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We Shall Remain: Part I - After the Mayflower 

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In March of 1621, in what is now southeastern Massachusetts, Massasoit (actor Marcos Akiaten, Chiricauha Apache), the leading sachem of the Wampanoag, sat down to negotiate with a ragged ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Marcos Akiaten ... Massasoit
Cassidy Alla Cassidy Alla ... Pilgrim Girl
William Belleau ... Wampanoag man
Benjamin Bratt ... Himself / Narrator
Tonantzin Carmelo ... Awashunk
Mark S. Cartier ... John Easton
Charlotte Anne Dore ... Elizabeth Hopkins
William Joseph Elk III ... Wampanoag man
Nicholas Irons Nicholas Irons ... Edward Winslow
Rebecca Perry Levy Rebecca Perry Levy ... Wootoneakanuske
Jim Loutzenhiser ... Josiah Winslow
Larry Mann Larry Mann ... Wampanoag man
Zahn McClarnon ... Wampanoag man
Tatanka Means ... Nookau
Troy Phillips Troy Phillips ... Tisquantum


In March of 1621, in what is now southeastern Massachusetts, Massasoit (actor Marcos Akiaten, Chiricauha Apache), the leading sachem of the Wampanoag, sat down to negotiate with a ragged group of English colonists. Hungry, dirty, and sick, the pale-skinned foreigners were struggling to stay alive; they were in desperate need of native help. Massasoit faced problems of his own. His people had lately been decimated by unexplained sickness, leaving them vulnerable to the rival Narragansett to the west. The Wampanoag sachem calculated that a tactical alliance with the foreigners would provide a way to protect his people and hold his native enemies at bay. He agreed to give the English the help they needed. A half-century later, as a brutal war flared between the English colonists and a confederation of New England Indians, the wisdom of Massasoit's diplomatic gamble seemed less clear. Five decades of English immigration, mistreatment, lethal epidemics, and widespread environmental ... Written by American Experience

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13 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Very good...but an unusual start to the series.
11 June 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"We Shall Remain" is a five-part series by Ric Burns (Ken's brother) on the history of the American Indians from "The American Experience". However, it should be understood that it is NOT a comprehensive history. There are many gaps, omissions and most tribes are not discussed in the shows. This is simply because with five parts, there just wasn't enough time to do the subject justice.

This first episode is unusual in that it does not begin with the Spanish colonization of America nor the first English colonies (Roanoke and Jamestown) but the Pilgrims and their history with the Wampanoag people. Perhaps this was chosen first because in contrast to these others I mentioned, the Wampanoag were particularly harmless and peace-loving...and were eventually displaced and often killed or sold into slavery by their English allies. It's a very sad tale that begins so positively with the tribe allying themselves with and saving Plymouth colony and ultimately ended with King Philip's War and the destruction of many of these people by the Colonists.

This show is exceptionally well made and explores the history in a complete and fair manner. Worth seeing...and a bit wistful about what might have been.

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