Bury My Heart At Tonawanda

Bury My Heart At Tonawanda

Shunned by 19th century society, a man with a disability finds love and acceptance with the Seneca Nation. Bury My Heart with Tonawanda tells the story of John Harrison, a developmentally disabled boy with Downs Syndrome, who is rejected by his own family, but accepted and nurtured by the Tonawanda Seneca Nation.

The film teaches us about Seneca culture, beliefs and myths. Above all, the story reveals the positive effects of love and respect and challenges our historical stereotypes about Native Americans.

The film is endorsed by the people of the Tonawanda Indian Reservation including their tribal elders. For this reason, the film becomes a piece of living history--a testament to the past but also depicting a nation intent on preserving its culture, traditions and language for the future.

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Bury My Heart At Tonawanda
  • Bury My Heart At Tonawanda

    Set in the mid-1800s, Bury My Heart with Tonawanda tells the story of John Harrison, a young man with Downs Syndrome who is rejected by his own family but accepted by the Tonawanda Seneca people. Rich in Seneca culture, beliefs and mythology, this story challenges common historical stereotypes ab...