While just a boy, Walter Littlemoon was taken from his home and family to a state-run school where he didn't speak the language, didn't understand the culture and didn't really know why he was there. But it soon became clear: These people were attempting to sever him from everything he knew and understood so that he could be more like them. The policy behind it was known as "kill the Indian and save the man." The year was 1950, and Littlemoon was one of thousands of American Indians who were being forcefully assimilated into mainstream America at the expense of everything their own culture held dear. Littlemoon tells this story himself in his memoir, They Call Me Uncivilized, which chronicles his own journey back to mental, emotional, spiritual and cultural health. With director Randy Vasquez, Littlemoon tells the shared story of many American Indians in the documentary The Thick Dark Fog. It's a true story of how one man had to save himself before he could help save others. The Thick Dark Fog screens tonight at 7 p.m. in the Moore Auditorium on Webster University's campus (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/filmseries). Tickets are $4 to $6.
Tue., Sept. 25, 2012