Warrior in Two Worlds

Warrior in Two Worlds

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

This film looks at the life of Ely Parker, a Seneca chief, a legal scholar, an engineer, a Civil War hero, and a Cabinet-level commissioner. 

In honor of Native American Heritage Month WXXI presents Warrior in Two Worlds. Produced in 2004 by WXXI in collaboration with the Rochester Museum and Science Center, the film looks at the life of Ely Parker, a Seneca chief, a legal scholar, an engineer, a Civil War hero, and a Cabinet-level commissioner -- all by the age of 40.  The film is narrated by Native American actor Wes Studi, who is set to become the first Native American to win an Oscar February 2020. Warrior in Two Worlds airs Monday, November 4 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

At first glance, Parker's story appears to be one of success and triumph. Yet he died in poverty far from the land of his birth. In later life he was estranged from his people and dismissed by political leaders he once considered friends. Today, American history remembers him as a mere footnote, and inside the Seneca community, he is a controversial figure -- considered a hero by some, branded a traitor by others.

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