Way of the Warrior – Documentary Shows Bravery of Native American Veterans

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown May 17th, 2015 Last Updated on: May 17th, 2015


As you know, Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States in which we remember and honor those who died while serving in the armed forces. There are a lot of great documentaries that highlight these brave souls, especially our Native warriors. Way of the Warrior was originally released back in 2007 on PBS stations and is now available to watch online for free.



This documentary examines the visceral nature of war and the bravery of Native-American veterans who served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War–and came to grips with the difficult post-war personal and societal conditions.

The program honors the endurance and sacrifice of individuals such as Mitchell Red Cloud (Ho-Chunk), a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient; Ira Hayes (Pima), one of the flag raisers on Iwo Jima; Phil Coon (Creek), a Bataan Death March survivor; and John Yahola (Creek), a member of the red Stick Warrior society.

Their stories are examined through the prism of what it means to be “ogichidaa,” one who protects and follows the way of the warrior. Dramatic historical footage, period photographs and sound effects juxtaposed with photos of veterans in more genial settings, away from combat with family and friends stateside, create portrait of not just the warrior, but the paradox of a warrior's motivations.

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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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3rd World Worker

Did same for me. Check out Iraq for Sale:The War Profiteers. (Remember the cowardice of true war contractors this veterans day.)


All video did was buffer without coming on.

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