Dances With Wolves. (Film). Costner, K. (Director). USA, 1990.
We see in this film that the racist views of whites toward the Indians is something that has been nurtured in them, not something that is inherent in their nature. We see this in the way Kicking Bird, Wind In His Hair, and Ten Bears have a strong personality and know exactly who they are through the rituals and customs of their tribal life, a life that is much more in harmony with nature and the environment than any life ever constructed by white civilization. At one point, after Dunbar kills beside these Indians, he realizes he never knew who John Dunbar was but he knows with certainty who Dances With Wolves is.
ry McDonnell, who plays Stands With A Fist, an English woman whose Indian husband has recently been killed, commented on the making of the film concerning the ways in which these rituals leant a profound understanding of the significant moments of Sioux life “The spiritual life of the Sioux emerged in a very subtle and unordained way. When it occurred you could feel around you a kind of genetic understanding of the importance of that moment for the tribe. It was a moment that appealed to something higher, and to the awareness of its loss at the same time. I found that both very sad and uplifting” (Keith 135).
Keith, T. Kevin Costner: The Unauthorized Biography. United Kingdom, Ikonprint, 1991.
The relationship that grows between Stands With A Fist and Dances With Wolves is a virtual masterpiece of b