The film displays the manner in which people from advanced cultures treat their counterparts from less advanced cultures. Religion, culture and color are factors that people are judged along by the people around them. People who belong to advanced cultures show no respect for those who belong to less advanced cultures. Those from advanced cultures also treat people from less advanced cultures violently. A theme of advanced culture prejudice is evident in “Blankets for the dead”.
The film presents the plight of the natives. It also shows how they are harshly treated. They are forcefully evicted from their land; therefore, they move to Oklahoma. The natives had attempted to protect their land and safeguard their culture. However, they received violent treatment and were unable to protect their culture. I was unaware about these events until I watched the film. The treatment was a tragedy, which led to the eviction of natives.
I was able to understand the events of Blankets for the Dead from The Trail of Tears. The film demonstrates inhuman actions that were performed to Native Americans. The native Americans were not respected and faced aggression. The scenes in the film made me feel embarrassed about the way that Native Americans were treated. The moments shown in the film pass on feelings of sadness and anger to viewers. During those days, Native Americans were not respected.
The film shows the events of the 16th century. During this period, Europeans came to America to explore and spread Christianity. Others came to trade and search for trade partners. However, they displaced the Native Americans as they begun settling in America. They were aggressive towards Americans, and innocent Native Americans were the victims. Whenever two cultures and countries interact, the interaction should not result in war or displacement of innocent citizens. I understand how Native Americans suffered during the war.
The film helped me understand the hardship that Native Americans went trough. However, they expressed great faith and anticipation for a better life. They expressed patience for better days, and their patience was not in vain. When the end came, they felt better. Faith was the most important thing for the Native Americans to survive in that harsh environment. Without faith, Native Americans would not have survived through the hardships. I am glad that need to believe is highlighted in the film.
The film made me understand the segregation that took place during the 16th century. People were segregated based on their race, skin color and religion. The film highlights how people judge others wrongly. People are misjudged due to their ethnicity and religion. This criterion used to judge people is baseless and often not true. The film made me evaluate myself to consider how I treat people. I understand that people need to be treated equally and with respect.
People desire to live an equal and fair life. However, this is not always the case. People do not always get the treatment they desire. Natives went through a hard life during the period when Europeans came to America. However, their experiences created history. Today, people have leant to treat people with respect and such incidents do not occur. People learn from history, events that happened and they are able to analyze the events to plan for future actions.
The film enlightened me on the perceptions of the Europeans as they came to America. Europeans came with the thought that they were from an advanced culture. This perception made them mistreat Native Americans who were Indians. They considered the native Americans as members of an inferior race. They grabbed all the resources from the natives. I also leant that leaders were killed during the process. However, during this period leaders played an important role of encouraging their members.
The events in the film enabled me to understand and visualize the events of the 16th century. Most of the occurrences that took place during the period were unpreventable. Racial segregation took center stage in social interactions. People who were from advanced cultures were able to enrich themselves and use their wealth to bring down others. These people thought of themselves to be better than others. Such events still take place in the society today where people are judged due to their religion.
The film expanded the knowledge I had acquired from “Blankets for the Dead”. Reading the book only gave me ideas of the events. However, the film gave me a clear picture of the actual events. The film highlights how politics took place and how politicians initiated ethnic cleansing. It is interesting to learn how we fought for the equal treatment of all individuals. It should be the basis of judgment if a person is more educated or richer than others are. Every person deserves equal treatment.