The Film, Geronimo: An American Legend

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The film, Geronimo: An American Legend, was based on Geronimo, a Chiricahua Apache from the Bedonkohe band born in 1829 in the American Southwest. He was a skilled hunter and led raids on surrounding enemy villages. He resented Mexicans because they killed his mother, wife, and three children. The American government acquired land that belonged to Apache tribes through the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. Americans who settled in this area were attacked by the Apache. In 1874 after years of guerilla warfare, the Chiricahua were moved onto a Chiricahua reservation with their leader, Cochise, agreeing with the peaceful move. After the death of their leader, the US government moved the Chiricahua to a Apache reservation in San Carlos. Geronimo …show more content…
It took place a couple years before 1886, the surrender of Geronimo, the Chiricahua Apache leader who rebelled against the US Government. He did not agree with the American government moving his people onto reservations with strict rules and chooses to fight back. After two months of being on the run, Geronimo met up with Davis and 1st lieutenant Charles Gatewood to surrender and be escorted to San Carlos to meet with General Crook, a friend of the Apache. In fact, most of the white soldiers ordered to track down Geronimo respected him. Geronimo was reunited with his tribe living at the reservation at Turkey Creek and Davis was put in charge. After the death of a rebellious medicine man caused by US Military, Geronimo was outraged and escaped with many of the people on the reservation. Geronimo and his followers continued riding around the American southwest raiding villages that were settled on Apache land, killing anyone who opposes them. After Geronimo crossed the mexican border, General Crook, who no longer trusted Geronimo after he broke his promise. Soon after the negotiation, a battle broke out between the two sides and Geronimo escaped. General Crook resigned and General Nelson Miles replaced him. For months, Geronimo and his followers evaded capture in the mountains of Mexico. A team consisting of Gatewood, Davis, Al Sieber, and an Apache army …show more content…
This topic is not that widely discussed in everyday life so this movie really helped open that topic up for discussion amongst moviegoers. It gave people a basic overview on the situation between a group of Native Americans and the US government. It was enjoyable to watch this movie about an important historical figure in American history. It was different than most movies about US history because it focused on the struggle between Native Americans and the US Army. It depicted the vivid landscape scenery of western America as well as suspenseful gun wielding action sequences. It was also really appreciated by many viewers that Geronimo was played by a Native American actor and was not whitewashed. This movie really made the viewer sympathize with the Native Americans and their allies. Throughout the movie, it was very frustrating to watch the way that the Apache were treated. The Americans took their land and forced them to change their entire lifestyle. Promises were made to them by the US government and broken. After Geronimo’s surrender, all of the Chiricahua, including the scouts who loyally followed the US Army, were imprisoned. Even Lieutenant Gatewood, a sympathizer of the Apache who tracked down Geronimo and convinced him to surrender, was ostracized instead l being

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