Tonight PBS begins running “We Shall Remain,” a five part series that tells the story of American history from the perspective of Native Americans. Here is a snippet of a review (preview?) by Philip Kennicott of the Washington Post.
“We Shall Remain” is unapologetically committed to the now suspect idea of Great Man history, the chronicle of charismatic leaders, epic battles and dramatic, decisive events indelibly marked on the calendar and mythologized for centuries after.
It may be old-fashioned, but it radically shifts the sense of agency and psychological complexity from familiar American icons to Native Americans who once played only supporting roles. The effect is rather like the psychological shock one gets when the map of the world is turned upside down. It’s still a map and still reliable in every way. It’s just disorienting.