Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Denying Denial

A group of over 100 Iranian intellectuals have condemned their government's sponsorship of a conference on Holocaust denial; see

I watched John Ford's 1964 film Cheyenne Autumn. I thought it was ground-breaking for its time; it is sympathetic to the Cheyenne people (although few of the Native characters are played by aboriginal actors) and to Quakers, and depicts cowboy racism and the collusion of mining and railroad interests in destroying the First Nations of the Plains. It certainly shows the progression from the same director's The Searchers, which begins to show racism towards the First Nations, to Dances With Wolves.

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