The Education of Little Tree (film)
|The Education of Little Tree|
|Directed by||Richard Friedenberg|
|Produced by||Jake Eberts|
|Screenplay by||Richard Friedenberg
Earl Hamner, Jr.
Graham Greene (actor)
|Music by||Mark Isham|
|Edited by||Jere Huggins, Wayne Wahrman|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
The Education of Little Tree is a 1997 American film written and directed by Richard Friedenberg based on the controversial 1976 fictional memoir of the same title by Asa Earl Carter (writing under the pseudonym Forrest Carter) about an orphaned boy raised by his paternal Scottish-descent grandfather and Cherokee grandmother in the Great Smoky Mountains.
In the 1930s, an eight-year old boy who is later given the Native American name "Little Tree" (Joseph Ashton) was being raised alone by his widowed mother and is left an orphan when she dies of illness. His white mother's sister comes to take him but his paternal grandfather (James Cromwell) and grandmother (Tantoo Cardinal), whose ancestors had escaped from the Trail of Tears and hid in the Great Smoky Mountains, arrive and take the boy to live with them. In his grandparents' care, the boy, learns about his heritage as a descendant of Native Americans in the United States through them and their Cherokee friend Willow John (Graham Greene).
Little Tree is removed from his home by the government and placed in the Notched Gap Indian School, a fictional Native American boarding school whose mission is to reform Native children and make them assimilate into the dominate white culture, but Little Tree's grandfather, through the instigation of Willow John, soon rescues him and takes him back home.
Cast and characters
- Joseph Ashton as Little Tree
- James Cromwell as Granpa
- Tantoo Cardinal as Granma
- Graham Greene as Willow John
- Christopher Heyerdahl as Pine Billy
- Mika Boorem as "Little Girl"