Contrary Warrior

Contrary Warrior

Filmed in Nevada on the Paiute-Shoshone Indian Reservation, Contrary Warrior is an intimate first-person account on the life and work of Native American activist, artist, ceremonial leader, enemy of the state, and author, Adam Fortunate Eagle. After graduating from Haskell Institute in Kansas he moves to San Francisco and becomes a successful businessman and the “perfect” urban Indian. Injustices met by urban Indians motivate him to become an advocate for their rights. Eventually he becomes one of the principle architects of the American Indian takeover of Alcatraz Island in 1969 – an action that brings about social change. Because of this the government declares him an “enemy of the state” and he loses his business and virtually everything he owns. Forced to go back to the reservation, he hones his skills as a ceremonial pipe maker, sculptor, and author and continues his calling as a ceremonial leader and statesman for his people.Director: John Ferry Program Length: 83 minutes Release Date: February 10, 2010

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Contrary Warrior
  • Contrary Warrior: The Life and Times of Adam Fortunate Eagle

    Filmed in Nevada on the Paiute-Shoshone Indian Reservation, Contrary Warrior is an intimate first-person account on the life and work of Native American activist, artist, ceremonial leader, enemy of the state, and author, Adam Fortunate Eagle. After graduating from Haskell Institute in Kansas he ...