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The Silent Enemy: An Epic of the American Indian

Director: H.P. Carver
An Epic of the American Indian
The Silent Enemy: An Epic of the American Indian
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DVD Features:

  • From The Samuel M. Sherman Archives
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1930
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) - English

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Description by OLDIES.com:

Filmed on location in northern Canada and cast with actual Ojibwe tribe members, this stirring motion picture offers a historical glimpse into the daily trials and tribulations faced by the great Native American peoples at the dawn of the 20th century, capturing their vanishing way of life on celluloid for all time.

As winter bears down on the hungry Ojibwe Indian nation, aging Chief Chetoga must intercede between two warring factions within his tribe. Baluk, a great hunter, believes that Chetoga should take his starving people into the snowy north to find the vast caribou herds. Medicine Man Dagwan rejects this dangerous idea and advises his chief to keep the camp in place, despite dwindling game. When Chetoga sides with Baluk, the entire tribe packs up and sets out on a dangerous trek. Fighting blizzards, wolves and mountain lions, they push ever deeper into the frozen reaches of the vast Canadian tundra, where either grisly death -- or blessed salvation -- await.

Two pulse-pounding sequences highlight this amazing tale of basic survival at its most raw. In one, Baluk single-handedly fights off a pack of wolves and kills their intended prey - an angry bull moose! In another, an incredible caribou stampede overruns an Ojibwe hunting party. Like Nanook of the North, The Silent Enemy is one of many films created during the early days of cinema in an effort to preserve an authentic record of a disappearing culture.

Product Description:

Based on the 72 volumes written by Jesuit missionaries regarding the Ojibway Indian way of life, this film was shot in the Hudson Bay region utilizing an all Native American cast. The "Silent Enemy" of the title refers to hunger, the resulting consequences of encroachment by other cultures, as the Ojibway track and hunt thunderous herds of caribou. The accompanying musical soundtrack is performed exactly from original score.

Product Description:

An Incredible Tale of Native American Survival In the tradition of "Nanook of the North"

Plot Keywords:

Documentary | Historical | History | Indians | Native Americans | Vintage

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Rating 5.0 The Silent Enemy:An Epic of the American Indian Movie Lover: from Austin, TX US -- May, 27, 2009

I agree with most of what went on but in some areas not deep enough in why some things were done.


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  • Sales Rank: 16,064
  • UPC: 089218579997
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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