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Before Columbus: Rebellion

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Before Columbus is a series of three films, Invasion, Conversion, and Rebellion, which describe, "with a few stories that stand for so many," the Indigenous experience in the Americas during the past five centuries. Part Three, Rebellion, describes the war against the Indigenous Peoples: a war that has never ended. It is estimated that ninety million people died in this slaughter in the first century after Columbus. The Ona of South America were exterminated in the early part of this century: a fate shared by many Native peoples since 1492. But people as diverse as the Kuna of the Caribbean coast of Panama, the Ika of Colombia, the Sioux of Black Hills of Dakota and the Mohawk of Quebec continue to fight for their land, their rights, and their culture.

1993, 50 min 20 s

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