Saints & Strangers

Saints & Strangers is a two-part miniseries that air on National Geographic channel November 22 and 23. It is said to be the true story of the Pilgrims and their relationship with Native Americans.

I didn’t watch it when it first premiered, but instead, watched both parts on Thanksgiving.

Is everything 100% accurate? Probably not. Whenever there is a movie made about history, based on a true story, etc, things are changed. The movie companies do what they think will keep the audience interested.

The movies have been praised for their Native cast and dialogue translated into Western Abenaki, which is a similar dialect to what the Pilgrims encountered. There has been criticism from the Wampanoag tribe, though.

Indian Country Today did a series of three articles interviewing three of the Native American actor who starred in the movies. All three had good things to say. Kalani Queypo, who played Squanto, said the experience was incredible. Tatanka Means played Hobbamock and said it was a great experience. Raul Trujillo as Massasoit, said it was a gift.

Some of the actors have also said the movie is progress.

Despite it having some inaccuracies, I do think they did a great job with movies. And it is closer to the truth than any previous movies made. I loved hearing a Native language. Jesse Bowman Bruchac helped the Native actors to learn Abenaki. Jesse is the son of Joseph Bruchac, one of my favorite authors.

I thought Kalani Queypo was amazing as Squanto and I hope to see him in more stuff.

I do recommend watching the movies when you can.


3 responses to “Saints & Strangers

  1. I am having my students read a selection by Joseph Bruchac, “Pushing Up The Sky”, this week. They are also learning about Native American concepts of science and specific cultures that adapt to different regions.


  2. Thank you for the links and the recommend on the movies.
    We always need to be learning. Especially when it comes to history and NOT repeating the wrongs. I worry that we are taking steps backwards in America (when it comes to certain important issues…like discrimination.). 😦


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