This week's movie for the Year of North American Indigenous Peoples is Dances with Wolves, directed by Kevin Costner. This movie won seven Academy Awards in 1990, including Best Director, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, and it also won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture--Drama.
Dances with Wolves stars Costner as Dunbar, an accidental Civil War hero transferred to the western frontier. Circumstances leave Dunbar isolated at his new post in the South Dakota Badlands, except for a wolf that he befriends and names "Two-Socks." After initially-strained relations with his Lakota neighbors, Dunbar finds himself drawn to their lifestyle and customs. Eventually he abandons his post to join the tribe. This leads to his arrest as a traitor. After his Lakota friends rescue him, Dunbar has to make a difficult decision for the good of the tribe.
The movie will be shown at 2 pm in the theater at the Funk Heritage Center on campus. Library director and "Year Of" chairman Michael Martinez will be on hand to speak about the film, and I think he'll have a lot of interesting (and maybe amusing)things to say about it.
Remember, write a brief (one- or two-paragraph) review of this movie or any of the other movies and books in our "Year Of" collection, and you can be eligible to win a flash drive and a t-shirt. At the end of the year, all participants will be entered into a drawing for a Nintendo Wii. Just send your review to Karen Preslock at email@example.com. Good luck!