Producer of The Walking Dead To Tackle This Native Woman’s Story

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown March 15th, 2015 Last Updated on: March 15th, 2015

Gale Anne Hurd, known as the “First Lady of Sci-Fi,” is the producer of many popular films such as The Terminator trilogy and Aliens. You're probably most familiar with her current work as Executive Producer of The Walking Dead, which has been touted as the most-watched scripted television drama. However you might not know that she has also produced two documentaries on Native American subjects with her long-time friend director/producer Valerie Red-Horse: True Whispers: The Story of The Navajo Code Talkers and Choctaw Code Talkers. So what is their next project going to be?

When history fails to preserve stories from our past and present, it’s up to us to correct the record. Wilma Mankiller, the first woman elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, is omitted from most history books despite ranking among revolutionary leaders like Harriet Tubman or Eleanor Roosevelt. She was an activist and a champion to a nation – and it’s time the world remembers her name.

Mankiller is a documentary celebrating a leader who defied all odds to make a difference for her people. During a time when American Indians found themselves disenfranchised and undervalued by the United States at large, Wilma emerged as a champion of the Cherokee Nation and became its first female Principal Chief in 1985.


Below is a small snippit of what the Mankiller documentary will look like. And if you're a fan of The Walking Dead like I am, you'll recognize some of the voices and faces in this Kickstarter video.

There are a ton of perks for The Walking Dead fans if you donate to the project including t-shirts, signed scripts, DVDs and tickets to special events if you're a big spender.

For more information on the project and to find out how you can donate to the Mankiller documentary, please visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/valhallaent/mankiller/.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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William Tyner

Tecumseh and no other…


Oh yeah!
Training young people is the foundation of a sustainable future of the country.

Of course I support the idea of the author.

Thank you

Karin Lisa Atkinson

You can VOTE for Wilma Mankiller as the face for the new American 420 bill here: http://www.womenon20s.org

Caroline Hays

I am so glad to hear that Native Americans will get some sort of notoriety for their efforts as leaders. There is so much behind their history and American youth will never be taught the real truth. It’s time to teach those who will listen the hardships that they have gone through; even today!

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