Picks and Pans Review: The Native Americans
This documentary, airing over three nights, considers U.S. history from the Native American perspective. Needless to say, it's not a pretty picture. It's not a very good film either.
Each segment fixes on a particular region, from the Northeast to the Southwest, using a handful of leaders from tribes indigenous to that area to reflect on their heritages. We are frequently reminded of what a paradise this continent ostensibly was before European settlers arrived. Apparently one couldn't shoot an arrow in the air without bringing down a brace of birds, an elk and two buffalo.
Though occasionally affecting, the project is cluttered, shapeless, simplistic and uneven. It's like watching the longest public-service announcement ever made.