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The original Davy Crockett Program by Walt Disney

The original Davy Crockett Program by Walt Disney

POOF has a real treat for you . . . a very important film from television history . . .  Davy Crockett: Indian Fighter   by Walt Disney.  The scenery is beautiful, because the entire program was filmed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You will see Chief Red Stick,  Chief of all the Red Stick Creeks . . . authentically dressed in a buffalo headdress.

Oh well . . .

This first Walt Disney TV program aired on December 15, 1954.  Most of it was in color, but virtually no one in the United States owned a color TV.   Some  would  see the program in color when it was re-broadcast in the 1960s.   Even then, very few homes had color TV.

The new program was called Disneyland because Walt Disney made a deal with ABC that if he produced a one hour program each month, ABC would pay for the construction Disneyland in Southern California.

Here is the URL for the first 15 minute film:

You will find the other three segments on the side bar of YouTube after watching the first segment.


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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.



    and, besides Disney Land there was another program called “Hit Parade” (?) that each week they counted down the top 10 most popular songs …. week after week the number one song was Davey Crockett ….(killed him a bar when he was only three…).
    seems like the broadcast was only Wednesday night and as you say.. only black and white. (saw the originals as they were first broadcast…) :o)

  2. Now I didn’t know that, Richard B! I also didn’t know that Davy Crockett was filmed in the Smokies until today. Guess everyone assumed that it was filmed in California like most movies back then.


    in ’49 I saw my first tv program , it was a talent show of some sort. the one sponsor was a cigarette co (probably Camel or Chesterfield). what was interesting, they had some dancing kicker girls (.. think Rockettes..) and their upper torso was a cigarette box… with legs only at the bottom, and they danced as the Rockettes are known for. at the time that was cutting edge believe it or not….


    many thanks for all you effort. question . . . in the white county news within some months, a full page was written on a new dig site north of helen, ga, and was asking for volunteers to help at the site. Have you any knowledge of this? lost the trail. peace and love paula

    • Hey Paula!

      I have not heard a word about that site. We were particularly interested that dig because the house was supposed to date from the 1600s, which is the time period that the Apalache Foundation is focused on. However, I don’t expect the archaeologist to very communicative with me. He’s the one that wrote an article in Indian Country Today, which said we know for a fact that there were no Mayas in Georgia. The archaeologist is from Missouri and knows diddlysquat about the Creek Indians or the Mayas. As proof, he chose as the photo to accompany his article a photo of symbols carved into a boulder at Track Rock Gap, the Maya glyphs for “Great Sun”. Anybody who knew the least amount about the Mayas would have recognized those glyphs. I rolled in the floor laughing. Thank you for you kind comments.


    see below paula


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