Richard Thornton | May 9, 2017 | 23
Spanish movie about Spanish atrocities against Indigenous Americans
Even the Rain
This brilliant movie, produced by a Spanish film company, has just been added by Netflix and Hulu. It also can be streamed online for free. Even the Rain has a double plot and is actually based on a true story. One sees the original movie about the conquest of the Americas by Spain, while simultaneously learning what life is like for Bolivian Indians. It has English subtitles for the predominantly Spanish and Quechua dialogues.
In the year 2000, a Spanish film company made a movie about the atrocities, committed by Spanish colonists during the 1500s and 1600s. It was filmed in Bolivia instead of the Caribbean Basin, because the destitute Bolivian Indians would work as extras for a $1 a day and as actors for $2 a day.
A natural leader among the local Indians turns out to be an outstanding actor, even though he has never done acting before. Simultaneously, he is the leader of what is initially a non-violent protest movement. The local Indians have no water to drink, even though it rains regularly.
This is true. A few years earlier, the government of Bolivia gave all the rights of the water in Bolivia to an international company based in California, in return for the company agreeing to dig wells and construct trunk water lines. Part of the agreement was that Bolivia’s Indians could no longer collect rainwater or dig wells. Any wells already dug became the property of the American company . . . that goes for private wells for individual homes. People, who had paid for wells to be dug for their house, started getting bills for their own water from “Aguas de Bolivia” – the local name for the Gringo company.
What the movie illustrates is that since 1492, things have not changed a whole lot for many of the indigenous peoples of South America and Central America.
You will also learn that real Indians don’t look like Reba McIntyre or are obsessed in proving that they are descended from Pocahontas.
Think it can’t happen to us? All of the National Forests in the United States were put up as collateral in order to obtain a massive loan from China in 2009, to bale out the major banks. If the United States defaults, China owns all of our national forests!
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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history.Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.
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