Two songs from Steve Rushingwind, one of our Two Steves, have been included in the documentary, The Warrior Tradition, which debuts November 11 on PBS. The Warrior Tradition is having a premiere showing at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian on October 29, and Steve will be there to perform for the event.
"This is close to my heart, as my Father, Sgt Gilbert Perez Ruiz (Cahuilla/Opata) served in the US Army in WWII in the South Pacific," Steve said.
The Warrior Tradition tells the astonishing, heartbreaking, inspiring, and largely-untold story of Native Americans in the United States military. Why do they do it? Why would Indian men and women put their lives on the line for the very government that took their homelands? The film chronicles the accounts of Native American warriors from their own points of view – stories of service and pain, of courage and fear.
The Warrior Tradition, a one-hour documentary, is a co-production of WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto and Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc. Produced and directed by Lawrence Hott, written by Ken Chowder, Edited by Rikk Desgres. Cinematography by David Litz, Sound by Mark Henry. John Grant is executive producer for WNED.
The Warrior Tradition has been made possible by a major grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting: A private corporation funded by the American People. With additional funding by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Independent Health and Arizona Humanities.