As long as the grass grows and the waters flow ~
This was the supposed allegory of the ironic gift of the white man to give Indians land they took from them in the first place. “As long as the grass grows and the waters flow,” meant the amount of time Indians might own the land they lived on, and one derivative which drove the American Indian Movement (A.I.M.) to exist, each star on a state seal a state stolen from them. The Black Hills, actually sacred Indian land which brings a curse to all whom go to make money off of great festivities ~ mass graves of the spirits of thousands of American Indian tribal members. Crazy Horse, Red Cloud and Full Bull the main movie stars of this film, Lakota Woman, Seige At Wounded Knee is the true story of Mary Crow and her involvement with the 1970’s Native American uprising that began after they finally decided to fight for boundaries and the protection of their people and especially their women after one too many unprovoked murder, and still the rape and beating of the women by the corrupt white men and even one Indian man they conspired with went on after the establishment of the group.
Rosebud, a word of importance for the day, and like one drop of blood or a ride to a better place, or listening to the wisdom of a fool, for Mary Crow, she at first lived her life like one wild party, a resistance to the South Dakota displacement of the Indians, a behavioral result for her alone of hurt and anger over the mistreatment and abuse of her people everywhere. Apache Spencer next to her jail cell warns her though that her stance to warm up to the opposition and to complement his cause to fight for his Indian people, sedition and the cause to riot, she must sober up to fight her enemy. According to the book which the Fonda Films Production promoted for the film, the women stayed at a hangout for Indian activists, which at the time named the Mother Butler Seminary, Toony, a good friend of the journalist style writer of the book, Mary Crow Dog herself wrote, “One night I was trying to sleep when a girl called Toony came in, all excited. “This whole goddam town is going to blow up any minute!” All business, she put down her bag, pulled out a knife, and stuck it in her boot. Her cowboy boots were tipped with metal. She was showing them off: “These are my special shitkickers. I’m putting on war paint.”
The death of Webster, a sad turning point for Mary Crow, the Lakota Woman, the train that plowed into them made no more sense than the Valentine Day slaughter and killing of the young Indian brave on the February 14th that sparked the whole A.I.M. movement to begin with. Mary reminded of the Indian man at her jail cell, slightly older than her who spoke of winning and not defeat began to find encouragement to join the movement. And although a single mother with child at the time, which she implied as his child listened to him tell her as he left. “I’m a fire starter, a dream catcher. There’s nothing here for me anymore.” But it was this same man that had also told her, You better care, cuz they sure as Hell don’t ~ We like the spark. We’re gonna take it all back, and then we’re gonna set it all free.