Richard Thornton | Mar 17, 2017 | 1
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.
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