Boston University to Host “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” Screenwriter Daniel Giat at Advance Screening

in News Releases, University Affairs
May 4th, 2007

Contact: Colin Riley, 617-353-2240 | criley@bu.edu

(Boston) – “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” screenwriter Daniel Giat will address Boston University guests at an advance screening of the HBO film at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8 at the Photonics Building (8 St. Mary’s Street).

The film, which explores the tragic and permanent impact the United States’ expansion had on American Indian society, is told primarily through the eyes of three characters, including American Indian and Boston University graduate Charles Eastman, played by Adam Beach. Adapted from Dee Brown’s seminal non-fiction best-seller, the film debuts on HBO on May 27.

Charles Alexander Eastman, who died in 1939, is unique among Indian writers, whether storytellers or oral historians. Raised traditionally by his grandmother as a Woodland Sioux until he was 15 (1874), his father then interceded and insisted that he receive a white man’s education. Educated at Dartmouth and Boston University Medical School, Eastman became a highly literate physician, who was the only doctor available to the victims of the Wounded Knee massacre. Other Indian writers of this period were either entirely acculturated or were illiterate, and able to provide only “as told to” materials, through the filters of interpreters and non-Indian writers. Eastman had the life ways and historical-event experiences, and he did not need the literary filters of translators and white anthropologists or collectors.

The film stars Aidan Quinn as Senator Henry Dawes, August Schellenberg as Sitting Bull, and Anna Paquin as Eastman’s confidante, Elaine Goodale.

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