In 1805, plains Indians in the Midwest were feeling the threat of westward expansion by white pioneers. Tecumseh, a member of the Shawnee tribe, used the growing worry of disparate tribes to bring them together into a confederacy with the common goal of saving their ancestral land. The dream of a separate Indian nation state would die along with Tecumseh when he was killed in battle in 1813.

This episode was written, produced by Ric Burns, and co-directed by Chris Eyre and Ric Burns.

In the spring of 1805, Tenskwatawa, a Shawnee, fell into a trance so deep that those around him believed he had died. When he finally stirred, the young prophet claimed to have met the Master of Life.

He told those who crowded around to listen that the Indians were in dire straits because they had adopted white culture and rejected traditional spiritual ways. For several years Tenskwatawa's spiritual revival movement drew thousands of adherents from tribes across the Midwest. His elder brother, Tecumseh, would harness the energies of that renewal to create an unprecedented military and political confederacy of often antagonistic tribes, all committed to stopping white westward expansion.

The brothers came closer than anyone since to creating an Indian nation that would exist alongside and separate from the United States. The dream of an independent Indian state may have died at the Battle of the Thames, when Tecumseh was killed fighting alongside his British allies, but the great Shawnee warrior would live on as a potent symbol of Native pride and Indian identity.

From the award-winning PBS series American Experience comes We Shall Remain, the most ambitious primetime television series and media project on Native history ever produced. We Shall Remain will present a multifaceted story of Native ingenuity and perseverance that spans more than three hundred years. The tale of European settlement of North America has been told countless times, but never before from the perspective of the land's original inhabitants.


Responses to "Tecumseh's Vision - We Shall Remain (Movie)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Very interesting can access on pbs

  2. Anonymous says:

    Same here in Ohio.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is fabulous, but very tragic. Hard to watch. I hope it is soon available to all, because we all need to see it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow. What a depressing series.

    Gives all new meaning to the old American saying "pulling yourself up by your boot straps" since our rise was clearly on the backs of the Indians.

    Racial superiority, theft, deceit, all justified by God in our minds.

  5. joangaile says:

    I am fortunate enough to live where the great Tecumseh fought.

  6. c.v.miale says:

    The Confederation of Tribes, (1800's)-- was squelched by Congress. Tucumseh, was taken out...and, the movement died. Will it be revived in light of the Congressional environmental policies 2015; for the Keystone Pipeline? All Native lands, will witness the despoliation of their lands, if fear, to foreign investors. McCain, is a white dog symbol of modern injustice Flats Oaks; will continue to cause the greatest debt to society, particularly to American Native American. The debt is so deep. The theft of a continent from natives, congressional policies to control the reservation lands and her peoples, to the brink of famine and poverty. Depriving peoples of clean water, food and air, is a tactic - - White Dogs have always used to take Native lands. What this generation does? Fight or complacency is to be determined. However, many have elders, who where jailed resultant of the American Indian Activist Group - and, remain today in jails across America, because they stood up for their civil rights. Perhaps this will preclude others from standing up -- Just what they want...for Native Americans concerns for sustainability, to go away and not be heard. The Environmental Policies, are a way to be peaceably heard by bringing on all Americans, all Nations - - Around the Globe to address these issues. We cannot boil oil, for hotdogs or coffee! WE all need clean water - - Ahehee.

  7. Jen Walls says:

    Humble thanks for universal healing for Mother Earth!

  8. Anonymous says:

    C.V.Miale Canada dropped the keystone Pipeline project.

  9. Tecumseh was a great man since the night he was born when a great shooting star crossed the sky. His father died in battle when Tecumseh was young and Tecumseh was raised by his older brother. His life was devoted to trying to incorporate a united Indian league to stop the white man from further aggression. He spoke with an impressive booming voice. He rode with the French in the War of 1812 because the French promised to give the Native Americans their own states which was all he ever wanted. He died a hero and his name lives on.
    I look forward to seeing the movie.

  10. Unknown says:

    Wheres this film made? Hmm how does one get involved or become an extra n native American films? I like to write. They should honestly give the respect n put actual natives in all films as soon they will only be legends n matters n a speckle in this great universe. Stories need to be told n the last of the natives need to leave our footprints on who we really are which is usually nothing like history books maybe a tad but my ancestors were very important n very respected n did so much mother earth has a vibration n the beat is heard n played n respected through everything we do. Although hate n anger is tainted most tribal hearts and hru racism n abuse n attempted assimilation n well a lot that brings tears even to the greatest warrior. The past is the last but not forgotten. All have american backs this day n age we are all equal n left to what is left of our people culture language n tradition s. Two generation s ago was this of what I speak but I'm not at all siding n blaming just remembering my grandmother n my grandfather great elders.hoka hey so yes when does this film preview? Or is it out?

  11. Unknown says:

    Thank you so much! I have been looking for this since it was removed from Netflix.

  12. Unknown says:

    Tecumseh was a brilliant human being who had the capacity to be the president of the new United States, if he had been of European decent. His devotion to his race, and his vision for their future could have been tremendous.

  13. Unknown says:

    We need his legacy to survive and his spirit to inspire justice for all humans if there is to be a future.

  14. Anonymous says:

    When are they going to start teaching things like this in the schools??????

  15. I would like to watch so many native american movies, but there is no comfort in 240p.

  16. What about HD?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Read read read!!! AND listen to the elders!Let this vision play out in your head and keep it alive because it's endangered!

  18. Unknown says:

    When did he invent the lawn mower engine that is named after him?

  19. The Politicians in Washington are doing the same thing to the vast population of this country. This is what drives them to the world of war on their own. Do not forget these words as this is true, NOW !

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