If Only I Were an Indian | Chicago Reader

If Only I Were an Indian

A straightforward Canadian documentary by John Paskievich on a bizarre and fascinating subject: three aboriginal elders from Manitoba pay a visit to the former Czechoslovakia to meet several hundred Czechs and Slovaks who dress and live like 19th-century North American Indians—a community the film explores sympathetically and in some detail. The passion and sincerity of these ersatz Native Americans are never in doubt and are fully respected by the visiting elders; the film also has plenty to say about the price these mavericks pay for their unconventional convictions.


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