The Warrior Tradition

The Warrior Tradition

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

Twenty-nine Navajo recruits, about to be trained as code talkers, arrive at Fort Wingate in April 1942.

Credit: Courtesy of NARA

There’s more to the story than heroism. And there’s more than one way to be a warrior.

Explore the complicated ways the culture and traditions of Native Americans have affected their participation in the United States military when The Warrior Tradition airs Monday, November 11, 2019 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV. The one-hour documentary, co-produced by WNED-TV Buffalo Toronto and Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc., tells the stories of Native American warriors from their own points of view – stories of service and pain, of courage and fear.

The Warrior Tradition dispels the old duality of the Noble Savage/helpless victim that has dominated our cultural portrait of Native Americans for more than a century. But it’s a more complicated story. Indian warriors have a wide mix of emotions and motives – patriotism, pride, rage, courage, practicality, and spirituality, all mingling with an abiding respect for tribal, familial, and national traditions.