You are here3pm November 20th, 2011
3pm November 20th, 2011
ACHIEVEMENTS IN NATIVE AMERICA
In Santa Fe, New Mexico there lives a vibrant artist community that has impacted the North American and global art world in many ways over the last century. As the second oldest city in the United States it has seen American masters such as Georgia O’Keefe rise to prominence depicting the Southwestern scenes throughout New Mexico that still continue to thrill collectors world-wide. The prominence of these few famous artists, however, is at times so great as to force other great artists from the region to quietly ply their trade in relative anonymity. Unconquered is a short documentary of one such artist and his influence on both Native American and modern American art.
Relying on US Department of Defense documents, never-before-seen or heard interviews with Choctaw, Comanche, and Navajo code talkers, and other primary sources, filmmaker and American Indian historian Gary Robinson delivers a meticulously researched account of this little-known part of US history. In this multifaceted story, Robinson discusses the evolution of military communications and delves into the historical, cultural, and linguistic developments of the American Indians prior to World War I that led to their significant contribution during both world wars. Robinson digs deeper than the historical record. With skillful precision, he contrasts the changing federal government policies that transformed Native American languages from cultural relics worthy only of the trash bin to valued gems demanding preservation. He also questions how America’s history might have been altered if missionaries and government agencies had successfully eliminated America’s indigenous languages. Engaging and brilliantly constructed, The Language of Victory presents a compelling contribution to the historiography of World War II and the American Indian.