*If you have not seen Wind River there are spoilers below*
Wind River is a movie which is about a teenage girl who is given a great injustice when she is first raped. Along with the later investigation into the less than normal circumstances behind her death.
The scene is set during the beginning when the screen brings up an image of a girl running through the snow. She ends up dying not because of the rape which is committed to her but rather because of what the cold tends to do to your lungs when extremely cold air is inhaled continuously. Cold air tends to caused the lungs to freeze and eventually it results in the freezing of air particles which results in a person’s lungs freezing. Bottom line the end result is that you more than likely end up drowning in your own blood.
The movie was created by the revelation when the director which is to be mentioned Taylor Sheridan heard about the brutal unsolved murders which had taken place.
The Truth Behind the Wind River ReservationÂ
The truth behind the Wind River reservation is that it is much like many other Indian Reservations which have more than a slight unemployment rate and a life expectancy which is earth-shattering. I’m going to call the Wind River Reservation WR to save time in writing because having to write out Wind River constantly is tiresome. But on the WR there is a life expectancy of 49 years old and there is an unemployment rate of more than 80 percent which has only managed to grow ever since. The basis of the movie of WR is that there is the basis that there are many unsolved murders which give this movie an evidential basis because of the horrifying statistic. The Indian Tribes which the reservation consists of is the Eastern Shoshone and the Northern Arapaho tribes.
A horrifying statistic which was discovered at the very end of the movie which is true is this very line.
The way in which the director and the creator of this movie discovered the statistic was that before even creating this movie Taylor Sheridan had two or three researchers look into a statistic. A statistic about the actual care which there was for Native American women, and there was none in the regard that if someone from Native American background went missing. These researchers spent two or three months as they searched into trying to find a tangible statistic and there was none. The two people came back and talked about how there was no statistic to be found and Taylor Sheridan told the researchers that this was their statistic.
There is apart from these statistics more than one horrible statistics which have to be considered. There is a horrifying statistics that Native American women are more likely to be raped at a rate which is four times the national average. There is also the horrifying statistic that Native American Women are ten times Â more likely to be murdered than your average American. This horrifying statistic is also accompanied by the aspect of something which should shake you to the very core.
The truth of the matter is that there is the aspect which many people don’t mention. A white man who comes onto a reservation, should he commit a crime can only be punished on the particular reservation by that very particular reservation police. If the person who committed this crime is caught outside the reservation then the person cannot be convicted of a crime unless there is an actual felony. Which brings up the question. As to whether we are truly better than the people which we called savages, when we invaded their homeland and took away their land. And more often we never kept our own word when we made the supposed peace agreements.
Wind River Reservation Page
Klassen, Anna. “The True Story Behind ‘Wind River’ Is This Hidden Injustice Against Native American Women.” Bustle, 10 Aug. 2017, www.bustle.com/p/the-true-story-behind-wind-river-is-this-hidden-injustice-against-native-american-women-75304.
*Credit goes to Anna Klassen who wrote the original article which inspired me.*