connections
Promotional Materials
Handbill (5.5 x 8.5)
Max Number of Attendees
155
Age Groups
Adult
Notes
" Don't Miss This Seasonal Film of Reconciliation and Hope. " - Huffington Post, Georgianne Nienaber In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller, a Native spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran, found himself in a dream riding on horseback across the great plains of South Dakota. Just before he awoke, he arrived at a riverbank in Minnesota and saw 38 of his Dakota ancestors hanged. At the time, Jim knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history, ordered by Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862. “When you have dreams, you know when they come from the creator… As any recovered alcoholic, I made believe that I didn’t get it. I tried to put it out of my mind, yet it’s one of those dreams that bothers you night and day.” Now, four years later, embracing the message of the dream, Jim and a group of riders retrace the 330-mile route of his dream on horseback from Lower Brule, South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota to arrive at the hanging site on the anniversary of the execution. “We can’t blame the wasichus anymore. We’re doing it to ourselves. We’re selling drugs. We’re killing our own people. That’s what this ride is about, is healing.” This is the story of their journey- the blizzards they endure, the Native and Non-Native communities that house and feed them along the way, and the dark history they are beginning to wipe away. This film was created in line with Native healing practices. In honoring this ceremony, we are screening and distributing “Dakota 38″ as a gift rather than for sale. This film was inspired by one individual’s dream and is not promoting any organization or affiliated with any political or religious groups. It was simply created to encourage healing and reconciliation.
Connections Section
Adults