Plains Indian Girl
Named locations: Black Hills, South Dakota, Mt. Rushmore
Major themes covered: Mary Lou lives on a reservation along the Missouri River: comparative lifeways for K-8 audience.
Native activities shown: Children at Indian School near Mt. Rushmore, daily life, farming, sewing, beading, Christian conversion, social and fancy dancing at a fair.
Individuals Named: Mary Lou, sister Vivian, Reverend Browning
Native language spoken: audible chants during fair sequence
Noteworthy elements: Traditional regalia of bustle, feathers and roach of porcupine, deer hair and eagle feathers worn in “war dance” near end. Most likely the Oglala Lakota Nation, regalia of the Oglala Lakota worn in “dance” section of film as well as the naming of the region of the Black Hills.
--Kari Quiballo, 2012