We Shall Remain

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We Shall Remain
Written byDustinn Craig
Sarah Colt
Ric Burns
Mark Zwonitzer
Directed byChris Eyre
Ric Burns
Stanley Nelson Jr.
Dustinn Craig
Sarah Colt
Narrated byBenjamin Bratt
Theme music composerJohn Kusiak
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes5
Running time90 minutes
(eps. 1, 5)
60 minutes
(eps. 2, 3, 4)
Original networkPBS
Original releaseApril 13 (2009-04-13) –
May 11, 2009 (2009-05-11)

We Shall Remain (2009) is a five-part, 7.5-hour documentary series about the history of Native Americans in the United States, from the 17th century into the 20th century. It was a collaborative effort with several different directors, writers and producers working on each episode, including directors Chris Eyre, Ric Burns and Stanley Nelson Jr.[1] Actor Benjamin Bratt narrated the entire series. It is part of the PBS American Experience series and premiered on April 13, 2009.[1]

Episode list[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Original air date
1"After the Mayflower"[2]Chris EyreApril 13, 2009 (2009-04-13)
In 1621, Wampanoag leader Massasoit negotiates to provide help to the ailing Pilgrims from the Mayflower, who are on the brink of disaster, because he thinks this alliance will ensure protection for his tribe from the threatening Narragansett tribe. For the next fifty years, events prove that Massasoit was wrong, as continuing European immigration, deaths from widespread new diseases, and overuse of natural resources push the interaction between the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims to war led by Metacomet, Massasoit's son.
2"Tecumseh's Vision"[3]Ric Burns & Chris EyreApril 20, 2009 (2009-04-20)
In 1805, Indians in the Northwest Territory were feeling the threat of westward expansion by European-American pioneers. Tecumseh, a Shawnee, brought regional tribes together into a confederacy with the common goal of saving their ancestral lands and establishing a separate Indian nation state. Tecumseh was killed in battle in 1813.
3"Trail of Tears"[4]Chris EyreApril 27, 2009 (2009-04-27)
In years of trading with European Americans, many Cherokee members also adopted aspects of European-American religion, government, and education to establish their standing with the United States government and retain recognition of their rights to their homeland as a sovereign nation. But President Andrew Jackson gained passage of the Indian Removal Act in 1830, and proceeded to remove especially the Southeastern Five Civilized Tribes. On May 26, 1838, U S troops forcibly began to remove the Cherokee and their enslaved African Americans from their land to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) west of the Mississippi River. More than 4,000 people died of disease and starvation along the Trail of Tears.
4"Geronimo"[5]Dustinn CraigMay 4, 2009 (2009-05-04)
Apache Geronimo and his fierce band of warriors refused to accept the expansion of the United States and Mexican into his tribe's land on the Plains. They earned the distinction of being one of the last major forces of Native American resistance before their eventual surrender in 1886. Geronimo became the most famous Native American of his time.
5"Wounded Knee"[6]Stanley NelsonMay 11, 2009 (2009-05-11)
At a time of increasing Indian activism, the American Indian Movement's last stand at Wounded Knee in 1973 brought attention to the desperate conditions of Indian reservation life. Around 200 American Indians engaged in a 71-day standoff at the Pine Ridge Reservation with the US government, demanding redress for grievances, some of which were of 100 years' standing.


  1. ^ a b Wertz, Jay. "We Shall Remain - Interview with Ric Burns and Chris Eyre". Historynet.com. (n.d.) Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  2. ^ "American Experience | We Shall Remain | After the Mayflower". PBS. Retrieved Dec 14, 2012.
  3. ^ "American Experience | We Shall Remain | Tecumseh's Vision". PBS. Retrieved Dec 14, 2012.
  4. ^ "American Experience | We Shall Remain | Trail of Tears". PBS. Retrieved Dec 14, 2012.
  5. ^ "American Experience | We Shall Remain | Geronimo". PBS. Retrieved Dec 14, 2012.
  6. ^ "American Experience | We Shall Remain | Wounded Knee". PBS. Retrieved Dec 14, 2012.

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