The Circle Legacy Center

future 2nd Friday programs. (subject to change)

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May 9,2014; Ann Jennings (BIA executive will be speaking on Economic Development of Native Owned businesses. This presentation will be a nice window into today's Native America)

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APRIL 11, 2014

Come join us to view the movie:


(below is a synopsis by Doug George Kanentiio, published Mohawk writer and historian)

“Crooked Arrows”
Producers: J. Todd Harris and Mitchell Peck
Co-producers: Neal Powless (Onondaga) and Ernest Stevens III (Oneida)
Director: Steve Rash
Writers: Tod Baird and Brad Riddell

Crooked Arrows marks a new venture in filmmaking, one in which Native people break free from being mere subjects of a movie into a new reality where they have become actors, script editors and producers. In this instance, the Onondaga Nation contributed heavily to the movie, assigning one of their own, Neal Powless, to work in conjunction with Ernest Stevens III to insure the project is consistent with Native culture while including aboriginal athletes as primary actors and hundreds of other Natives as voluntary extras. This gave the film an excitement which was palpable at the movie’s national premiere held in Syracuse, NY on the ancestral territory of the Onondagas.

The movie stars Brandon Routh, Chelsea Ricketts, Gil Brimingham,, Dennis Ambriz and Crystal Allen. The story takes place somewhere in the northeast, presumably on the territory of the fictional Senequoit reservation, a member of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois) Confederacy.

Joe Logan (Brandon Routh) is the mixed blood manager of the casino who secured a college degree at Syracuse and is persuaded to return by his father Ben Logan (Gil Birmingham). Joe Logan is clearly a pawn of the developer, the obscure Mr. Geyer (Tom Kemp). He expects Logan to deceive the Senequoits governing council into allocating more land for the expansion even if it means the destruction of culturally sensitive areas including the lacrosse field where the game has been played since time immemorial.

Overall, Crooked Arrows is a positive film, particularly for Native youth. It shows the complexity of Native life and the difficulty in blending traditional values within a casino culture. While there are tensions grinding at the teenagers they are made aware that hope and inspiration come from many sources even a well meaning non-Native teacher (Crystal Allen) who has to teach them (and Logan) their own language. There are many scenes of Natives dancing and singing particularly at the game’s end when all of the players and fans engage in a spontaneous stomp dance although the special effects eagle did not fly so well.

As a movie Crooked Arrows scores before it reaches overtime.

Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk, is the former editor of Akwesasne Notes, was a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Indian of the American Indian and the author of "Iroquois on Fire" among other books. He may be reached via e-mail:

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