The Song of Hiawatha
This adaptation of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s beloved epic poem, “The Song of Hiawatha,” celebrates the heroic deeds of the legendary Ojibway chief of miraculous birth, sent by the Great Spirit to lead his people.
Fur trader Jean Bertrand (Michael Rooker), French priest Father Marcel (David Strathairn) and Indian interpreter O Kagh (Graham Greene) canoe through the Lake Superior region in search of Hiawatha. Tribesmen guide them to the lodge of his grandmother, Nokomis (Sheila Tousey), where she and tribal elder Iagoo (Gordon Tootoosis) tell Hiawatha’s story.
In this adaptation of the story of Hiawatha, the film is a story within a story. The film begins with some American travelers looking for Hiawatha. Once they get to the village, they are told the story of Hiawatha. This film is informative and also interesting while keeping the story moving. Because of the action and battle scenes, this film is best for children twelve and up. Dove is happy to award “The Song for Hiawatha” the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.