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We Shall Remain

We Shall Remain is a five-part, 7.5-hour documentary series about the history of Native Americans spanning the 17th century to the 20th century. It was a collaborative effort with several different directors, writers and producers working on each episode, including directors Chris Eyre, Ric Burns and Stanley Nelson Jr.[1] Actor Benjamin Bratt narrated the entire series. It is part of the American Experience series and premiered April 13, 2009.[1]

We Shall Remain
Written by Dustinn Craig
Sarah Colt
Ric Burns
Mark Zwonitzer
Directed by Chris Eyre
Ric Burns
Stanley Nelson Jr.
Dustinn Craig
Sarah Colt
Narrated by Benjamin Bratt
Theme music composer John Kusiak
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 5
Running time 90 minutes
(eps. 1, 5)
60 minutes
(eps. 2, 3, 4)
Original network PBS
Original release April 13 (2009-04-13) – May 11, 2009 (2009-05-11)
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Episode listEdit

No. in
Title Directed by Original air date
1 "After the Mayflower"[2] Chris Eyre April 13, 2009 (2009-04-13)
In 1621, Wampanoag leader Massasoit negotiates to provide help to the ailing Pilgrims from the Mayflower, on the brink of disaster, because he thinks this alliance will ensure protection for his tribe from the threatening Narragansett tribe. For the next fifty years, it will become more and more clear that Massasoit was wrong as continuing European immigration, widespread diseases and overuse of natural resources push the interaction between the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims to war led by Metacomet, Massasoit's son.
2 "Tecumseh's Vision"[3] Ric Burns & Chris Eyre April 20, 2009 (2009-04-20)
In 1805, plains Indians in the Midwest were feeling the threat of westward expansion by white pioneers. Tecumseh, a member of the Shawnee tribe, used the growing worry of disparate tribes to bring them together into a confederacy with the common goal of saving their ancestral land. The dream of a separate Indian nation state would die along with Tecumseh when he was killed in battle in 1813.
3 "Trail of Tears"[4] Chris Eyre April 27, 2009 (2009-04-27)
For many years, the Cherokee nation sought to gain respect from the United States Government by adapting Western-style religion, government and education in the hopes of receiving recognition of their ancestral land as a sovereign nation. On May 26, 1838, the United States Government had troops forcibly remove members of the Cherokee tribe from their land in the Southeastern US to Oklahoma. More than 4,000 people would die of disease and starvation along the way of the Trail of Tears.
4 "Geronimo"[5] Dustinn Craig May 4, 2009 (2009-05-04)
Apache Geronimo and his fierce band of warriors refused to accept the expansion of the United States and Mexican into his tribe's land and earned the distinction of being one of the last major forces of Native American resistance before their eventual surrender in 1886. It earned Geronimo the distinction of being the most famous Native American of his time.
5 "Wounded Knee"[6] Stanley Nelson May 11, 2009 (2009-05-11)
The American Indian Movement's last stand at Wounded Knee in 1973 brought attention to the desperate conditions of Indian reservation life when around 200 American Indians engaged in a 71-day standoff with the US government demanding redress for grievances, some dating back over 100 years.


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