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Song of Hiawatha (1997)

PG | | Adventure, Drama
The legendary Ojibwa Chief is sent by the great spirit to lead his people.

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Jeffrey Shore
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Greene ... O Kagh
Litefoot ... Hiawatha
Irene Bedard ... Minnehaha
Russell Means ... Mudjekeewis
Sheila Tousey ... Nokomis
Adam Beach ... Chibiabos
Michael Rooker ... Bertrand
David Strathairn ... Marcel
Gordon Tootoosis ... Iagoo
Tina Louise Bomberry Tina Louise Bomberry ... Sparrow Song
Peter Kelly Gaudreault Peter Kelly Gaudreault ... Mondamin
Mike Kanentakeron Mike Kanentakeron ... Mishe-Mokwa
Adrian Jamieson Adrian Jamieson ... 10 yr. Old Hiawatha
Flint Eagle ... Pearl Feather / Megissongwan
Vern Harper Vern Harper ... Old Mohawk Chieftain
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The legendary Ojibwa Chief is sent by the great spirit to lead his people.

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Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

The Song of Hiawatha See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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It is Litefoot's leading role since The Indian in the Cupboard (1995). See more »

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Version of Hiawatha (1952) See more »

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Wonderful Retelling of The Legend
10 December 2006 | by commandamandaSee all my reviews

Lite Foot does a wonderful job as Hiawatha and Adam Beach is amusing as Chibiabos. Both show that they are capable of far more than this legend, however, it should not be taken lightly. This film was both beautiful and carefully filmed. None of it appears childish, as one might think upon stumbling over it during regular daytime TV. Rather, it is a humbling tale of suffering and searching for the salvation of the Indian Nation. It is well acted and well outfitted. I was troubled at first by the use of so many differing Indians from so many tribes; this would only occur to someone who can trace tribal characteristics. It's a heck of a lot better than allowing Whites to play Indians. In fact, it's so chock-a-block full of talented people that you can't tear your eyes from it. I too, was at first a little troubled by the lack of woodland costuming, but this would have been expensive and time-consuming to create. Woodland Flower beading and designs are intricate and lovely, but they were not missed after a few minutes of viewing. The splendid acting grabs a hold of you. I enjoyed it immensely. Recommended- however, there is some violence which my not be appropriate for viewers under 10 or 12 years of age. Adults may want to explain some of the ritual and religious implications with their children after viewing.


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