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The Birth of America


FADE IN:


                              TITLE CARD
                    Susquehanna River, 1780 - Winter of
                    the deep snow

          EXT. HILL NEAR THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER. DAY

          Dried branches on the snow break under the weight of a double-leather-
          strip sandal.

          73-year-old rag-covered Hotinoshoni warrior SAYENQUERAGHTA
          halts on a snow-covered slope. His robust figure juts out on
          a blue sky torn apart by vertical clouds.

          Sayenqueraghta's face is stripped covered by frozen sweat.

          The silhouette of a raven is seen reflected on his dark
          eyes.

          The silence of the landscape is overwhelming. Breathing over an
          empty space, Sayenqueraghta glances over the shores of the
          river.

                                                          CUT TO:

          EXT. SHORES OF THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER. DAY

          The shores of the river are covered by frozen bodies

          GAIANTWAKE, a 30-year old Dutch-Native-American warrior,
          THAYENDANEGEA, a 38-year old Mohawk warrior, 24-year old
          Munsee warrior ONEKWA, who could pass as a white man would
          it not be for the painting on his face, and twenty HOTINOSHONI
          WARRIORS guide four hundred HOTINOSHONI MEN, WOMEN and
          CHILDREN into small canoes.

          Twenty half-naked HOTINOSHONI CHILDREN are on the
 
          The crowded canoes sail breaking into the icy waters of

          A DOG jumps into the water, trying to reach an already overloaded
          boat.
          About a dozen of dogs follow him. A CHILD cries breaking the
          silence:

                              CHILD 1
                         (to the dog)
                    Taima!

          He escapes from HOTINOSHONI WOMAN 1's arms and jumps into
          the water. The mother looks in horror.

          Sayenqueraghta stares indolent at him.

          The child reaches the dog and drowns with it. His mother looks
          hopelessly at his child's arm, which rises before its final
          sink.

          Some yards ahead, a boat cracks and wrecks before the indifferent
          sight of the soldiers and the Hotinoshoni people. They drown
          in silence; no one screams.

          Sayenqueraghta kneels down on the snow and faces the

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                         (crying)
                    I destroyed them!

          He crawls to a near bush.

          His left hand breaks a branch in two small pieces.

          From the sky Sayenqueraghta is seen as a man who hits his
          own face. Slowly he outstretches out his arms.

          His left hand bleeds. It contains one of his eyes, which still
          looks at the sun.

          He raises his head.
 
          An eye-hole pours a stream of blood.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    I, who once annihilated the
                    Chonnonton! I, who once destroyed
                    Kandoucho! I, the terror of
                    Wyoming!

          His living eye looks with anguish at the sky. A raven is
          seen on it, flying towards him. The raven crows.

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

                             

          INT. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S STUDIO, PHILADELPHIA. DAY.

          Franklin, MADISON, JEFFERSON and WASHINGTON are seated
          around a large table. The Schuylkill River is seen through
          several windows.

                              TITLE CARD
                    Philadelphia, 1776

          A BLACK SERVANT takes notes, He is seated before a

          CONTINENTAL SOLDIERS 1 & 2 remain posted at the door.

                              FRANKLIN
                    If six nations of ignorant savages
                    were  capable of forming a powerful
                    and, as it seems, an indissoluble
                    state--I refer to the Hotinoshoni
                    league of nations, won't we be able
                    to be up to the challenge of uniting
                    the American English Colonies?
                    While we are, as they say, slaves of
                    a single man, they are masters of
                    their lives. To the Hotinoshoni all
                    men are created equal, endowed by
                    their gods with equal rights. They
                    reject slavery, and don't have
                    quails to accept foreigners amongst
                    them. They are a confederacy ruled
                    by a single constitution.

                              WASHINGTON
                    I don't deny that our political
                    system is quite indebted to the the
                    Hotinoshoni nation. However this
                    very war of independence might be
                    an indirect upshot of the Crown's
                    protection of the natives. Since
                    Pontiac's revolution indignation amongst
                    the colonists has increased.

                              MADISON
                    Still these league of nations
                    maintain a kind of servitude. Don't
                    they, Mister Jefferson?

                              JEFFERSON
                    They do, Mr. Madison. Thou, to be
                    fair, they treat prisoners of war
                    as members of their families.

                              FRANKLIN
                    They don't have nobles, kings, governors,
                    prefects or judges. You won't find
                    poor and needy amongst them.

                              JEFFERSON
                    I would like to believe in their
                    virtues as much as you do, Mr.
                    Franklin. But let's not forget that
                    they are men. Homo sum, humani
                    nihil a me alienum puto. The Seneca
                    have fought against us, siding with
                    the French, and I'm under the impression
                    that they will continue to do so,
                    siding with the British.

                              FRANKLIN
                    They will remain neutral in an
                    effort to protect their fields and
                    houses.

          KIRKLAND, a 35-year old clergyman, opens the door and
          enters.
 
                              MADISON
                    They may understand, though, that
                    sooner of later their fields will
                    be taken by settlers.

                              JEFFERSON
                    Have you been able to assure the
                    native's alligeance to the Continental
                    Army, Reverend?

                              KIRKLAND
                    The Tuscarora and the Oneida have
                    already sign treaties with us,
                    Mister Jefferson. But the gross of
                    the Hotinoshoni remain neutral,
                    under to the influence of the Jesuits.

                              JEFFERSON
                    We won't be able to gain their
                    support without the formal alliance
                    of the French crown.

                              FRANKLIN
                    We should take advantage of their
                    inherited hate against the British.

                              MADISON
                    King Louis won't recognize our independence
                    without the consent of the Spanish
                    Crown.

                              FRANKLIN
                    I'm not sure. A decisive victory of
                    General Washington will persuade
                    the French. Besides, I myself will
                    travel to France, as ambassador--if
                    congress grants it, Mr. Madison.
 
                              MADISON
                    We won't allow it. If the British
                    intercept your ship, you will be
                    hanged for treason.

                              FRANKLIN
                    Old men shouldn't fear death.

                              MADISON
                    I acquit you are, indeed, the more
                    appropriate ambassador to France.
                    However we need you.

                             

                              JEFFERSON
                    Humanity is as much indebted to
                    your genius as to your prudence.

                              FRANKLIN
                    I will go.

                              JEFFERSON
                    I volunteer to cross the Atlantic
                    ocean with you, Doctor Franklin.

                              FRANKLIN
                    You are young, Mr. Jefferson.
                    Reserve your willingness for a higher
                    purpose.

          A MAID opens the door.

                              WASHINGTON
                    Let's not precipitate the events.
                    Marquis de Lafayette has promised
                    us to fight for France's
                    unconditional support. On the other
                    hand, we have already taken steps
                    to assure the friendship of the
                    entire Hotinoshoni nation.

                              MAID
                    The Seneca chief Gaiantwake and
                    Akiatonharonkwen are here.

                              WASHINGTON
                    Let them in.

          The Maid opens the door.
 
          AKIATONHARONKWENA, a 35-year old African-Native American warrior
          enters accompanied by Gaiantwake, Sayenqueraghta and Onekwa.

          Franklin, Washington, Jefferson and Madison stand up.

                              WASHINGTON
                    You are already acquainted with
                    Colonel Louis, whom they call
                    Akiatonharonkwen.

          Akiatonharonkwen raises his head.

          The servant leaves.

                             

                              FRANKLIN
                    Buffon has written that all the
                    Americans are physically inferior
                    to the Europeans. It is enough to
                    see you, chief Sayenqueraghta, to
                    refute such a claim.
                         (to Gaiantwake)
                    Chief Gaiantwake, please, take a
                    seat...

          Gaiantwake, Akiatonharonkwen and Onekwa look at each other
          while the founding fathers sit down.

          They remain standing up. Jefferson look at Kirkland.

                              KIRKLAND
                    As Tacitus wrote, our houses are
                    mausoleums to those living in the openness
                    of a single meadow.

                              AKIATONHARONKWEN
                         (with anger)
                    We can revenge the mischiefs of the
                    British by breaking into Canada.

                              WASHINGTON
                    Can we count on the support of the
                    six nations?
                         

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    We need arms and food for the
                    coming winter.

          Jefferson stands up.

                              WASHINGTON
                    We have been informed that your
                    fields have rendered and excellent
                    crop this year.

                              ONEKWA
                    It appears our friends and enemies
                    are better acquainted than us on our
                    own affairs.

                              MADISON
                    Friends? Enemies? You should rather
                    regard General Washington as a father.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    We don't regard you as a father or
                    a son. Before the Great Spirit we
                    are but brothers. What can you
                    offer to the council of the
                    nations?

          Jefferson takes a document from the desk of the African-American
          servant and returns to his seat.

                              JEFFERSON
                    As a gesture of friendship we'll
                    grant you never to take your lands,
                    unless you decide to sell them to
                    the colonists.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                         (enraged)
                    Another treaty? On our lands? Did
                    not the Great Spirit make them all
                    for the use of his children? You
                    wish to prevent us from considering
                    the lands as common property of the
                    whole. You never see a red-skin
                    endeavor to make the white people
                    do this. Sell a country! Why not
                    sell the air, the great sea, as
                    well as the earth?  How can we have
                    confidence on you?
 
                              MADISON
                    Mr. Jefferson refers to selling to
                    a legal term. It cannot be translated
                    literally to your language.

          Akiatonharonkwen takes out a document from his outfit.

                              AKIATONHARONKWEN
                    I heard that before. It's just
                    another paper like this one, right?

          Akiatonharonkwen puts the document on the table, before
          Jefferson. Jefferson don't dare to look at it.

          Akiatonharonkwen takes out another document.

                              AKIATONHARONKWEN
                         (continuing)
                    Or like this other, promising to
                    punish the rapers of our women and
                    the murderers of our children.

          Akiatonharonkwen throws a sheet of paper on the desk. As he
          takes out his hand, a glass of ink drops down over the table
          and over Jefferson's outfit.

          Jefferson stands up.

          C. Soldier 1 aims his bayonet at Akiatonharonkwen.

          Gaiantwake takes out his knife, but Sayenqueraghta halts him with
          a gesture.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    We respect the hospitality of noble
                    Franklin.

          Washington makes a gesture and C. soldier 1 relax his
          weapon.

          Jefferson looks at Franklin with wrath and leaves the room.
 
                              WASHINGTON
                    We'll furnish you with weapons and
                    provisions against the Englishmen.
                    You won't be asked to sign a paper.
                    Your word will be enough.

          Sayenqueraghta nods his head.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    We cannot speak for the six
                    nations, father Washington. We'll make
                    a council this summer.

          Akiatonharonkwen nods his head and turns around.

          Franklin looks at the group of Native-Americans leaving.

                                                          CUT TO:

                             

          EXT. ROAD TO ONAQUAGA CITY. DAY.

          Isaac plays a Native-American horn from a small hill.

          Akiatonharonkwen rides a black horse over a road flanked by
          corn plantations.

                              TITLE CARD
                    One year later.

          Women cry in a loud voice. Women and children approach to
          the borders of the road, fenced by two hundred Hotinoshoni
          WARRIORS.
 
          Akiatonharonkwen turns his sight to his left and stares at
          69-year old Sayenqueraghta, who rides a brown horse.
          Thayendanegea accompanies Sayenqueraghta, riding a white
          horse to his right. They all carry bayonets.

          Old men nod before this triumvirate; women throw flowers
          before them.

                              AKIATONHARONKWEN
                         (to Sayenqueraghta;
                         whispering)
                    Thayendanegea spared the life of a
                    British soldier,

          Sayenqueraghta looks at JOGUES, a 40-year 5-finger old
          Jesuit missionary, who leads a flock of about 40 Hotinoshoni
          CHRISTIANS, amongst them ONIATARIO, a 35-year old Seneca
          woman, ISI, a 36-year old Seneca woman and TECUMSEH, a 17
          year old Seneca warrior. They all carry rosaries in their
          hands.

                              JOGUES
                    In the name of God, be off to La
                    Prairie, Bold Thayendanegea. Be off
                    to La Prairie.

          Thayendanegea, visibly upset, ignores him.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                         (laughing, to Jogues)
                    Save your preachings for the young,
                    Jogues. Thayendanegea won't ever
                    give up drinking and polygamy.

          Some Indians laugh.

          Akiatonharonkwen looks at Thayendanegea with hostility.

          They are followed by two groups, each one of twenty Hotinoshoni WARRIORS,
          led by Onekwa and Gaiantwake.
 
                              ONEKWA
                    It was Sullivan who attacked us. We
                    should ask justice to the Continental
                    Army.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    Nature may have ripen your bones,
                    impetuous Onekwa, but your spirit
                    is green, a pale flame confined to
                    lechery and outbursts of laugh

          Gaiantwake dismounts his horse and embraces Isi and
          Tecumseh.

                              ISI
                         (sobbing)
                    I'm so relieved to see you. I thank
                    Jesus Christ and our Holy Mother.

          Ganiodayo, a shaman, turns around and observe Isi
                   

                              TECUMSEH
                    We all were dismayed when we heard
                    of the ambush. How could they
                    attack you? We haven't taken sides!

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    Neutrality is no longer an option.

                              GANIODAYO
                    May the great spirit's blessings
                    always be with you.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                         (surprised)
                    Brother Ganiodayo...

                              GANIODAYO
                    Are you surprise?

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    Yes, you look... different...
 
                              GANIODAYO
                    I had a dream in which three
                    spirits warned me against the white-men evils
                    of drunkenness and witchcraft.

          The road describes a perfect straight line up to the city of
          Onaquaga.

          Sayenqueraghta and his sons are followed by a train of
          thirty horses, each of them carrying A Hotinoshoni WARRIOR's
          corpse.

          An OLD MAN approaches this train and guides out a horse with trembling
          hands. Four CRYING WOMAN take down the cadaver from the
          horse.

          Behind the horses a retinue of unshackled  white, black and
          one hundred NATIVE AMERICAN PRISONERS are escorted by two
          hundred Hotinoshoni WARRIORS.

          They advance under the threat of the spear of Hotinoshoni WARRIOR
          1.

          JEREMIAS, a 35-year old African man, addresses I. warrior 1.

                              JEREMIAS
                    I'm thirsty.

          KANESTIE, a voluptuous 40-year old German-Huron woman stares at
          him.

          Warrior 1 throws a leather bag on Jeremias' arms.

          Jeremias drinks from the bag and passes it to Kanestie, who drinks
          eagerly.

          Kanestie passes the bag onto PRISONER 1's arms.

          She approaches Jeremias.

                              KANESTIE
                    Good man! My two sons have fallen
                    into their hands.
 
          Jeremias look at two Huron warriors wounded and beaten: NUCHTAHONE
          and RIWATO

                              JEREMIAS
                    They will be burnt, madam.

          A warrior approaches.

          Jeremias looks at Kanestie with intensity. She

          Jeremias takes her hand.

                                                          CUT TO:

          EXT. ONAQUAGA CITY, CENTRAL PARK. NIGHT.

          At the Seneca town, White, African and Native American prisoners
          carry hundreds of logs--they prepare the burial of the
          Hotinoshoni warriors.

          There are about twenty piles of dry branches.

          Ten corpses lie on each of them.

          Jogues and his flock of women and children sing in a low
          tone a mourning song. Oniatario approaches him.

                              JOGUES
                    What did they say?

                              ONIATARIO
                    They are determined to burn two
                    men.

                              JOGUES
                    Jesus Christ...
 
          About three hundred Hotinoshoni MEN, seated on the floor, watch in silence
          the unfolding of the scene. They are grouped in circles.

          To one side, the prisoners are being sorted by the warriors. Women
          and children are grouped apart from men. All of them are
          tied up by their wrists.

          Sayenqueraghta, painted in red and white, comes out from his
          log house, with pane windows. He approaches the center of
          the scene, where he is surrounded by eight pyres.

          He is followed by ORENGOWAH, a 37-year old shaman, and by ESTHER,
          a 57-year old Munsee woman. She looks upset. Each of them
          bears a torch.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                         (to all)
                    White men have proved to be
                    unworthy of our trust. In spite of
                    our neutrality, half of our youth
                    was slew by Sullivan's men.

          80-year old HIAWATHA and 60-year old DEGANAWIDA,
          wise-Council members, whisper to each other.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                         (continuing; loud, to a
                         cadaver)
                    Now go to the fresh meadow where
                    our forefathers lie.

          Sayenqueraghta turns his head and the Shamans burn some
          pyres.

          Esther nods his head and Hotinoshoni WARRIORS 1 & 2 fetch
          two prisoners to Sayenqueraghta: NUCHTAHONE and RIWATO.

                              KANESTIE
                    No!

          Akiatonharonkwen turns around and looks at her.
 
          She attempts to run towards Nuchtahone and Riwato, but Thayendanegea
          intercepts her and throws her back to her place.

          Gaiantwake seizes her. Kanestie resists.

          Gaiantwake's right hand presses her neck.

          Kanestie opens her mouth and calms down all of a sudden, as stroke
          by lighting.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    As the previous winter went on, we
                    embraced and hosted two foreigners
                    who entreated our protection.  We
                    followed the precepts of the six-nations
                    constitution, Gayanashagowa.

          Hiawatha speaks while caressing with his fingers a collar of wampum
          beads.

                              HIAWATHA
                         (in a declamatory tone)
                    When a member of an alien nation
                    seeks refuge and permanent residence,
                    the lords of the nation to which he
                    comes shall extend hospitality. Then
                    shall he be accorded equal rights
                    and privileges in all matters...

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    They crawled naked to us, and we sheltered
                    them. Didn't we furnish them with
                    deer's skins? Didn't we gave them
                    squash and smoked salmon?

          Sayenqueraghta outstretches his arm towards them.

          Nuchtahone and Riwato are knelt down in front
 
          An Hotinoshoni drum is played by ISAAC, a 21-year old Mohawk bard,
          who sings.

                              ISAAC
                    Continue to listen! Thou who wert
                    ruler...

          From the house of Sayenqueraghta, ANDREW, a 19 year-old Canadian-Hotinoshoni
          warrior, is carried by two SENECA WOMEN, who mourn in a low tone
          of voice, one to his right, one to his left. His face is not
          seen.

          Esther screams and approaches him.

          Jogues looks at the scene in horror.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                         (continuing; to Nuchtahone and
                         Riwato)
                    Paying pity with envy; hospitality
                    with betrayal.

          Esther unsheathes her knife.

                              ISAAC
                    Continue to listen! Thou who wert
                    ruler.

                              NUCHTAHONE
                    Father Sayenqueraghta... They
                    killed our...

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    I speak to you Nuchtahone and
                    Riwato, on behalf of the six-nation
                    confederation. The lords of the
                    Hotinoshoni have decided to expel you and
                    cast you out. We disown you now and
                    annul your adoption. It was you,
                    not we, who committed wrong and
                    caused this sentence of annulment.
 
                              ISAAC
                    That was the roll of you, you who
                    were joined in the work. You who
                    completed the work, the great
                    league...

          He turns back and sees Esther caressing Andrew's head: he
          has lost his jaw, and instead a mass of bones and coagulated
          blood hangs out.

          Riwato attempts to cover his face with his hands, but...

          Sayenqueraghta grasps his hair and pushes his eyes in front of
          Andrew's. The drums stop. A melancholic flute is heard.

          Isaac looks at OHEO, a 17-year old girl, who plays the flute.
          Oheo keeps her eyes on him. Thayendanegea observes them. He
          peruses Oheo's body.

                              ESTHER
                    His cankerous breath has dried up
                    his tongue and darkened his skull.
                    That reddish liquor pours from his
                    head into the white glimpses of

          Sayenqueraghta releases Riwatos face.

                              ESTHER
                         (continuing; to Andrew)
                    Andrew, my faithful son, whereby
                    free from an agonizing end.

          Esther stabs him.

          Andrew's pupils dilate and fade away.

          Jogues closes his eyes, turns around and leaves the scene.

          The Wise-Council members look untouched at the scene.

          Kanestie screams.
 
          Riwato looks at her. His face is covered by a cold sweat.

          A CHORUS OF THREE WOMEN cry softly accompanying Oheo's flute and
          Isaac's song:

                              ISAAC
                    Go to the everlasting river of the
                    beaver that springs out from the
                    fertile upper hill. Go and chase
                    the white buffaloes of heaven. Happily the gods
                    will assuage your grief. They will
                    cure your wounds in new

          Hotinoshoni WARRIORS 3 & 4 approach Andrew's body

          Sayenqueraghta approaches them, and lifting Andrew's body walks
          towards a pyre.

          The two women who came escorting Andrew kneel down on

          Sayenqueraghta lays down Andrew's body on a pyre.

          He grasps a torch and fires it up.

          Gaiantwake stands up and leaves.

          Esther screams in a gesture of revolt and attempts to throw herself
          to the flames. She is taken by GENESEE, a 45-year old Seneca
          woman, and MACAWI, a 64-year old Huron woman.

                                                          CUT TO:

          EXT. ONAQUAGA CITY, BEFORE A CATHOLIC CHURCH. NIGHT.

          Jogues prepares a horse besides the church--a clay brick construction.
          Isi approaches him.

                              ISI
                    Won't you act as the advocate  of
                    those men, father?
 
                              JOGUES
                    Last time I did it, they almost
                    kill me.

          Jogues shows his mutilated hand.

                              JOGUES
                    I pray for the salvation of their
                    souls.

                              ISI
                    There is something else you should
                    know, father. Ganiodayo is blaming
                    you for the failure of the crops.

          Jogues sighs and looks at Isi.

                              JOGUES
                    I know he has had vision. He wants
                    me out of town.

                              ISI
                    Maybe you should leave. Sooner or
                    later he will accuse you

                              JOGUES
                    I thank you, gentle Isi. But this
                    is my flock.
                   

                                                          CUT TO:

          EXT. ONAQUAGA CITY, CENTRAL PARK. NIGHT.

          Nuchtahone looks defiantly at Sayenqueraghta.

                              ISAAC (V.O)
                    No sun will dry up our tears on
                    account of Andrew's unburied bones.

          Isaac plays the drum.

          Riwato looks breathless at Sayenqueraghta.
 
          Kanestie frees herself from Gaiantwake's grasp and runs screaming towards
          Sayenqueraghta.

          P.O.V. of Kanestie as she runs. Hotinoshoni WARRIORS 5 & 6 cross
          before her and seize her, eclipsing thus her sight.

          She hears Riwato's scream.

          Hotinoshoni warriors 5 & 6 free her and she finds herself amidst
          an open circle. Her excitement vanishes. Her expression
          freezes with her mouth wide open.

          As a ghost she walks staring fixedly to to a given point.

          She stops, raises her head and looks at Sayenqueraghta.

          Sayenqueraghta looks at her.

          She looks at Sayenqueraghta's hands: they are tainted

          Kanestie fells on her knees.

          Gaiantwake sizes her. She faints.

          On the ground Kanestie lays on Gaiantwake's arms besides the stabbed
          twisted cadavers of her sons.

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          INT. SAYENQUERAGHTA'S LOG HOUSE. NIGHT

          Sayenqueraghta drinks a reddish beverage from an earthen bowl.
          He's knelt down on the ground.

          Torches illuminate the interior of his wooden house--scalps hang down
          from the roof.

          Empty-sight Kanestie stands in the middle of the house, besides
          a brick chimney.

          Thayendanegea and Akiatonharonkwen look contemptuously at
          each other, each one seated to opposite sides of the house.
 
          Akiatonharonkwen's breaths loudly. There are five
          Hotinoshoni WARRIORS around the house.

          Sprawled around the house are Gaiantwake, Esther, Hiawatha and
          Deganawida.

          Each of them bears a small earthen bowl in their hands.

          Behind Sayenqueraghta there is a pile of overheated stones placed
          under an earthen pot, which contains the same reddish
          beverage Sayenqueraghta drinks.

          Oheo stirs the boiling beverage with a wooden-stick.

          GENESEE, a 55-year old Hotinoshoni woman fires up some dry
          branches and places them beneath the stones in a hole dug
          beneath the ground level.

          Macawi blows the fire with a corn-leave fan.

          Oniatario sets small earthen bowls.

          Sayenqueraghta stands up keeping a bowl in his hand.

          Esther nods her head.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                         (to Kanestie)
                    Neutrality is paramount to us. We
                    cannot afford internal dissent,
                    less for the possession of a woman.
                    Why do you claim her, bold
                    Thayendanegea?

          Kanestie raises her head.

          Oniatario looks at her.

          A glimpse of hate fires up on Kanestie's eyes, but it vanishes as
          she raises her head and meets Oniatario's eyes. Kanestie
          fixes her sight on the scalps hanging from the roof.

          Ganiodayo looks at the scene.
 
                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    She will be my mistress.

          There are whispers of contempt amongst the present.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    You barely know her. She is a
                    foreigner to us.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    She is a Huron, brother. As it is
                    Oniatario, my first wife.

          Oniatario raises her head. Most of the present whisper. Sayenqueraghta
          smiles bitterly.

          Oheo leans on Sayenqueraghta.

                              GAIANTWAKE

                             
                    Is it true that you snatched her
                    from noble Akiatonharonkwen in  the
                    candor of the battle?

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    A Continental soldier was about to
                    rape her.

                              AKIATONHARONKWEN
                    She is a fugitive. I captured her
                    near Conewango.

          Thayendanegea pads the handle of his tomahawk.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                         (to Kanestie)
                    We give you the right to choose
                    your protector.

          Kanestie stares at him and says nothing.

          Sayenqueraghta approaches Akiatonharonkwen.
 
                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                         (to Akiatonharonkwen)
                    Would you resign her, noble
                    Akiatonharonkwen?

                              AKIATONHARONKWEN
                    I captured her first.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    Sure! From the British!

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    Are you aware that with you actions
                    you have compromised

                              AKIATONHARONKWEN
                    My arm alone has sent more souls to
                    the prairies of heaven than those
                    delivered by all my brothers put
                    together.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    You must be very proud now that the British
                    soldiers fear your name.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                         (to Thayendanegea)
                    Your eye distinguishes friend from
                    foe and cowardice from betrayal.
                         (loud)
                    Who believes that this woman should
                    be under the protection of noble
                    Akiatonharonkwen?

          No one stirs.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    Under bold Thayendanegea?

          All right arms raise.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                         (to Thayendanegea)
                    Now take her and enjoy the
                    pleasures of the night.
 
          Sayenqueraghta handles his earthen-bowl to Thayendanegea,
          who drinks from it.

          Oniatario conduces Kanestie to Thayendanegea.  Kanestie's
          leg comes out amidst her rags.

          Akiatonharonkwen looks at her naked skin. He stands up.

                              AKIATONHARONKWEN
                         (to Sayenqueraghta)
                    Why do you disdain my merits?

          Sayenqueraghta stares at him with wrath.

          Tecumseh and Hiawatha stand up from opposite points of

          Sayenqueraghta unsheathes his knife

          Gaiantwake steps between Sayenqueraghta and
          Akiatonharonkwen.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    We cannot afford another dead,
                    brother.

          Akiatonharonkwen nods his head. Sayenqueraghta nods his
          head. Whispers of relief are heard. Akiatonharonkwen looks
          upset.

                              DEGANAWIDA
                         (to Akiatonharonkwen)
                    Increase your fury, matchless
                    Akiatonharonkwen, and unleash it
                    against our enemies.

                              AKIATONHARONKWEN
                    Who is our enemy, venerable
                    Deganawida? I, who has always remained
                    with the Hotinoshoni, or
                    Thayendanegea, who went to England,
                    just to learn too well the devices
                    of the white?
 
          Screams and drums are heard. Onekwa enters all of a sudden.

                              ONEKWA
                    We are told that the Oneidas and
                    the Tuscaroras are assisting the
                    revolutionaries.

          Whispers are heard.

                              ONEKWA
                    We must join them now or suffer the
                    consequences!

                              DEGANAWIDA
                    I don's trust the settlers. If we
                    have to take a side, it must be
                    with the British.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    Silence! Silence! Silence!

          Silence.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    British and revolutionaries! Is
                    that all you can think on? They,
                    like a two-head poisonous viper,
                    attack and slave our land. We have
                    now lived in Peace with them a long
                    time and we must be resolved to
                    continue to do so as long as we
                    can.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    Have you asked yourself why the
                    colonies started the war against
                    the British wearing Hotinoshoni
                    clothes in Boston? Because their
                    King didn't allow them to take over
                    our lands. They hate us, because we
                    own the fields. Jefferson,
                    Washington, Franklin, they are all
                    mad, foolish, wicked, and deceitful.
                    The settlers want to steal our
                    valleys from us. But they will
                    lose.
 
                              ESTHER
                    I have seen London, the most
                    powerful city on earth. With castles
                    that raise over the sky and touch
                    heaven. They are strong as men. The
                    colonies, weak as boys. They figh
                    wars with rotten powder. We must
                    side with the army of great father
                    George.

          There are screams of support. Akiatonharonkwen calms them
          down with a gesture.

                              AKIATONHARONKWEN
                    Though I believe, noble Esther,
                    mother of the Munsee, that your
                    judgment against the Continental
                    army is bias by the recent death of
                    your son Andrew, I will contend
                    your arguments. It is true the
                    settlers have encroach'd on our
                    Lands, but of this we shall speak
                    to them.

          Oheo, Genesee and Macawi walk around the room pouring the reddish
          beverage on people's earthen bowls.

                              AKIATONHARONKWEN
                    If the British are so strong and
                    they are just, as you say, a boy,
                    why do they ask our assistance? If
                    King George has so great plenty of warriors, powder,
                    lead and goods, and the Continental
                    men are so few and little of either,
                    they will be strong and make good
                    use of them.

          Oheo serves a bowl to Isaac.

          Isaac smiles at Oheo.

          She returns her smile.

          Oniatario looks at the scene.
 
          Isaac realizes it, faces Oniatario and turns around.

                              AKIATONHARONKWEN
                         (to Thayendanegea)
                    You, bold Thayendanegea, have said
                    their powder is rotten. I have
                    found it good. You have said they
                    are all mad, foolish, wicked, and
                    deceitful. I say you are so and
                    they are wise.

          Whispers are heard.

                              HIAWATHA
                    Neutrality is not an option, father
                    Sayenqueraghta. We truly fear the
                    foibles of your age.

          Whispers. Sayenqueraghta raises his chin.

          Sayenqueraghta observes the stern faces of his relatives

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    Father Sayenqueraghta still has the
                    strength of a bear.

                              ESTHER
                    Under your rule we have defeated
                    the Cherokee and Choctaw. But we
                    have also lost parts of the Genesee
                    valley.

          Silence. Sayenqueraghta bends his neck.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    Many augurs anticipated it. Still,
                    father Sayenqueraghta managed to
                    get our weapons in compensation for
                    those territories.
 
                              DEGANAWIDA
                    Prudent Gaiantwake. Let's not make
                    wrong appreciations about
                    Washington's intentions. The
                    pioneers will provide us with
                    bayonets and ammunitions as long as we
                    fight the British.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    We must rely on Franklin's and
                    Washington's support. Without them,
                    the pioneers would be unruly.

                              HIAWATHA
                    Some pioneers are indeed unruly.
                    Your father, for instance. He has
                    been seen inside our territory.

          Hiawatha drinks his beverage.

          Gaiantwake remains silent for a moment.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    He is one of our staunchest
                    friends.

          Whispers are heard.

                              HIAWATHA
                         (ironic)
                    Pioneers are members of the same
                    family.
                         (to Sayenqueraghta)
                    Father Sayenqueraghta. Once their war
                    be over, they'll come after us.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    As long as we oppose resistance, we
                    owe the west of the country.

                              ESTHER
                    Why should we accept the white
                    men's will? We are the most powerful
                    nation.
 
                              HIAWATHA
                    And the most vulnerable too. The
                    west is wild. Are we going to
                    relinquish our roads, our cities,
                    our crops to the white invaders?
                    Are we going to wait to be
                    massacred or are we going to fight
                    father Sayenqueraghta?

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    We cannot fight them now. We'll
                    make an alliance with the French.
                    If necessary, we'll move westwards.

          Hiawatha looks at Esther.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    Who would like to ratify honorable
                    Sayenqueraghta as our chief?

          Gaiantwake and Deganawida raise their hands.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    Tradition dictates I must finish
                    this war!

          Sayenqueraghta looks at each of the members in the tend.

          Almost everybody avoids Sayenqueraghta's sight.

          Sayenqueraghta copes with Esther.

                              ESTHER
                    This evening the wise council has
                    asked me to beg you, for our sake,
                    to share your power with a young
                    warrior as our chief.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    I respect your advise, noble
                    Esther, and I submit to the will of
                    the six-nation council.

          Sayenqueraghta drinks from his bowl.
 
                              ESTHER
                    It is necessary now to redefine our
                    policies.

                              AKIATONHARONKWEN
                    Who still believes we must remain
                    neutral?

          Sayenqueraghta, Oniatario, Macawi and Esther raise

                              AKIATONHARONKWEN
                    Who agrees we should ally with the
                    British?

          Thayendanegea raises his hand. Akiatonharonkwen smiles. Akiatonharonkwens's
          smile vanishes as he sees more hands raising. Gaiantwake
          does not raise it up.

                              AKIATONHARONKWEN
                    You are all wrong! You are dividing
                    the Hotinoshoni nation!

                              HIAWATHA
                    No, Akiatonharonkwen, you are.

          Akiatonharonkwen and Onekwa take out their tomahawks.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    We should follow the will of the
                    people, bold Akiatonharonkwen.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    Spies in Philadelphia tell us that
                    you work for Reverend Kirkland.

          Akiatonharonkwen throws his tomahawk towards Thayendanegea, who
          skillfully avoids it.

          Sayenqueraghta takes out his knife.

          Akiatonharonkwen throws his body against the window pane,
          breaks the glasses and escapes out of the house.
 
          Hiawatha tries to follow him, but is checked by Onekwa, who cuts
          his arm with his knife. Hiawatha steps back.

          The warriors hesitate. Sayenqueraghta makes his way amongst the
          crowd.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    Why do you attack us, Onekwa?

                              ONEKWA
                    Father Sayenqueraghta...

         

          Onekwa drops his knife and fells kneeling down on

          Sayenqueraghta looks gravely at him.

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          EXT. ONAQUAGA CITY, BEFORE A CATHOLIC CHURCH. NIGHT.

          Akiatonharonkwen runs carrying a tomahawk in his hands. He
          limps. Three Hotinoshoni WARRIORS follow him about one
          hundred yards behind him.

          Akiatonharonkwen fells on the ground. He looks at his leg,
          where a piece of glass has wounded him.

          Jogues offers him one of his arms.

                              AKIATONHAR├˘NKWEN
                    Father Jogues!

                              JOGUES
                    You can't run by yourself

          A arrow crosses the air besides them.

          Akiatonharonkwen takes Jogues hand. Jogues guides him into
          the church and closes the  door. An arrow gets into the
          church's wood.

          The I. Warriors arrive, tensing their arches.
 
          They push the door. It does not open.

          Ganiodayo arrives.

                              GANIODAYO
                    We know he's there, Blackrobe!

          The door opens and Jogues faces the crowd.

                              JOGUES
                    God be with you all.

          Besides them Akiatonharonkwen, on horseback, comes out from
          the darkness and flees.

                              GANIODAYO
                    You helped him to escape!

                              JOGUES
                    God protects him.

          Ganiodayo jumps over Jogues, who fells on the ground.

          Ganiodayo takes out his tomahawk, but his hand is grasped

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    You don't want to provoke God's
                    wrath.

          Ganiodayo looks at him.

                              GANIODAYO
                    How did he escape?

          Ganiodayo drops his tomahawk.

          Jogues looks at him.

                              GANIODAYO
                    He is a sorcerer!

                             

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          EXT. OUTSIDE SAYENQUERAGHTA'S LOG HOUSE. DAY.

          Sayenqueraghta looks at a deer, wich is being roasted around a
          fire.

          Macawi hands out pieces of its meat to Deganawida, Hiawatha, Gaiantwake
          and Oheo, which are seated on the ground.

                              DAGANAWIDA
                    Hiawatha and I believe Gaiantwake
                    would prove to be an outstanding
                    commander. His is half Hotinoshoni,
                    half white.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    His father is fighting against us.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    My sympathy for the Continental
                    Army is buried. I am a Seneca, a
                    British and a loyalist.

          Sayenqueraghta examines his face.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    Akiatonharonkwen's dissidence has
                    split our nation. I'm afraid that whoever
                    wins, all the Hotinoshoni will be
                    accused of siding with the enemy.

          Isaac enters with a bottle of rum. He is followed by Jeremias,
          who carries a wooden box.

          Oheo's countenance shines.

                              ISAAC
                    Accept this present from my father,
                    wise Sayenqueraghta.

          Sayenqueraghta receives the bottle, opens it and drinks.
 
          Jeremias places the box in front of Sayenqueraghta and opens it:
          it contains twelve rum bottles. Isaac sits down besides
          Oheo.

          Sayenqueraghta passes the bottle on.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    How can I repay this gift?

                              ISAAC
                    My father wish you a happy evening.

                              HIAWATHA
                         (whispering, to Daganawida)
                    He would like to adjunct his name
                    to Sayenqueraghta's in this war.

          Hiawatha and Daganawida look at Gaiantwake, who raises his chin
          up.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    I will give bold Thayendanegea my
                    daughter as his second wife.

          Whispers are heard. Isaac looks at Oheo in surprise. Oheo looks
          at his father with wide-open eyes.

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          INT. THAYENDANEGEA'S LOG HOUSE. NIGHT

          Under the light of a torch, Oniatario and a SENECA WOMEN remain seated
          down on the ground.

          Kanestie lies naked in a bed made of deer's and bear's
          skins.

          Thayendanegea drinks from a clay cup. He appears to be
          upset. He throws the cup against the floor.

          Isaac looks at him.
 
                              ISAAC
                    Would you accept her father?

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    I'm obliged.

          Isaac searches for a sentence. Thayendanegea realizes it.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    I know you love her. But she won't
                    be your wife.

                              ISAAC
                    Father... You once were a
                    Christian.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    Now leave me alone.

          Tears run over Isaac's countenance. He exits the log house.

          Thayendanegea gets naked into the bend and makes love to Kanestie, who
          doesn't react. Her expression is blank.

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          EXT. BEFORE THAYENDANEGEA'S LOG HOUSE. DAY

          Jeremias, in Hotinoshoni outfit, sharpens a knife over

          Kanestie comes out and looks at the moon. Her eyes are
          watery.

          Jeremias approaches her.

                              JEREMIAS
                    It's not easy to lose your
                    privileges.

          Kanestie looks at him.
 
                              KANESTIE
                    I barely know you, and you are my
                    only friend.

          She looks around.

          She moves towards the forest.

          Jeremias peruses her body.

          She turns around, looks at Jeremias and disappears into

          Jeremias drops his knife and follows her.

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          EXT. GAIANTWAKE'S LONGHOUSE. NIGHT

          The full moon gleams on the sky. A wolf howls.

                              TITLE CARD
                    July, 1777.

          Isi, kneeling down on the ground, prays in front of an image of
          Virgin Mary.

          Behind her we see a longhouse.

          A noise is heard. Isi stands up and faces Gaiantwake, who emerges
          from the darkness.

          Isi smiles, steps down and embraces him.

                              ISI
                    Would you stay with us?

          Tecumseh runs out of the longhouse and embraces him.

          Gaiantwake takes Isi's face in his hands.
 
                              GAIANTWAKE
                    I came to prepare my arms. I was
                    chosen as the adjunct chief.

          Isi's smile fades off.

                              TECUMSEH
                    Why did you accept to be their
                    commander, father?

          Gaiantwake smiles and pads Tecumseh.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    White men respect me.

                              TECUMSEH
                    How so?

          P.O.V. of an ASSASSIN, a 36-year old white man who, bearing
          a knife in his teeth looks at Tecumseh, Gaiantwake and Isi
          from the branches of a tree.

          Giantwake stares on his direction as the Assassin takes out his
          bayonet.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    Your grandfather is Dutch. They
                    value men by their birth. The
                    Hotinoshoni value me for my valor
                    and strength. Luck has never raised
                    their admiration. Even if you are
                    my son, you will have to prove to
                    the Hotinoshoni that you are a
                    courageous man.

          A noise of a broken branch is heard. Tecumseh's countenace shows
          surprise for an instant, and then joy.

                              TECUMSEH
                    I can do that.

          He blinks his eye to Gaiantwake, who appears to ignore
 
                              GAIANTWAKE
                    Can you throw a spear?

          He enters into the house.

          Gaiantwake stands up looking at the distance.

                              ISI
                    And if the continental army
                    wins...?

          Gaiantwake assents with a gesture.

          The assassin spies them from the forest.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    That's war. I don't like the
                    British, but we must respect the decision
                    of the majority. Pray to our
                    ancestors for our victory. I still
                    trust on Father Sayenqueraghta.

          The assassin triggers his bayonet. A broken branch noise

                              ISI
                    Will he continue as our chief?

          Gaiantwake embraces her. His forefront sweats.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    Yes, he will. I respect him.

          All of a sudden, Gaiantwake throws his body and Isi's to

          A shot is heard.

          The assassin drops his bayonet and takes out his knife from his mouth.
          He faces Tecumseh, who pins him down with a spear, impeding
          him thus to throw his knife.
 
          Gaiantwake and Isi arrive on the scene. Gaiantwake peruses the
          face of the dead.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    He is one of the Paxton boys.

                              TECUMSEH
                    Paxton Boys?

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    A group of cowards that murder
                    defenseless Indians. Children and
                    women, all of them Christians.

                              TECUMSEH
                    What are they doing here?

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    They want blood.

                              ISI
                    How did he come here?

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    We have a traitor.

                              ISI
                    Thayendanegea?

                              TECUMSEH
                    He may resent your command now.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    No. He is an intelligent man.

                              ISI
                    Don't underestimate him. He has
                    learned from the British how to
                    conceal his designs.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                         (sober)
                    You must move to a safer place.
 
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          EXT. ONAQUAGA CITY, CENTRAL PARK. TWILIGHT.

          BRITISH OFFICERS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and Butler scort GENERAL BURGOYNE,
          who walks accompanied by Thayendanegea and Sayenqueraghta.
          Five Hotinoshoni WARRIORS carry torches.

                              GENERAL BURGOYNE
                    Our plan is to divide New England
                    from the southern colonies. How
                    many Hotinoshoni warriors do you
                    have, captain Thayendanegea?

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    About eight thousand.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    Fifteen thousand, if we count our
                    women.

                              BUTLER
                    We'll provide you with bayonets and
                    ammunitions, Fater Sayenqueraghta.

                              GENERAL BURGOYNE
                    You must attack Fort Stanwix by the
                    end of the summer.

          They arrive to Sayenqueraghta's log house.

                              GENERAL BURGOYNE
                    A remarkable construction.

          He sees the church.

                              GENERAL BURGOYNE
                    Is that a church?

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    Half of our nation is catholic,
                    General.
 
                              GENERAL BURGOYNE
                    I see the Jesuits have not been
                    wasting their time.

                             

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          INT. SAYENQUERAGHTA'S HOUSE. NIGHT.

          Oniatario's long hair is combed by Macawi. The are both seated
          on the floor.

          Jeremias blows a small fire with a fan. Ganiodayo drinks

          General Burgoyne is seen with Thayendanegea on his right
          side and Sayenqueraghta on his left side. They three are
          seated on a small chair. BRITISH OFFICERS 1 and 2 stand
          around him.

          Jogues is seated in front of him.

          They listen to Isaac, who plays the drum, and to Oheo, who plays
          the flute.

          Seated on the floor, we see Deganawida, Hiawatha, ASSASSIN 2 and ASSASSIN
          3.

                              ISAAC
                         (in pain)
                    We who are here present thank the
                    Great Spirit that we are here to praise
                    him. We thank him that he has
                    created men and women, and ordered that
                    these beings shall always be living
                    to multiply the earth.

          Isaac and Oheo look at each other. Thayendanegea

                              GENERAL BURGOYNE
                         (to Thayendanegea)
                    Who are they?
 
                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    Isaac, my son, and Oheo,
                    Sayenqueraghta's daughter.

                              GANIODAYO
                    A tender girl that happens to be
                    Thayendanegea's new bride.

          Isaac and Oheo stop playing. Thayendanegea caresses his tomahawk.

                              GENERAL BURGOYNE
                    She doesn't seem very happy about
                    the prospect.

                              JOGUES
                    They love each other, General.

          General Burgoyne looks at Theyandenega.

                              GENERAL BURGOYNE
                    I haven't been able yet to
                    understand the moral of this brave new
                    world. But that's an exceptional
                    plot for a play. Don't you think,
                    father?

                              JOGUES
                    For a tragedy, perhaps.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                         (impatient)
                    We are enticed by the music. Please
                    continue.

          Isaac and Oheo go on.

                              ISAAC
                    We thank Him for making the earth
                    and giving these beings its
                    products to live on. We thank Him
                    for the water that comes out of the
                    earth and runs for our lands.
 
          Oheo's eyes drop tears while playing. Isaac looks intensively
          at her.

          Jeremias looks at the hand of assassin 3, which handles a knife.
          Jeremias stands up and moves away.
                   

                              ISAAC
                    We thank Him for all the animals on
                    the earth. We thank Him for certain
                    timbers that grow and have fluids
                    coming from them for us all. We
                    thank Him for the branches of the
                    trees that grow shadows for our
                    shelter.

          Jeremias takes from the wall a cooking knife. He stares at the scene
          from a mirror.

                             

                              ISAAC
                    We thank Him for the beings that
                    come from the west, the thunder and
                    lightning that water the earth. We
                    thank Him for the light which we
                    call our oldest brother, the sun
                    that works for our good.

          Jeremias approaches the assassins, concealing his knife.

                              ISAAC
                    We thank Him for all the fruits
                    that grow on the trees and vines. We
                    thank Him for his goodness in
                    making the forests, and thank all
                    its trees. We thank Him for the
                    darkness that gives us rest, and
                    for the kind being of the darkness
                    that gives us light, the moon...

          Jeremias cuts with the knife the throat of assassin 3.

          Assassin 2 springs forward taking out his knife. He attacks Butler,
          who shuns him and rolls on the floor.
 
          Oheo screams.

                              ASSASSIN 2
                    This is for Pontiac!

          Assassin 2 throws his knife towards General Burgoyne.  Thayendanegea
          raises his tomahawk, whose blade checks the knife just on time
          to protect him.

                              ISAAC
                    Father!

          Thayendanegea throws his tomahawk and cracks assassin

          Thayendanegea takes the knife out of his hand.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    Traitors!

          Deganawida and Hiawatha stand up. Oniatario places a tomato on Sayenqueraghta's
          hand.

          General Burgoyne examines assassin 2, who still breaths.

                              ASSASSIN 2
                    I... I want an absolution.

          Jogues steps in and blesses him.

                              JOGUES
                    Ego te absolvum. In nomine patriis
                    et filius et spiritus sancti.

                              GENERAL BURGOYNE
                    He is one of yours.
                         (to Thayendanegea; cold)
                    I hope you'll be able to honor your
                    commitments.

          General Burgoyne exits followed by Butler.

                             

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          EXT. FOREST. DAY

          Oheo takes a bath in the river. She sees Macawi, who gathers fruits
          from bushes nearby.

          A flute is heard. Oheo looks surprised.

                              OHEO
                    Do you listen?

                              MACAWI
                    It was only yesterday you were a
                    baby-girl. Now you have a sweetheart.

                              OHEO
                    Would you talk to father Jogues?

          Macawi smiles at her, stands up and moves away.

          Oheo smiles.

          From the branches of a bush, Isaac looks at her as he plays the
          flute.

          Oheo swims to the shore and gets out naked.

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          EXT. CONTINENTAL ARMY CAMP. DAY

          A long wooden wall spreads out over a small meadow.

                              TITLE CARD
                    Fort Stanwix, August 1777.

          Heavy cannons jut out from the wooden walls.

          Gorham and Phelps, two Continental Soldiers, and CONTINENTAL SOLDIERS
          1 and 2 march from the camp towards the woods. They all
          carry bayonets.
 
                              PHELPS
                    Are you happy to be posted outside
                    the fort? Why did you answer him
                    back?

                              GORHAM
                    He was wrong!

                              PHELPS
                    It doesn't matter. He's your
                    Captain!

                              GORHAM
                    May be we find a gorgeous Indian
                    girl around.

                              PHELPS
                    Hush up!

          Wearing Continental Army outfits, Gaiantwake and Thayendanegea march
          from the woods towards the camps. They carry bayonets.

          From a wooden tower, CONTINENTAL SOLDIER 5 looks at the two groups approaching
          to each other.

          P.O.V. from Gorham: Gaiantwake and Thayendanegea conceal
          their faces under the shadow of their huts.

          C. soldier 5 is pierced by a flying arrow. Gaiantwake and Thayendanegea
          throw out their hats.

          Phelps looks at the tower. He looks then at C. soldier 1 and 2,
          who fell under the tomahawks of Gaiantwake and
          Thayendanegea.

          Gorham scream,throw his bayonet and runs into the woods. Gorham
          shoots, but with such nervousness that the shot goes into
          the air. Gaiantwake takes out his knife and Gorham throws
          his bayonet and runs away into the woods.

          Gaiantwake and Thayendanegea scalp their victims.
 
          Arrows are shot over Gorham and Phelps. They stop and look
          in astonishment to the small meadow, now covered by hundreds
          of Senecas that rapidly advance towards the wall.

          Phelps and Gorham turn around and run towards the fort.

          Sayenqueraghta comes out from the woods, leading a
          detachment of two hundred bayonet-armed Hotinoshoni
          WARRIORS. Women and servants follow them carrying
          ammunitions, amongst them Oniatario and Jeremias. They are
          lead by Esther.

          Oniatario aims an arrow to Gorham. She throws it.

          Gorham trips down on the ground, just on time to avoid

          Phelps throws himself on the ground, just besides Phelps and takes
          out his knife.

          Hotinoshoni WARRIORS 7, 8 & 9 advance screaming towards Gorham
          and Phelps, who embrace to each other.

          The Continental cannons implode.

          Hotinoshoni Warriors 7, 8 & 9 fell smashed by cannonballs.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                         (to Gaiantwake)
                    They have reinforcements! We must
                    attack them first!

          About twenty Continental soldiers appear with bayonets over the edge
          of the wooden fence. They scream and shoot. Thayendanegea
          and Gaiantwake shoot and three of them fell deadly wounded.

          Sayenqueraghta rears his horse up on its back legs.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    To Bloody Creek!

          The Hotinoshoni step back into the woods.
 
          Gorham and Phelps follow them screaming with their knifes
          out.

          Cannonballs are shot.

          Gorham and Phelps scream and change the direction, just on time
          to avoid a cannonball. They run into the woods. Too late
          they realize there is no ground ahead.

          They both fell into a river.

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          INT. CHURCH AT ONAQUAGA CITY. DAY.

          Isaac and Oheo are knelt down in front of the altar. Jogues, before
          them, reads a ceremonial book.

          Their ceremony is being attended by Macawi, Genesee

                              JOGUES
                    Ego vos in matrimonium conjungo, in
                    nomine patriis et filius et
                    spiritus sancti.

          Isaac and Oheo look at each other.

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          EXT. BLOODY CREEK. DAY

          HERKIMER, a 49-year man descends on horseback onto Bloody Creek. He
          wears a clean uniform and handles a gleaming sword.

          About eight hundred CONTINENTAL SOLDIERS and ONEIDAS

          He halts and looks at his troops. He is accompanied by HANYERRY,
          a 29-year old Oneida chief.
 
          The forest appears to be quiet.

                              HERKIMER
                    Are we near Fort Stanwix?

                              HANYERRY
                    About ten miles.

                              HERKIMER
                    They should have shot three cannon
                    balls by now.

                              HANYERRY
                    We are still on time to return to
                    Mohawk Valley. We can wait there
                    for the signal.

                              HERKIMER
                    That would be wise. But my enemies
                    won't hesitate to call me a tory.

          Silence. They cross Bloody Creek.

                              HANYERRY
                    Why would they do that?

          Herkimer looks at him with impatience and moves ahead.

          CONTINENTAL OFFICER 1 joins Hanyerry.

                              CONTINENTAL OFFICER 1
                    His brother is a loyalist...

                              HERKIMER
                         (loud; to his troops)
                    Time to ascend.

          They start to ascend the slope of the hill.

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          INT. THEYANDENAGA'S LOG HOUSE. DAY.

          Isaac and Oheo make love.
 
          They are spied by Kanestie.

                                                          CUT TO:

          EXT. BLOODY CREEK. DAY

          Suddenly Herkimer and Hanyerry hear the chirping of a bird. Hanyerry
          takes out his tomahawk.

                              HERKIMER
                         (nervuous; whispering)
                    Is it an animal?

                             

                              HANYERRY
                    Perhaps.

                              HERKIMER
                    Can't you tell?

          The chirping is heard again. A bird flies away. Hanyerry throws
          his tomahawk.

          The bird fells on the ground, wounded by the tomahawk.

          Hanyerry looks relieved at Herkimer. Suddenly Hanyerry's
          neck is pierced by an arrow from side to side.

          Herkimer takes out his sword and turns around on his horse.

                              HERKIMER
                    Ambush!

          Shots are heard. twenty CONTINENTAL SOLDIERS fell wounded onto the
          ground.

          Herkimer's horse fell dead.

          CONTINENTAL SOLDIERS 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 y 10 protect Herkimer
          and unsaddle him from his horse.

          Herkimer sees his leg shattered by a bullet.
 
          Jeremias plays the Native-American horn. Two hundred Hotinoshoni WARRIORS,
          lead by Thayendanegea, come out from the woods. They are
          mostly armed with tomahawks.

          Sayenqueraghta cuts the head of CONTINENTAL SOLDIER 11 with his
          tomahawk.

          Herkimer is brought by the officers to the shadow of a

                              CONTINENTAL OFFICER 1
                    We will take you to the fort.

                              HERKIMER
                    I won't go. Dam it! I will face the
                    enemy! Bring the cannon!

          Onekwa sees a bunch of cadavers, piled up before a group of Continental soldiers
          in the middle of the meadow as a trench against the enemy.

          Beyond he sees the slow march of a cannon ball.

          CONTINENTAL OFFICER 2 raises his sword over cannon.

                              ESTHER
                    Destroy the cannon first!

          The cannon implodes. Several Seneca Native Americans fell dead
          or/and wounded.

          Gaiantwake takes out an arrow from his quiver and throws it to
          Continental Officer 2, who fells dead.

          Continental Officer 1 approaches Herkimer.

                              CONTINENTAL OFFICER 1
                    I demand an immediate cease of
                    fire. We must sign a truce with the
                    Senecas.

                              HERKIMER
                    If you don't die I will imprison
                    you for insubordination!
 
          Tecumseh jumps over Continental Officer 1 and breaks his skull
          with his tomahawk.

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          EXT. PARIS, PASSY STREET. NIGHT.

          WENTWORTH, disguised as a beggar, knocks on a door. A FRENCH MAID
          opes the door.

                              FRENCH MAID
                    There is no food.

                              FRANKLIN (V.O.)
                    Let him in, Brigitte.

          From the opposite street a FRENCH SPY takes notes. He sees Franklin,
          who nods his head at him and closes the door.

          The French jumps into a carriage.

                              FRENCH SPY
                    Au le minist├┐re! Maintenant!

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          INT. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S HOUSE AT PASSY. NIGHT

          Wentworth, still in beggar's clothes, smokes a cigar. He is seated
          in a small room with Franklin.

                              WENTWORTH
                    The kingdom of your majesty is
                    willing to forgive all your previous
                    offenses. Your taxes will be cut
                    off and our commercial relations
                    will be reestablished.

                              FRANKLIN
                    Those were demands we made a long
                    time ago at Whitehall. At that time
                    no British General had been
                    defeated by our army.
 
                              WENTWORTH
                    Your army? You underestimate the
                    power of your majesty to regroup forces.
                    Besides, most of the Hotinoshoni
                    nation support us.

          The French maid enters.

                              FRANKLIN
                    Tell King George we want a full recognition
                    of our Independence

                              WENTWORTH
                    That's unacceptable.

                              FRANKLIN
                         (to the French maid)
                    Have they arrived?

                              FRENCH MAID
                    Count Vergennes and his wife.

          Franklin stands up and takes his hat. A perplexed Wentworth stands
          up.

                              WENTWORTH
                    You just use me! This is not the
                    proper behavior of a gentleman
                    Doctor Franklin.

          Franklin gets out of the room.

                             

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          EXT. BLOODY CREEK. NIGHT.

          Over a field covered by CADAVERS OF CONTINENTAL SOLDIERS, Gorham
          and Phelps search the pockets of the officers.

                              PHELPS
                    So, now it's my fault?
 
                              GORHAM
                    The dead won't miss what they left
                    in their pockets. Look at that!

          Gorham shows a golden watch.

                              PHELPS
                    We cannot comeback to the fort. We
                    are dead as smoked salmon.

          A step is heard.

                              CONTINENTAL SOLDIER 39 (V.O.)
                    Who are you?

                              GORHAM
                    By heavens! It was horrible! They
                    killed them all!

                              CONTINENTAL SOLDIER 40 (V.O)
                    Robbers!

          Gorham and Phelps look around and raise their arms.

          They are surrounded by ten CONTINENTAL SOLDIERS, who aim at them
          with muskets.

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          EXT. VERSAILLES. NIGHT.

          The palace of Versailles is seen from the distance.

                              TITLE CARD
                    Versailles.

          From a carriage step down COUNT VERGENNES, a 61-year old
          man, ANNETTE Duvivier, Comtesse de Vergennes, Franklin,
          wearing a beaver hat, BEAUMARCHAIS, FRENCH GUARDS 1 & 2,
          three FRENCH MAIDS and two FRENCH SERVANTS.

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          INT. MAIN HALL AT VERSAILLES. NIGHT.

          A group of musicians play a serenade.

          Nobles talk and drink wine in small groups. Their faces are whiten
          by their heavy make-up.

          KING LOUIS XVI is seated in the center of the room.  MARIE
          ANTOINETTE accompanies him.

          Count Vergennes advances towards the King, followed by Anette,
          Franklin and Beaumarchais.

          Franklin's absence of make-up makes a startling contrast
          with the concurrence. Franklin takes out his hat.

          Vergennes bends before the King.

                              VERGENNES
                    Your majesty...

          The King looks at them.

                              KING LOUIS XVI
                    Count Vergennes.

                             

                              MARIE ANTOINETTE
                    You must be doctor Franklin.

          Franklin nods his head.

                              FRANKLIN
                    I'm honored to be able to admire
                    your legendary beauty,

                              MARIE ANTOINETTE
                    With your words of introduction you
                    have already charmed me, doctor
                    Fanklin.

                              FRANKLIN
                    Time is money, my Queen.
 
                              ANNETTE
                    He has enchanted all Paris, your
                    majesty. Lavosier calls him our rustic
                    new world genius.

          Vergennes nods his head to King Louis.

                              KING LOUIS XVI
                    I beg you, Comtesse, to
                    introduce Doctor Franklin to the court.

                              VERGENNES
                    I bet they are many a lady eager to
                    meet him.

          Annette leads Franklin away.

                              KING LOUIS XVI
                    Tell me, Count Vergennes, what do
                    the spies say, exactly?

                              VERGENNES
                    Monsieur Beaumarchais...

          Beaumarchais advances and kneels down.

                              BEAUMARCHAIS
                    Doctor Franklin was visited by
                    Wentworth at Passy about three hours
                    ago.

                              KING LOUIS XVI
                    Wentworth?

                              VERGENNES
                    An English spy, your excellency.

                              BEAUMARCHAIS
                    It appears there is an imminent
                    reconciliation between the British and
                    the Americans.
 
                              VERGENNES
                    Unless we sign the treaty.

          Beaumarchais assents nodding his head.

                              KING LOUIS XVI
                    I see. What do the bourbons in
                    Spain say?

                              VERGENNES
                    They have procrastinated their
                    response.

                              KING LOUIS XVI
                         (skeptical)
                    We would be alone then.

                              VERGENNES
                    Our treasure is almost empty, but
                    we can supply them with loans.

                             

                              BEAUMARCHAIS
                    I don't doubt the Americans will be
                    able to pay us back our services,
                    with interests.

                              KING LOUIS XVI
                    What would your majesty say?

                              MARIE ANTOINETTE
                    I believe they should be free.

                              VEGENNES
                    Your vassals are elated by the
                    American victory at

                              KING LOUIS XVI
                    Marquis de Lafayette was right,
                    then.

                              BEAUMARCHAIS
                    They are truly a new nation.
 
                              KING LOUIS XVI
                    I have been informed, though, that
                    they have lost the city of New
                    York, and that they been repeatedly
                    defeated by the Hotinoshoni
                    aborigines.

                              MARIE ANTOINETTE
                         (to Vergennes)
                    Is it true?

          Vergennes hesitates. Beaumarchais intervenes.

                              BEAUMARCHAIS
                    Rome was also sacked by the Huns,
                    your majesty. But the empire
                    prevailed.

                              KING LOUIS XVI
                         (laughing)
                    Very witty.

                              BEAUMARCHAIS
                    The natives of America have
                    murdered some patriots, your majesty.
                    And in the most horrible way.
                    Doctor Franklin tells us that they
                    cut their enemies' head skin before
                    they die.

                              MARIE ANTOINETTE
                    Good heavens! How can they...?

                              BEAUMARCHAIS
                    There are savages, my Queen.

                              MARIE ANTOINETTE
                    We must help them, Louis...

                              KING LOUIS XVI
                    Did you alrady sign that treaty,
                    Count Vergennes?

                             

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          EXT. VALLEY FORGE. DAY.

          A war drum is heard. Over the valley covered by snow, Phelps and
          Gorham, two Continental Soldiers, are tied up each one to a
          post by CONTINENTAL SOLDIERS 39 & 40.

          Washington oversees the scene.

                              GORHAM
                    Oh, God, please, save me!

          C. Soldiers 39 & 40 rejoin a firing squad of ten CONTINENTAL
          SOLDIERS.

          A horse rider gallops from the distance.

          CONTINENTAL OFFICER 6 advances with a document in his hands and
          reads.

                              CONTINENTAL OFFICER 6
                    Charles Phelps and Samuel Gorham.
                    You both have been accused and
                    found guilty of desertion,
                    insubordination and robbery. The
                    penalty, by General Washington
                    decree, is death.

          Continental officer 6 nods his head to CONTINENTAL OFFICER
          7, who takes out his sword.

          The horse rider comes into sight: KNOX, a chubby 26-year

          C. Officer raises his sword.

          Washington stands up.

                              CONTINENTAL OFFICER 7
                    Ready!

          The firing squad soldiers raise their bayonets.

          Phelps sobs.
 
                              PHELPS
                    I shouldn't have listen to you.

          Knox dismounts his horse and approaches Washington.

                              CONTINENTAL OFFICER 7
                    Aim!

          The firing squad soldiers aim at the two men.

                              KNOX
                    It has pleased the Almighty Ruler
                    of the universe to defend the
                    course of the United States.

          C. Officer 7 looks at Knox.

          Washington looks anxiously at Knox.

                              KNOX
                    France has recognized our
                    independence.

                              WASHINGTON
                         (to C. Officer 7)
                    It becomes us to set apart a day
                    for gratefully acknowledging the Divine
                    goodness, and celebrating the
                    important event which we owe to his
                    Divine interposition. Captain!
                    These men are pardoned.

          The soldiers scream out of joy and throw their hats to the air.

                              GORHAM
                    Long Live the King of France!

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          EXT. VALLEY FORGE. DAY.

          Washington, wearing a coat and a hat, oversees the valley covered
          by snow.

          Knox stands by Washington's side.

          A group of ten thin and worn-out CONTINENTAL SOLDIERS build
          a log-made hut.

                              WASHINGTON
                    Unless some great and capital
                    change takes place, this army must
                    inevitably starve, dissolve, or
                    disperse in order to obtain
                    subsistence in the best manner they
                    can.

          A bony horse is brought forward by CONTINENTAL OFFICER 7.

                              KNOX
                    Some men have died, many more will
                    die. I'm confident, though, that
                    those fated to prevail over the
                    inclemency of cold, defeat and humiliation,
                    will eventually bring independence
                    to this nation.

          The horse suddenly escapes and trots heavily on the snow.
          It collapses and dies.

          The Continental Soldiers take out their knifes and run towards
          the horse, which is cut into pieces.

                              KNOX
                    Hunger is the only need that
                    evinces our closeness to the beasts.
 
                              WASHINGTON
                    I blame the Indians, General Knox.
                    They are the masters of hit-and-run
                    tactics. By burning the
                    Pennsylvania plantations of wheat
                    and corn they have brought us to
                    our knees. There are members of
                    Congress who demand a campaign of
                    retaliation against the
                    Hotinoshoni.

                              KNOX
                    They are quite desperate, General.
                    They have reasons to hate us.
                    Painfully, they have come to
                    understand that we rarely honor our
                    treaties.

                              WASHINGTON
                    We are obliged to seize as much
                    Indian land as possible. Otherwise
                    the Spaniards or the French will do
                    it.

                              KNOX
                    Colonists regard the Hotinoshoni
                    as  animals. A war against them
                    would cost us dear. Don't you
                    believe that our treatment of the
                    Indians contradict the republican
                    principles that have illuminated
                    our Independence?

                              WASHINGTON
                    We can't treat them like any other
                    foreign nation.

                              KNOX
                    We must be fair with them, General.
                    We came here to take over their
                    lands.

          Washington wonders looking at the soldiers, who eat the row meat
          of the horse.
 
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          EXT. ONAQUAGA CITY, CENTRAL PARK. DAY.

          Gaiantwake, Thayendanegea, Sayechtehana, Deganawida, Hiawatha, Tecumseh
          and Esther are seated on the ground.

          CALDWELL, a 27-year old British soldier, speaks to them. He is
          seated on the ground. Butler, a 42-year old British
          commander stands besides him.

                              CALDWELL
                    Though we've been defeated twice in
                    a single year, our spirit hasn't
                    been broken. Neither the alliance
                    of the French King, nor the defeat
                    of Saratoga will take us way from
                    the road to victory.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    We have accomplished our duty,
                    Commander Caldwell. General Burgoyne,
                    on the other hand, proved to be an
                    unexperienced warrior.

                              CALDWELL
                    Burgoyne will have to face a
                    dishonorable rebuke after his return
                    to England. I can't picture him
                    again on the battlefield. He most
                    surely will spend the rest of his
                    life gardening at home.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    Blessed are those who have a home
                    where to return. Witouth a single
                    defeat, we, the Hotinoshoni, are
                    losing the war, and our lands.

                              CALDWELL
                    I can assure you that England will
                    prevail.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA

                             
                    What do you want from us?
 
                              CALDWELL
                    To attack Forty Fort, in the
                    Wyoming Valley.

          The members of the council whisper to each other.

          Kanestie enters with a bowl of water, which she hands out

                              DEGANAWIDA
                    They are out of our territory. What
                    have they done to us, that we
                    should attack them without
                    provocation?

                              BUTLER
                         (haughty)
                    This a continental war. You should
                    be prepared to mobilize your troops
                    according to our instructions.

          The members of the council whisper to each other. They look at
          Butler with contempt.

                              CALDWELL
                         (conciliatory)
                    There is a commander there,
                    notorious for his hate against the
                    children of the Great Spirit--A
                    leader of the Paxton boys: Lazarus
                    Steward.

          The members of the council whisper to each other.

          Kanestie takes advantage of the moment and speaks

                              KANESTIE
                    Your son is making love to your new
                    bride.

          Kanestie smiles and moves away. She is observed by Macawi.

          Thayendanegea's countenance gets still.
 
                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    The Great Spirit wants us to
                    revenge on him all

          Screams of support are heard.

          Thayendanegea stands up.

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          INT. THAYENDANEGEA'S LOG HOUSE. NIGHT.

          Naked in a bed, Oheo and Isaac make love.

          Kanestie and Oniatario are seated on the ground.

                              ISAAC (V.O)
                    We thank the Great Spirit that we
                    have the privilege of this pleasant
                    occasion.

          Thayendanegea enters and look at them.

                              ISAAC (V.O)
                    We give thanks for the persons who
                    can sing the Great Spirit's music,
                    and hope they will be privileged to
                    continue in his faith.

          Thayendanegea takes out his tomahawk.

                              ISAAC (V.O)
                    We thank the Great Spirit for all
                    the persons who perform the ceremonies
                    on this occasion.

          Oheo looks at Thayendanegea and screams.

                              ISAAC
                    We got married, father!

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    You won't ever be a Christian.
 
          Isaac jumps on the floor and takes out a knife. He jumps
          over Thayendanegea, who avoids his attack.

          Isaac attacks him again. Thayendanegea takes the blade of
          the knife with his hand, which bleeds, and hits Isaac.

          Isaac fells on the ground. Thayendanegea tomahwaks him.

                              OHEO
                    No! No! No!

          Oheo cries.

          Kanestie smiles.

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          EXT. FIELD BEFORE FORTY FORT. DAY.

          Shots and screams are heard. Led by Thayendanegea, two hundred Hotinoshoni
          WARRIORS move like serpents over the grass, shooting at the
          Continental soldiers 12 to 25, who shoot in return from the
          fence of their wooden wall.

                              TITLE CARD
                    Battle of Wyoming, summer 1778.

          Sayenqueraghta, on horseback, surveys the scene from the top of
          the hill.

          A cannon, placed besides him, aims at the wall of the fort.

          STEWARD, a 44-year old Continental commander, leads a group of
          Yankees and Native Americans, who come out to face the
          enemy.

          Sayenqueraghta nods his head.

          Deganawida fires up the rear of the cannon.

          CONTINENTAL SOLDIERS 26 to 32 fly over the air.
 
          The wooden wall crumbles into pieces by the impact of a second
          cannonball.

          A standing wooden wall is climbed up by twenty Hotinoshoni WARRIORS,
          Gaiantwake and Onekwa, with the only help of their tomahawks
          and knifes.

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          EXT. FORTY FORT. DAY

          CONTINENTAL OFFICER 3, ten ONEIDA WARRIORS and Akiatonharonkwen
          fell onto the floor of the deck by the impact of the
          cannonball.

          Their bodies slide over the logs that fall over the grass.

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          EXT. FIELD BEFORE FORTY FORT. DAY.

          Thayendanegea advances over the wooden wall. His left arm
          shows a bullet wound.

          He fights with CONTINENTAL SOLDIERS 33, 34 & 35; their bayonets against
          his tomahawk and his knife.

          Sayenqueraghta leads his forces against the fort.

          CONTINENTAL OFFICER 4 raises from the ground and waves his sword
          against the Senecas.

          Both forces clash in disorder.

          Tecumseh breaks the skull of Continental Officer 4.

          Akiatonharonkwen, besides the falling wall, holds his bow,
          stretches his arrow and aims at Gaiantwake.

          The series of falling logs fall over Akiatonharonkwen.

          Sayenqueraghta kills and scalps CONTINENTAL OFFICER 5.
 
                              STEWART
                    To the ground!

          The Continental forces fall onto the ground.

          The cannons of the interior garrison shoot their cannonballs over
          the Continental heads.

          The field is confused by smoke, blood and Seneca bodies.

          P.O.V. of Gaiantwake, who boldly jumps over CONTINENTAL SOLDIER
          36, whom he kills. He moves on towards Stewart.

          CONTINENTAL SOLDIER 37 sees Thayendanegea fighting with Continental CONTINENTAL
          SOLDIER 38.

          Contiental soldier 37 aims his bayonet to Thayendanegea.

          A shot is heard. Continental soldier 37 fells dead. Behind him,
          Butler advances leading three hundred AFRICAN-AMERICAN
          LOYALIST SOLDIERS.

          Gaiantwake moves through the smoke and attacks Steward, who avoids
          him.

          Steward throws his bayonet and returns to the fort.

          Gaiantwake aims at him with an arrow.

          Stewart raises his head and his hand in a sheltering
          gesture.

          An arrow crosses the sky.

          The arrow pierces Steward's hand. He screams. Head and hand are
          united by the arrow.

          Akiatonharonkwen, raising from the debris, sees Steward
          waving out his sword.

          Gaiantwake reaches Stewart.
 
                              GAIANTWAKE
                    This is for the Conestoga Massacre.

          He handles up his tomahawk on the air.

          From the sky, the continental soldiers run away from the fort.
          They are chased and killed by the Hotinoshoni.

          Loyalist soldiers burn the fort.

          The sun goes down.

          Akiatonharonkwen and several Oneida warriors gallop away on
          their horses.

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          EXT. ESTHER'S LONGHOUSE. DAY.

          An Hotinoshoni drum is heard. Carrying a tomahawk in her
          left hand, red-painted Esther moves in front of her
          longhouse examining the faces of ten wounded ONEIDA
          PRISONERS and six battered CONTINENTAL ARMY PRISONERS. They form
          a circle--tied up by their hands, each one to a post.

          They are surrounded by twenty Hotinoshoni WARRIORS.

          Esther halts before the face of 37-year old SHOEMAKER.

                              ESTHER
                    Are you Sullivan?

                              SHOEMAKER
                    No, madam.

                              ESTHER
                    Killing a woman and child, and then
                    Scalping them...

                              SHOEMAKER
                    I'm Lieutenant Elijah Shoemaker,
                    madam. I fell prisoner in Wyoming.
 
          Esther looks angrily at him. Shoemaker looks in horror at
          her and then at her tomahawk, which is lift onto the air.

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          EXT. GAIANTWAKE'S LONGHOUSE. NIGHT

          Two ONEGA WARRIOR, Phelps and Gorham, hidden in the bushes, look
          at Gaiantwake's longhouse. A weak light shines from inside.

                              GORHAM
                         (whispering)
                    This is the boundary of the Seneca
                    country. We should return to the
                    fort.

                              ONEGA WARRIOR 1
                    There are no horses around.

                              ONEGA WARRIOR 2
                    We must revenge our brothers.

          The Onega Warrior's look at each other. They take out

                              PHELPS
                    Shouldn't we wait for
                    reinforcements?

          The Onega Warriors look at them in defiance.

                              GORHAM
                    We cannot affort another trial for
                    disobedience.

          Phelps and Gorham step back and mount on their horses.

                              PHELPS
                    We thank you for guiding us here.
                    But now we can return by ourselves.

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          INT. GAIANTWAKE'S LONGHOUSE. NIGHT.

          Lit by a single candle, Isi prepares a corn cake.

          She hears the sound of a horse neighing.

          She picks up a knife and goes to the door.

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          EXT. GAIANTWAKE'S LONGHOUSE. NIGHT.

          Isi comes out from her home, bearing her knife. She observes the
          field.

                              ISI
                    Tecumseh?

          Isi hears silence in return. She sees a wild horse

          She relax the knife and sighs.

          The arm of O. Warrior 1 embraces her from the neck.

          O. Warrior 2 rips off her clothes.

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          EXT. O'BAILS LOG HOUSE. DAY.

          Mounted on horses, Hotinoshoni WARRIORS 10 and 11 throw torches into
          a log-house, which burns into flames.

          Hotinoshoni WARRIOR 12 scalps a male victim nearby.

          O'BAIL, a 55-year old Dutch man, lies on the floor. His leg is
          wounded.

          Onekwa approaches him with a knife in his hand.
 
                              O'BAIL
                    Do it at once, you, damn it!

          Onekwa takes out his tomahawk. He raises it on the air.

          His hand is checked by Gaiantwake's hand. I. Onekwa turns around,
          quite surprised. He sees Orengowah and ten Hotinoshoni
          WARRIORS behind Gaiantwake.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    These are civilians! Why did you
                    burn their house?

                              ONEKWA
                    He's our enemy!

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    He's my father!

          O'Bail looks at Gaiantwake in disbelief.

          Onekwa bends his head and retires.

                              O'BAIL
                    I haven't seen you in twenty years.

          Gaiantwake looks at him with certain shyness.

          Orengowah kneels down over O'Bail and rips off the clothing covering
          his wound.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    I offer you my apologies in the
                    name of the Seneca nation.

                              ORENGOWAH
                    It's only a scratch. He will
                    recover soon.

          Orengowah takes out a mixture of leaves and places them on his
          wound, which is strapped by a piece of clothing.

                              O'BAIL
                    They burned my furs!
 
                              GAIANTWAKE
                    These are no time for trading,
                    father. Are you loyalist

                              O'BAIL
                    I know how to take care of myself.

                              ORENGOWAH
                    He's a colonist. We cannot leave
                    him by himself.

          Gaiantwake takes O'Bail's face in his hands.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    Listen to me, father. You can
                    either come and fight with us and
                    the loyalists, or my men can escort
                    you back to New Jersey.

                              O'BAIL
                         (touched)
                    I will return then.

          Gaiantwake smiles sadly at him.

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          EXT. GAIANTWAKE'S LONGHOUSE. NIGHT

          Tecumseh gallops his horse. He arrives to the front of

                              TECUMSEH
                    Oh, God!

          Tecumseh dismounts his horse. He screams as he sees the scalped
          naked cadaver of Isi on the ground.

          He raises his head just on time to avoid the impact of O. Warrior's
          tomahawk. He takes out his knife and stabs O. Warrior 1
          before he's able to attack him again.
 
          He attempts to stand up, but he's nailed to the floor by the spear
          of O. Warrior 2, who screams.

          Tecumseh's mouth pours blood. He fells dead on the ground.

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          EXT. ONAQUAGA CITY, CENTRAL PARK. DAY

          Esther rides a white horse stained by blood. Black and blond
          scalps hang from its saddle.

          She is followed by Sayenqueraghta, Thayendanegea, Tecumseh, Gaiantwake,
          Hiawatha, Deganawida, Jeremias and Kanestie.

          Sayenqueraghta gets down from his horse and walks towards
          the central park, where Oheo, Genesee, Jogues, Macawi and
          two hundred Hotinoshoni await.

          Ganiodayo approches Thayendanegea and speaks to his ear.

          Sayenqueraghta approaches Oheo.

          Oheo looks at him with tears in her eyes. Sayenqueraghta embraces
          her.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    Why did you disobey me?

                              OHEO
                         (whispering)
                    I'm pregnant father.

          Jogues approaches Gaiantwake. He looks pale.

                              JOGUES
                    Have you gone to your house, noble
                    Gaiantwake?

                              GAIANTWAKE
                         (worried)
                    Tecumseh is there...

                              ESTHER
                    We have heard terrible rumors.
 
                              GANIODAYO
                         (to Jogues)
                    Hasn't the Christian God been able
                    to protect your flock, father?

          Gaiantwake looks at Jogues, who lowers his sight.

          The face of Gaiantwake turns pale. He spurs his horse and gallops
          away. Esther and ten Hotinoshoni WARRIORS follow him.

          Sayenqueraghta turns around and faces Thayendanegea.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    I firmly condemned the events that
                    ended the life of your son Isaac. I
                    understand you were right to kill
                    him, for he broke the covenant with
                    his own life-giver. But I can't
                    allow Oheo to remain with you. She
                    has already taken another man.

          Whispers are heard.

          Jogues talks to Oniatario's ear.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    I won't dispute your decision,
                    father Sayenqueraghta.

          Thayendanegea bends his head. Whispers are heard.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    And I humbly beg you to forget
                    those events, and to join all the
                    Seneca nation in the celebration of
                    our recent victory over the Continental
                    army.

          The crowd remains unmoved. Esther advances.
 
                              ONIATARIO
                    The survival of our nation is at
                    the stake, bold Thayendanegea. Many
                    lives of colonists were taken at
                    Wyoming. I entrat you to prepare us
                    for the defense of our cities.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                         (to Sayenqueraghta)
                    I see yous wife has been under the
                    influence of a Blackrobe.

          Jogues steps ahead.

                              JOGUES
                    You know the white men. You know
                    this is the excuse they have been
                    looking for in order to wipe out
                    this nation. The Continental army
                    won't spare women and children.

          Thayendanegea laughs at his words.

          The sun is covered all of a sudden by black clouds.

          An eagle crosses the skies.

          People point out at the bird.

          A thunder is heard.

          The eagle falls dead in front of Thayendanegea's feet.

          His horse neighs.

          Thayendanegea looks in horror at Jogues.

          Onekwa arrives riding his horse.

          All the horses neigh.

          A heavy rain fells. People move away looking for shelter.
 
                              ONEKWA
                    An entire regiment is trying to
                    cross the river! We must evacuate
                    the town!

                              GANIODAYO
                    This is not an omen! This is
                    witchcraft!

          Jogues looks confused at the faces of Thayendanegea and Sayenqueraghta,
          who look at him with distrust.

                              ORENGOWAH
                         (defiant)
                    The life of a sacred eagle must be
                    cleansed with blood.

                             

                              GANIODAYO
                    Death to the sorcerer!

          Ganiodayo takes out his tomahawk.

          Jogues makes the sign of the cross on his face, his lips trembling.

          He looks at Oniatario, who attempts to move towards him. She is
          stopped by Ganiodayo.

                              ONIATARIO
                    Run away, father Jogues!

          Jogues turns around and runs away.

          Ganiodayo fallows him.
 
                              WASHINGTON (V.O.)
                    The parties of Indians and others,
                    under Butler and Thayendanegea,
                    have already done considerable
                    mischief on the North East corner
                    of Pennsylvania; having cut off the
                    inhabitants, and destroying the
                    settlement of Wyoming...

          Jogues walks at fast pace towards the church. He is reached by
          Ganiodayo, who hits him with his tomahawk.

          Jogues stumbles on the floor, still alive. He drags his body towards
          the church. The open doors allow him to see an image of
          Virgen Mary.

                              WASHINGTON (V.O.)
                    As a result, I have sent up the
                    fourth Pennsylvania Regiment and
                    Captain Posey with a detachment of
                    Morgans Rifle Corps to assist the Militia
                    of New Jersey and New York in
                    repelling farther incursions.

          From the sky, Ganiodayo and ten Hotinoshoni WARRIORS club
          him to death, under the sign of the cross.

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          INT. HEAD QUARTES AT WHITE PLANES. DAY.

          General Washington dictates a letter to 34-year old
          TILGHMAN.

                              WASHINGTON
                    If the expedition against the
                    Seneca Country is to be prosecuted,
                    I imagine you and the Gentlemen
                    joined with you in the commission
                    for Indian Affairs will hear more
                    of it from Congress and those who
                    at first had the management of
                    it...
 
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          EXT. ONAQUAGA CITY, CENTRAL PARK. DAY

          It rains. Thunders are heard. From the sky we see two thousand
          SENECA PEOPLE who abandon their city. Some families carry
          their goods on horsebacks. Others, on their own own backs.
          Cries of children are heard. There is smoke from fires, here
          and there.

          Sayenqueraghta and Deganawida gallop on their horses through the
          crowd.

          They meet Onekwa, who rides from an opposite direction.

                              ONEKWA
                    One third of the continental army
                    is coming after us. We need reinforcements
                    from Fort Niagara!

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    We haven't receive news from
                    Theyandarega. How much time do we
                    have?

                              GAINTWAKE (V.O.)
                    One day, perhaps less.

          They turn around and see Gaiantwake coming out of the smoke. He
          mounts his horse. His face is red painted.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    Akiatonharonkwen wants to see us,
                    father Sayenqueraghta.

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          INT. GAIANTWAKE'S LONGHOUSE. NIGHT.

          Akiatonharonkwen smokes the pipe of peace and passes it on
          to Gaiantwake. Ganiodayo stands besides them.
 
                              AKIATONHAR├˘NKWEN
                    I regret the lost of your beloved
                    ones, noble Gaiantwake. Tecumseh
                    was a....

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    He is dead and buried. What do our
                    foes want from us?

          Oheo and Sayenqueraghta look at Akiatonharonkwen.

                              AKIATONHARONKWEN
                    General Washington has commissioned
                    the fourth regiment to destroy your
                    towns and to ruin your crops.

                              GANIODAYO
                    He is the town-destroyer announced
                    by the prophets.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    Can we start a peace negociation?

                              AKIATONHARONKWEN
                    It's too late. Give me Oheo as my
                    wife, and I will protect her.

          Oheo looks at Sayenqueraghta in disbelief.

          Sayenqueraghta looks at her, and then places his hand

          Sayenqueraghta takes Oheo's hand and places it

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                         (continuing)
                    Let our blood melt into each other,
                    as the furious rivers of the earth
                    before the quiet sea.

          Sayenqueraghta unsheathes his knife and cuts his wrist. He drops
          the blood on the ground.
 
          He passes the knife on to Akiatonharonkwen, who cuts his
          wrist. He drops his blood over Sayenqueraghta's blood.

                              OHEO
                    I have the right to condition your
                    decision, father.
                         (to Akiatonharonkwen)
                    Swear that you will never abandon
                    me.

          Akiatonharonkwen looks at Oheo tenderly.

                              AKIATONHARONKWEN
                    I swear it.

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          EXT. GAIANTWAKE'S LONGHOUSE. NIGHT

          Ten ONEIDA WARRIORS, mounted on horses, await about ten
          yards from the house.

          Akiatonharonkwen saddles a horse. Gaiantwake stands besides
          him.

          Sayenqueraghta embraces Oheo, who carries a saddle.

                              OHEO
                    Why do you take me away from you?
                    Why do you delay my death?

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    Because I have prayed so much for
                    you. All of us will die sooner or
                    later, but you must survive.
                    Akiatonharonkwen is respected by the
                    withe men. You will raise our
                    offspring in that new world.

                              OHEO
                    But I'm...
 
                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    He will father him. In return, you
                    will be faithful to him.

          Sayenqueraghta takes Oheo's face in his hands and

                              OHEO
                    That Virgin Mary intercede to God
                    for you.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    They should go, father
                    Sayenqueraghta.

          Sayenqueraghta sees Oheo moving away.

          Oheo jumps onto a horse.

          The group gallops away.

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          EXT. SENECA LAKE, A CANOE. DAY

          Jeremias, 6-months pregnant Kanestie, Hiawatha, Oniatario
          and Macawi are seated on a canoe that crosses the waters of
          the Seneca lake. The sight is blurred by rain and fog.

          A train of canoes follow them far away. They are loaded with
          arms and provisions. Each of them is overcrowded by
          Hotinoshoni women and children.

         

          Hiawatha looks at the shores, where ghostly Seneca men and women hastily
          pick up the corn.

                              HIAWATHA
                    The lands yielded a poor crop this
                    year.

          Macawi looks at Kanestie with hostility.
 
                              MACAWI
                    You killed him.

          Kanestie looks at her in astonishment. She embraces
          Jeremias.

          Oniatario and Hiawatha look at them.

                              ONIATARIO
                    Who?

                              MACAWI
                    I saw this woman whispering to
                    Theyandanaga just before he killed
                    Isaac.

          Jeremias takes out his knife. Oniatario screams. Jeremias cuts
          Macawi's throat.

          Onekwa looks at the scene from the nearest canoe.

          Macawi stumbles over Oniatario, who screams, covered by blood.
          Macawi fells on the water.

          Hiawatha takes out his knife and cuts Jeremias on his face. Jeremias
          drops his knife. Hiawatha is tomahawked by Kanestie.

          Hiawatha fells on the water, just besides Macawi's agonizing body.
          The water is stained by blood.

          Kanestie looks at Oniatario, who steps back and fells into the
          water.

          An arrow crosses the space. Cries of war are heard.

                              JEREMIAS
                    We must return to the town!

          Jeremias takes Kanestie with him into the water, under a
          rain of arrows that cut the air.

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          EXT. SENECA LAKE, A CANOE. DAY

          Sayenqueraghta, Gaiantwake and Ganiodayo are seated on a canoe
          that crosses the waters of the Seneca lake.

          Sayenqueraghta observes an object floating on the water.

          He stands up and guides the canoe towards him.

          Gaiantwake looks at it: the cadaver of Oniatario.

          Sayenqueraghta's face is clouded by pain.

         

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          EXT. ONAQUAGA CITY, CENTRAL PARK. DAY.

          Two thousand CONTINENTAL SOLDIERS raid the city of Onaquaga. They
          burn the houses.

          A SENECA WOMAN is beaten by CONTINENTAL SOLDIER 42.

          A pile of CADAVERS OF SENECA CHILDREN is seen.

          SULLIVAN approaches CLINTON. They both ride horses. CONTINENTAL
          OFFICER 7 follows them.

                              CLINTON
                    There are the finest Indian houses
                    I have seen.

          CONTINENTAL SOLDIER 43 brings two SENECA CHILDREN who cry. Sullivan
          takes out his bayonet and aims at them.

                              SULLIVAN
                    No children would be spared.

          C. Soldier 43 abandon the children. Sullivan shoots them. Clinton
          looks at him in horror.
 
                              SULLIVAN
                    If we leave them alive, they will
                    be after us in ten years or so.

          They approach a huge pile, where the soldiers throw corn, squash
          and beans they take out from the houses.
                   

                              SULLIVAN
                         (to Continental Officer 7)
                    Order the men to eat all they can.
                    Then destroy everything.

          C. Officer rides away.

          A soldier throws a torch to the provisions.

          Through the flames, we see the triumphant countenance

          Phelps and Gorham bring Jeremias and Kanestie.

                              GORHAM
                    We found them in a hut, General.

          Sullivan sees the prominent breasts of Kanestie.

                              SULLIVAN
                    Are you loyalists?

                              JEREMIAS
                    No, Sir. We were taken prisoners
                    about one year ago.

                              SULLIVAN
                    Where did you get that cut?

                              JEREMIAS
                    When I escaped. We know this was
                    the safest place for us.

                              SULLIVAN
                    You are not a warrior.
 
                              JEREMIAS
                    I'm a cook, Sir, and she...

                              SULLIVAN
                         (to Gorham)
                    Ask captain Montgomery to sell this
                    man as a slave. As for her... I
                    will keep her in my company.

          Jeremias opens his mouth unable to utter a word. Kanestie looks
          confused at him.

          Battered and breast-naked Seneca woman runs away. She is caught
          and shot on the head by C. Soldier 42.

          Sullivan makes a gesture with his hand and Jeremias is
          seized and taken away by Gorham and Phelps.

                              SULLIVAN
                    They will give me at least ten
                    pounds for him.
                         (to Kanestie)
                    I'm so fortunate to meet you,
                    Madam.

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          EXT.  CHERRY VALLEY VILLAGE. DAY.

          Sobbing of women and cries of children are heard. There are six
          SCALPED CORPSES of Continental Soldiers scattered on the
          ground.

          13-year old BENJAMIN, 17-year old RUFUS, 25 COLONISTS, 15
          WOMEN and 10 CHILDREN are knelt down on the ground before
          the burning houses of the village. Most of them have their
          hands tied up.

          They are under the surveillance of Onekwa and 50 Hotinoshoni WARRIORS,
          who bearing heavy make up, move around them bearing in their
          hands their tomahawks and knifes. Bayonets hang from their
          bodies.
 
                              RUFUS
                         (whispering)
                    Try to untie me.

                              BENJAMIN
                    They will kill me...

                              RUFUS
                    We are not far from the fort. We'll
                    run. Don't you see? They want to
                    scalp us. I'd rather die by a
                    bullet.

          Rufus turns around and places his hands on Benjamin's.

          Thayendanegea and Gaiantwake ride their horses. They stopped about
          two hundred yards before the fort, a construction of logs
          from where the heads of fifty CONTINENTAL SOLDIERS can be
          seen.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    We won't be able to take the fort.
                    They have provisions, and they
                    expect reinforcements at any time.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    We should march to Canada then. Our
                    main towns have been destroyed.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    My men want revenge.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    These are women and children.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    Killing is a morbid allurement.
                    They won't obey us unless they see
                    running blood.

                             

          Sayenqueraghta approaches riding his horse. He guides
          another horse, where he carries Oniatario's cadaver.

          There are whispers of commotion amongst the I. Warriors.
 
          Sayenqueraghta dismounts, takes Oniatario's cadaver in his arms
          and approaches Gaiantwake.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                         (with somber look)
                    She was cast by foes onto the
                    lake's surface.

                              ONEKWA
                    Blood claims blood!

          Onekwa tomahawks COLONIST WOMAN 1. The I. Warriors scream, taking
          out their tomahawks.

          Gaiantwake raises his hand and the soldiers stop

                             

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    Your eyes seep a dire disposition.
                    Sorrow has blurred your judgment,
                    father Sayenqueraghta!

          Silence. Benjamin and Rufus look at the scene in awe.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    I have never been so lucid. The
                    twilight of mi mind hasn't come
                    yet, noble Gaiantwake. The carcass
                    of tender Oniatario met my canoe
                    this morning, as in a nightmare.  I
                    understood then that General
                    Washington, the town-destroyer, wants
                    to annihilate us, one by one.

          Sayenqueraghta leaves the cadaver of Oniatario before Akiatonharonkwens'
          feet.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    Beatous wife; nobler in your
                    silence than on your
 
                             

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    You found her. But how can you be
                    so sure she was killed by the Continental
                    Army?

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    They don't have a sense of
                    humanity. They executed twenty
                    three children at Onaquaga.

          Whispers are heard.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    Mischievous tongues have licked
                    your ear.
                   

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    These woman and children are not
                    less than our innocent offspring. If
                    we spared their lives our name will
                    be erased from the memory of the
                    colonists. But if we scalp them
                    now, they may fear us.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    You are taken away by the dead of
                    your wife, father Sayenqueraghta.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    I must ask you to relinquish your
                    command.

          Sayenqueraghta nods his head.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    The British will shelter us in Fort
                    Niagara.

                              ONEKWA
                    I won't be ever an outlaw in the
                    west.

          Onekwa screams and throws his knife to COLONIST WOMAN 2, who fells
          dead.
 
                              WASHINGTON (V.O.)
                    The Expedition you are appointed to
                    command, General Sullivan is to be directed
                    against the hostile tribes of the
                    Six Nations of Indians, with their
                    associates and adherents.

          The horse of Gaiantwake neighs.

          The I. Warriors scream and attack the colonists.

          Benjamin and Rufus stand up all of a sudden and run towards
          the fort. They are followed by Onekwa, who jumps onto a
          horse and takes out his tomahawk.

          A shot is heard. Onekwa's horse fells wounded onto the
          ground.

          From the fort we see the silhouette of a SNIPPER.

                              WASHINGTON (V.O.)
                    The immediate objects are the total destruction
                    and devastation of their
                    settlements. It will be essential to
                    ruin their crops now in the ground
                    and prevent their planting more.

          The I. Warriors shoot at Benjamin and Rufus. They enter unscathed
          into the open doors of the fort, amongst the ovations of the
          C. Soldiers.

                              WASHINGTON (V.O.)
                    I would recommend that some post in
                    the center of the Indian Country,
                    should be occupied with all
                    expedition, with a sufficient
                    quantity of provisions whence
                    parties should be detached to lay
                    waste all the settlements around,
                    with instructions to do it in the most
                    effectual manner, that the country
                    may not be merely overrun,
 
          A child screams under the shadow of Sayenqueraghta's tomahawk. Gaintwake
          grasp Sayenqueraghta's arm just on time, but he is hit on
          his face by a stone coming out of the blue. Gaiantwake
          faints and fells.

          COLONIST WOMAN 3 is tomahawked by Hotinoshoni WARRIOR 10. A
          COLONIST opposes him, but he's immediately tomahawked by
          Hotinoshoni WARRIOR 11.

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          INT. HEAD QUARTES AT WHITE PLANES. DAY.

          General Washington dictates a letter to 34-year old
          TILGHMAN. Knox listens to him.

                              TITLE CARD
                    Continental Army Head-Quarters, May
                    1779

                              WASHINGTON
                    But you will not by any means
                    listen to any overture of peace
                    before the total ruinment of their
                    settlements is effected. Our future
                    security will be in their inability
                    to injure us and in the terror with
                    which the severity of the
                    chastisement they receive will inspire
                    them. For signature.

                              KNOX
                    Those words signify the utter
                    annihilation of the Seneca Indians.
                    Women and children won't survive.

                              TILGHMAN
                    We value the life of a single
                    Continental Soldier over the entire
                    Hotinoshoni nation.

          Tilghman passes out the letter to Washington, who signs it.
 
                              TILGHMAN
                    Two hundred twenty American scalps
                    were taken in Wyoming. About thirty
                    women and children were scalped at
                    Cherry Valley.

                              KNOX
                    Destroying their towns will mean
                    the end of a civilization.

                              TILGHMAN
                    Surely you heard that one of the
                    most conspicous leaders of--as you
                    put it, their civilization, known
                    by the settlers as Queen Esther, lined
                    sixteen American colonists around
                    stone, just to smashed their skulls
                    with her tomahawk.

                              KNOX
                    Most of them were Indians.

                              TILGHMAN
                    The entire nation wants
                    retaliation. They are barbarians!

                              KNOX
                    The roads we use were built by
                    them.
                         (to Washington)
                    I understand they should be
                    punished. But if we are the bearers
                    of civilization, we must be up to our
                    principles.

                              TILGHMAN
                    I sense you are afraid of them,
                    General Knox.

                              KNOX
                         (to Washington)
                    Why don't you allow me to talk to
                    them? I volunteer to go to their
                    country as an ambassador.
 
                              WASHINGTON
                    Only Congress can authorize such a
                    move. I really appreciate your
                    sympathy for the Indians, General
                    Knox, but we are obliged to cripple
                    them. They will migrate to Canada
                    then, looking for shelter.
                    Thousands of newcomers will surely
                    unsettle the economy of the British
                    Crown.

          Knox lowers his sight.

                              KNOX
                    New York and Philadelphia...

                              WASHINGTON
                    They are no longer our priority. I
                    will mobilize a third of our army
                    to the Indian country. Colonel Tilghman,
                    dispatch  that letter immediately.

          Tilghman stands up and exits.

          Washington looks  out through the window. He is untouched by
          his words.

                              WASHINGTON
                    War is an inhuman affair, General
                    Knox.

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          INT. SAYENQUERAGHTA'S HOUSE. NIGHT.

          Sullivan writes a letter under the light of a candle.

          The door is open and Kanestie is pushed by a soldiers. Laughing
          is heard.

          Sullivan stands up.

          Kanestie looks at a knife placed on a table.
 
                              SULLIVAN
                    I understand you are half-breed.

                              KANESTIE
                    My grandfather was German.

                              SULLIVAN
                    Did you meet him?

          Kanestie lowers her face.

          Sullivan approaches her and raises her head taking her chin.

                              SULLIVAN
                    Of course not. The silence of a
                    woman is as expressive as the agony
                    of a bird. Though I shouldn't call
                    you woman. All female Indians I've
                    met behave like you. Tell me you
                    are not a slut.

          Kanestie hardens the expression on her face. Sullivan rips off
          her dress, showing her naked body. Kanestie contracts her
          fingers into a fist.

                              SULLIVAN
                    Now you look offended.

          Sullivan caresses her nipples. He sees her pregnant body.

                              SULLIVAN
                    Who's the father of that child?
                    That black slave, or a British
                    soldier?

          Kanestie hits Sullivan on his face. Sullivan recoils, his nose
          bleeding.

                              SULLIVAN
                    How dare you? Do you know who I am?

          Sullivan slaps her.

          Kanestie runs and picks up the knife. A shot is heard.
 
          Kanestie kneels down breathing heavily on the ground, with a wound
          in her chest.

          Clinton comes out from the shadows.

                              SULLIVAN
                    She broke my nose!

          Clinton bayonets Kanestie.

                              SULLIVAN
                    I want this town raised to the
                    ground. Now!

          Clinton exits.

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          EXT. CHONOBOTE. DAY.

          Cannons are moved forward by CONTINENTAL SOLDIERS.

          Sullivan and Clinton arrive to a field of one hundred fifty peach-trees
          at Chonobote. One hundred sick SENECA WOMEN and one hundred
          sick SENECA CHILDREN look at them in awe--they are bony and
          poorly dressed.

          An army of ten thousand CONTINENTAL SOLDIERS follow him.

                              SULLIVAN
                    This appears to be greatest
                    peach-tree plantation in the world.

                              CLINTON
                    They left their women and children.

                              SULLIVAN
                    Only those close to death.

                              CLINTON
                    Do they expect us to pity them?
 
                              SULLIVAN
                         (to CONTINENTAL OFFICER 8)
                    All trees must be cut down and
                    burnt.

                              CONTINENTAL OFFICER 8
                    Yes, Sir.

                              SULLIVAN
                    And no Indian should survive.

          C. Officer raises his sword.

                              CONTINENTAL OFFICER 8
                         (to the soldiers)
                    Kill them all!

          The soldiers scream and advance.

          He directs his horse against the nearest woman, cutting

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          EXT. SHORES OF THE CHEMUNG RIVER. DAY.

          Drums are heard. Sayenqueraghta, Theyandanaga, Butler and Gaiantwake
          look from the top a a hill, besides the Chemung River, five
          hundred LOYALIST SOLDIERS and two thousand Hotinoshoni
          WARRIORS, who stand in formation of attack.

                              TITLE CARD
                    Battle of Newton, August, 1779

          On the opposite side, ten thousand Hotinoshoni, mainly women and children,
          look at them.

          Before them four thousand CONTINENTAL SOLDIERS stand.
 
                              BUTLER
                    They outnumber us. You should have
                    followed my advise to avoid a
                    direct confrontation with
                    Sullivan's army.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    They have destroyed forty of our
                    towns.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    What are they waiting for?

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    Should we attack them, father
                    Sayenqueraghta?

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    Let them fear us.

          All of a sudden a trumpet is heard. Sayenqueraghta, Theyandanaga,
          Butler and Gaiantwake turn around and face a second army of
          two thousand CONTINENTAL SOLDIERS who attack them by their
          flank.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    We've been outmaneuvered!

          Sayenqueraghta's face expresses fear. He is unable to utter
          a word.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    My regiment will attack them! You
                    all take care of the main body.

          The soldiers move into two fronts. Screams, shots and clashing
          of bayonets are heard.

          Onakwa shoots at CONTINENTAL SOLDIER 42 who fells. He drops his
          bayonet, takes out his tomahawk and jumps over Phelps, who
          avoids its impact with his bayonet.

          They both fell on the ground.
 
          Sayenqueraghta sees a boat with ten CONTINENTAL SOLDIERS,
          who sail towards the other shore.

          The Hotinoshoni scream and run away.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    They want to murder our women and
                    children!

          A cry raises amongst the warriors. They abandon their fight and
          run towards the river.

          Onakwa raises his head and runs away. Phelps looks at the scene
          in disbelief.

          The C. Soldiers pursue their enemies, killing many.

          Sayenqueraghta throws himself into the water. Hundreds of warriors
          follow him.

          They approach the boat. The C. Soldiers shoot at them from the
          boat. Ten I. Warriors die, tainting the water with blood.
          but at the end

          Many other I. warriors go on. Sayenqueraghta reaches the
          edge of the boat. Overwhelmed by its number, the C. Soldiers
          jump into the water.

          Cannons are heard. Ten C. Warriors die by the impact of

          Sayenqueraghta sees the loyalists surrendering their arms
          and raising their hands.

          Butler raises his arms. Sullivan approaches him and shoots him
          on his face.

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          EXT. ONAQUAGA CITY. DAY.

          Under flakes of snow, Gaiantwake, Thayendanegea and Sayenqueraghta
          ride their horses, leading Onewkwa, Deganawida, Ganiodayo, Genesee,
          Orengowah and two thousand Hotinoshoni.

          They arrive to a town in ruins, where burnt posts remain as traces
          of well-built houses.

          Esther moves around as a ghost, covered by deers skins. She looks
          at them with a mad countenance.

          A vulture feeds on the frozen cadaver of a woman. Thayendanegea
          approaches her. The vulture flies away. He sees the frozen
          face of Kanestie.

          Hotinoshoni WOMAN 2 fells dead onto the snow.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                         (to the crowd)
                    We have much to forgive, and far
                    more to beseech.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    Tomorrow we march to Fort Niagara.
                    Tonight we'll have to camp in our
                    tents.

          The crowd moves in different directions.

          Sayenqueraghta approaches Gaiantwake.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    We cannot return. We are defeated.
                    We must surrender to the Continental
                    Army.

          Deganawida approaches Sayenqueraghta.

                              DEGANAWIDA
                    You must honor Thayendanegea's
                    decision, father Sayenqueraghta.
 
                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                         (with tears in his eyes)
                    I'm not a senil man, weary of
                    power, who abandons his lands to
                    his enemies. Diplomacy is our only
                    option.

          Gaiantwake makes a gesture and Hotinoshoni WARRIORS 12 and
          13 seize Sayenqueraghta.

                              ONEKWA
                    You are no longer our chief!

          Onekwa moves forward taking out his tomahawk. He is restrained
          by Orengowah, who aims at his head with a musket.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    Power has turned you into a coward,
                    father Sayenqueraghta.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    I appeal to the wise council...

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    The wise council does no longer
                    exist.

          Sayenqueraghta kneels down on the floor.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    I bet you, allow them to stay and
                    take my life.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                         (to Sayenqueraghta)
                    Is this man Old Smoke, the scourge
                    of the French and the Cherokee?

          Sayenqueraghta attempts to get free, but he is held back by I.
          Warriors 12 and 13, who put him down, his cheek against the
          ground.
 
                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    You are condemn to wander as a mad
                    man in the wilderness, out of our
                    sight. If we see you again nearby,
                    you will be tomahawked.

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          EXT. ONAQUAGA CITY. DAY.

          Several fires lit the destroyed city. There are tends
          hastily built with sticks and furs.

          Ten SENECA MEN dance around a fire, in front of
          Theyanderaga, Orengowah and Gaiantwake.

          Esther approaches them. She drinks from a bottle of rum.

          Theyanderaga bites a plump. He spits and tosses it out:
          there is a worn inside.

                              ORENGOWAH
                    Along nutritious fruits, poisonous
                    seeds are bred.

                              ESTHER
                    Sayenqueraghta is still very
                    respected by the warriors.

                              THEYANDERAGA
                    I won't harm him. A lesson of
                    humbleness is all he needs.

          Esther offers her bottle to Theyanderaga, who takes a sip.

                              ESTHER
                    He may die out there. He has lost
                    his wife, his power, his children,  and
                    your esteem and obedience.
                   

          Theyanderaga passes the bottle on to Gaiantwake.

          Gaiantwake declines the offer with a gesture.
 
          Theyanderaga returns to bottle to Esther.

                              ESTHER
                    No dead has been able to return my
                    son.

                              GAIANTWAKE
                    We all have lost our children,
                    Mother Esther.

                              ESTHER
                    That's why we must stick together.

          Esther stands up.

                              ESTHER
                    Now let's scale mountains with a
                    heavy head.

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          EXT. ROAD TO NIAGARA FORT. DAY.

          A strong wind and children cries are heard. Two thousand
          Hotinoshoni march over a field under a snow storm.

          Women and children ride horses guided by men.

          Gaiantwake and Thayendanegea walk ahead.

          SENECA WOMAN 3, carrying a baby, approaches Thayendanegea.

                              SENECA WOMAN 3
                    Can I have a horse, father
                    Thayendanegea?

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    Your child is death.

                              SENECA WOMAN 3
                         (screaming)
                    No, he is not!
 
          S. Woman 3 fells on the floor screaming. The cadaver of a BABY
          rolls over the snow.

          Thayendanegea leaves her behind.

          Genesee approaches her and consoles her with an embrace.

          Esther, riding a horse, looks around. She sees a figure that hides
          behind a tree.

          Esther smiles.

          Onekwa arrives riding his horse.

                              ONEKWA
                    A detachment of Continental
                    Soldiers is looking for us.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    We must cross the Susquehanna
                    river.

                              ONEKWA
                    It will take us one day more to
                    arrive there.

                              THAYENDANEGEA
                    It's our only chance of survival.

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          EXT. SHORES OF THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER. DAY.

          One-eye Sayenqueraghta arrives to the shore and sees the canoes
          sailing in the distance.

          He sees around two hundred cadavers of the Hotinoshoni. He hears a
          groan.

          He advances and faces Esther, who lies on the ground.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    Mother Esther. Why are you here?
 
                              ESTHER
                    I belong here.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    There is an army behind us.

                              ESTHER
                    I'd rather die before seeing our
                    women as whores at Niagara Fort.

          Sayenqueraghta embraces her against his chest. She dies.

          Sayenqueraghta sobs. Voices are heard.

          Sayenqueraghta turns around and faces Sullivan, carrying a musket
          and riding a horse, Phelps, Gorham and five CONTINENTAL
          SOLDIERS.

                              SULLIVAN
                    Who are you?

          Sayenqueraghta looks at him, his eye bleeding.

                              SAYENQUERAGHTA
                    I'm Sayenqueraghta, the last chief
                    of the Hotinoshoni

                              SULLIVAN
                    Say...

          Sullivan shoots him on his shoulder. Sayenqueraghta fells wounded
          on the snow.

          A thunder is heard. Grey clouds cover the sky.

                              PHELPS
                    They have escaped again, general
                    Sullivan.

                              SULLIVAN
                    Let's see what the British can do
                    with that hungry crowd.
 
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          EXT. SUSQUEHANNA RIVER. DAY

                                                        FADE IN:


          Thayendanegea crosses the Susquehanna river in a canoe.

                              TITLE CARD
                    Thayendanegea became one of the
                    most important Native-American leaders.
                    He prospered as a land holder and
                    died in 1807.

          Ganiodayo, seated nearby, looks at the waters.

                              TITLE CARD
                    Ganiodayo became the most
                    influential religious leader of the Hotinoshoni.
                    He wrote the Code of Handsome Lake,
                    a compendium of the Hotinoshoni culture.
                    He died in 1815.

          Gaiantwake looks at the horizon from another canoe.

                              TITLE CARD
                    Gaiantwake became the main
                    supporter of Ganiodayo's religious awakening.
                    He entrusted the education of his
                    children to the Quakers. In 1796 he
                    received a grant of 1,500 acres by
                    the State of Pennsylvania, a land
                    he shared with the Hotinoshoni. He
                    died in 1836.

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