He was the Native American who taught the Pilgrims to fish and farm, but few people know of the tragic events that saw him carried to foreign lands and cultures...or what he found when he returned home. Discover the incredible story of one of American history’s most compelling figures as it unfolds in this dramatization from Focus on the Family. This is more than just a tale about an honest man who triumphed over tragedy. It is a tribute to honor, integrity, and the God-given ability to look beyond the color of ones skin...and into the heart.
AN INTRODUCTION TO
THE LEGEND OF SQUANTO
By Writer/Director Paul McCusker
From the slave auctions in Spain to the luxurious splendor of an English manor house, Squanto endured great cruelty – yet discovered remarkable kindness – at the hands of the white man. As evidence mounts about his tribe’s tragic disappearance, Squanto learns he has every reason to hate the white man. But instead, he chooses something vastly different.
The Legend of Squanto dramatizes this missing chapter in American history… showing how the last surviving member of one tribe became an integral part of the new nation called America.
“Who?” was the most commonly asked question when we decided to tell the story of Squanto. Admittedly, a Thanksgiving drama about the “Indian who helped save the Pilgrims” didn’t sound terribly exciting. We wondered how long people would want to listen to a dramatic gardening program as Squanto taught the Pilgrims to plant corn. But then we began to research his life, and what emerged turned out to be far more dramatic that we could have imagined.
For the sake of honesty, we have added the word “legend” to this dramatization since all of the accounts we found – in out-of-print books, records, journals, letters, novels, and writings of the Pilgrim fathers themselves – were inconsistent. Because much about his life fell to inconsistencies, we decided to assemble into our narrative those elements that were common to most of the stories. So, while we wouldn’t dare call this a fact-for-fact account of what really happened to Squanto, it is a fair dramatic representation of his remarkable life.
And it was remarkable. Not only because of the sheer adventure of his experience, but because of the powerful human themes that pervade it. Here is a story of great betrayal and profound loss, of compassion and forgiveness. It is a story about a pilgrim of the heart who had searched for, and found, his true home in the most unlikely of places.
Approx. 100 min.
2 CDs, $14.97
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