Movie based on Bell, Okla., waterline opens

BY JAMI MURPHY
Former Reporter
12/10/2012 08:52 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The movie “Cherokee Word for Water” was released to the public in late November in both Tulsa and Tahlequah.

The movie is about Cherokees and non-Cherokees working together to build a waterline in the Cherokee community of Bell in the 1980s.

According to Circle Cinema’s website, a nonprofit and independent movie theater in Tulsa, the film “focuses on the cultural assets of Native people and seeks to help reshape the public perception of Native people.”

According to the Internet Movie Database website, the movie is told from the “perspective of Wilma Mankiller and full-blood Cherokee organizer Charlie Soap, who join forces to battle opposition and build a 16-mile waterline system using a community of volunteers.”

At the film’s Nov. 20 opening at the Dream Theater in Tahlequah, cast members, as well as Charlie Soap, fielded questions and talked about the film before its showing.

“One of the things that Wilma wanted this film to do was inspire people in the Native country about taking things into their own hands,” Soap said. “So this is what Wilma wanted to inspire people around the world that ‘you can do anything that you want to do if you just work together.’”

Moses Brings Plenty plays Soap in the film. Brings Plenty is an Oglala Lakota television, film and stage actor and a traditional drummer and singer from the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota.

Brings Plenty said when he first heard about filming in Oklahoma he was surprised because he had only been through Oklahoma City and wondered where they’d be filming this kind of movie.

“They said Tahlequah. I had never been to Tahlequah before. And I tell you what, I envy each and every one of you because this is some of the most beautiful country,” he said. “I told Charlie that you all have a beautiful place here and the people here…I felt like I was at home. And Tahlequah, you guys should be proud of what has been accomplished here.”

He added that this film is not just about indigenous people or Indian people, but about love and compassion that can be seen in the film and it comes across in many ways.

“This is about us as common people, as human beings, and we can make a lot of beautiful things happen when we all come together and support things that are positive,” Brings Plenty said.

There are plans to release the movie across the United States and in cities and towns throughout Indian Country in 2013. After its theaters run, it will be distributed among retailers for purchase, including Wal-Mart.

For more information about the movie, visit its Facebook page or the Wilma P. Mankiller website at www.wilmamankiller.com.

jami-custer@cherokee.org


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ᏣᎳᎩ

ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ.– ᎠᎾᏓᏴᎳᏗ “ᏣᎳᎩ ᎧᏁᎢᏍᏗ ᎠᎹ” ᎾᎿ ᏚᏂᏲᏏ ᏴᏫ ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎣᏂ ᏅᏓᏕᏆ ᎧᎸᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏧᎳ ᏔᎳᏏ ᎠᎴ ᏓᎵᏆ.

ᎠᎾᏓᏴᎳᏗᏍᎬ ᏓᏟᎶᏍᏓ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᎢᏧᎳᎭ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᏃᏢᏍᎩ ᎠᎹ ᎤᎶᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎤᎭᎸᏂᎢ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏁᎵᏍᎪᎯ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ.

ᏚᎾᏙᎵᏤᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ Circle Cinema’s website, nonprofit ᎠᎴ ᎤᏅᏌ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏖᏗ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᏧᎾᏓᏴᎵᏙᏗ ᏧᏃᏢᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎳᏏ, ᎯᎠ ᏧᏃᏢᏅ “ᎤᎾᎵᏐᏴᏍᏛ ᎯᎠ ᏂᏧᎾᏛᏁᎸᏍᏔᏅ ᎤᏂᎲ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏲᎲ ᎬᏩᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᏱᎩ ᎾᏂᎥ ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ.”

ᏚᎾᏙᎵᏤᎲ ᎾᎿ Internet Movie Database website, ᎯᎠ ᏣᏓᏴᎵᏛᏍᎩ ᎧᏃᎮᎯ “ ᎤᎴᏂᏙᎸ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎪᎵᎬᎢ Wilma Mankiller ᎠᎴ ᎧᎵ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏂᎬᏁᎵᏙᎯ Charlie Soap, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᎵᎪᏁᎸ ᎤᏦᏎᏗ ᏧᎾᏠᏏᏓᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎠᏃᏢᏍᎬ ᏓᎳᏚ ᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᎠᎹ ᎤᏪᏓᏍᏗ ᏓᏅᏗᏍᎬ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᎾᏓᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ.”

ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᏓᏴᎵᏙᏗ ᏅᏓᏕᏆ ᏔᎵᏍᎪᎸᏁ ᎠᎵᏍᏚᎢᏍᎬ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎾᎿ Dream ᏧᎾᏓᏴᎵᏙᏗ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎠᏁᎳᏗᎪ, ᎤᏠᏯᏍᏗ Charlie Soap, ᎤᎾᏛᏛᎮᎸᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏃᎮᎸ ᎤᏂᎲ ᎤᎾᏓᏴᎵᏙᏗ ᏏᏊ ᏄᎾᏓᏴᎳᏔᏅᎾ.

“ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏓᎴ ᎤᏚᎵᏍᎬ Wilma ᎯᎠ ᎠᏓᏴᎵᏙᏗ ᎤᏂᎲ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎦᎵᏍᏓᏗᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᏁᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏅᏙᏗ ᎤᏂᎲᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎣᏟ. “ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏚᎵᏍᎬ Wilma ᎤᎾᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎡᎶᎯ ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᎾᏍᎩ “ᎡᎵ ᎢᎬᏛᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏣᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᎢᏳᏃ ᏌᏊ ᏱᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎵ.”

Moses Brings Plenty ᏚᏁᎶᏅ ᏚᏓᏟᎶᏍᏛ ᎣᏟ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᏓᏴᎵᏙᏗ ᎠᏃᏢᏍᎬᎢ. Brings Plenty ᎾᏍᎩ Oglala Lakota ᎠᏓᏴᎵᏛᏍᎩ, ᏗᏓᏴᎵᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏛᏁᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏁᎶᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎱᎵ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏚᎾᏁᎶᏔᏅ ᏧᏩᎪᏔᏅᏍᏛᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎧᏃᎩᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ Pine Ridge reservation ᏧᎦᎾᏮ ᏓᎪᏓ.

Brings Plenty ᎤᏛᏅ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎤᏛᎦᏂ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏓᏴᎵᏙᏗ ᏛᏃᏢᏂᏒ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏎ ᎾᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏩᎪᏛ ᎤᎶᏎ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ City ᎦᏚᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᏍᎨ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᏗ ᎤᏃᏢᏗ ᎯᎠ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏓᏴᎵᏙᏗ.

“ᏓᎵᏆ ᎤᎾᏛᏅ, Ꮭ ᎢᎴᎯᏳ ᎠᏇᏙᎸ ᏱᎨᏎ ᏓᎵᏆ. ᏓᏨᏃᎯᏎᎵ, ᏕᏨᏛᏳᎨᏎ ᎢᏥᏏᏴᏫᏈᏳᎭ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎯᎠ ᎤᏬᏚᎯ ᎨᏒ ᎯᎠ ᏙᏱᏗᏢ ᎦᏚᎲᎢ,” ᎤᏛᏅᎢ. “ᏧᏃᎯᏎᎸ Charlie ᎢᎦ ᎤᏬᏚᎯ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎢᏤᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎠᎭᏂ…… ᎠᏇᏅᏒ ᏥᎨᏐ ᎠᏆᏓᏅᏓᏛ. ᎠᎴ ᏓᎵᏆ, ᏙᎯᏳ ᎢᏣᏢᏇᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏅᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᎭᏂ.”

ᎤᏁᏉᎥ ᎯᎠ ᏗᏓᏴᎵᏙᏗ ᏥᎩ Ꮭ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᏓᏁᏩᏗᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᏅᏌ ᏱᎩ, ᎾᏍᎩᏍᎩᏂ ᎠᏓᎨᏳᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏓᏙᎵᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏓᏴᎵᏛᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ.

“ᎯᎠ ᎬᏚᏫᏍᏔᏅ ᏧᏂᏣᏔᏊ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎨᏒᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎡᎵᏊ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏛ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎢᎬᏩᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏱᎩᎷᏣ ᎠᎴ ᏱᏗᎦᏓᎫᏍᏛᎾ ᎾᎿ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎨᏒᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Brings Plenty.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏗᎫᎪᏔᏅᎢ ᏗᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏓᏴᎵᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᏂᎬᎾᏛᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏔᏂ ᏕᎦᏚᎲ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏍᏗ ᏕᎦᏚᎲ ᏗᎬᏩᎾᏗᏫᏍᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏚᏂᏚᎲᎢ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏦᎦᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎯᎠ ᏓᎾᏓᏴᎳᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᏂᏍᏆᏙᏅ, ᏫᏚᎾᏓᏁᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏓᎾᏓᎾᏅ ᏧᏂᏩᎯᏍᏗᎢ, ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ Wal-Mart.

ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᏲᏚᎵ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏴᎵᏙᏗ, ᏪᏓᏍᏗ Facebook page ᎠᎴ Wilma P. Mankiller website at www.wilmamankiller.com.

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