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The Modoc War

Author: Kami Horton; Oregon Public Broadcasting.; Oregon Historical Society.
Publisher: [Portland, Or.] : Oregon Public Broadcasting : Oregon Historical Society, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English
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This program examines one of the most dramatic American Indian wars in U.S. history. The Modoc War began in November 1872 when the military tried to force a small band of Modoc Indians, led by Captain Jack, to a reservation. The Modocs took refuge in an ancient lava flow that became their stronghold. Today it is a part of the Lava Beds National Monument. The Modocs knew the land and used it to their advantage.  Read more...
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Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Kami Horton; Oregon Public Broadcasting.; Oregon Historical Society.
OCLC Number: 768341966
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Originally broadcast as an episode of the OPB series "Oregon Experience."
Credits: Editor, Bruce Barrow ; videographers, Greg Bond, Nicholas Fisher ; narrator, Jim Cissell.
Description: 1 videodisc (57 min., 15 sec.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Other Titles: Oregon experience (Television program)
Responsibility: producer/writer, Kami Horton.

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This program examines one of the most dramatic American Indian wars in U.S. history. The Modoc War began in November 1872 when the military tried to force a small band of Modoc Indians, led by Captain Jack, to a reservation. The Modocs took refuge in an ancient lava flow that became their stronghold. Today it is a part of the Lava Beds National Monument. The Modocs knew the land and used it to their advantage. Twisting lava tubes and hidden caves created the perfect hideout for fifty-five Modoc warriors and their families. Indian policy was the subject of national debate and many humanitarians sided with the Modocs. Then the Indians attacked a peace commission, resulting in the only U.S. general killed in an Indian conflict. The government cracked down hard, calling for swift punishment. By the end, the Modocs were fighting off a force of nearly 1,000 men, made up of both military soldiers and civilian volunteers. Again and again, the small band of Indians overcame incredible odds to protect their way of life. But it could not last. Their world was about to change forever. Oregon Experience revisits the battle scenes, and uses rare historical images and original wood cut drawings from the period. Additionally, interviews with Modoc descendants, national historians and written first-hand accounts, bring the Modoc War to life.

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