The Sons of the Great Mother Bear
Grown up in former East Berlin
under Socialism or Soft Communism or Soft Dictatorship of Erich Honecker and the Genossen, however you want to call it, I had a very happy childhood, good parents, success at school, friends and a children-freedom of little forests, a lake for fishing, bicycling and secret smoking.
I had a huge affection towards North America, the Indians (Native Americans) and the Cowboys, I learned all the maps of Montana and Wyoming, of the Black Hills, of the history of the Pawnees and Crows and Siksikau.
We made our own bows, arrows, knifes, leather leggings, loinclothes, mocassins. I had a very professional book from West-Berlin, how to make it the traditional way. Once I shot an arrow in my brothers leg, and got some problems.
The good guys always wanted to be Tokai-itho or Tashunka-witko or Geronimo, thus the Redmen and never the Cowboys, they were the bad... ;-)
The frames for our dreams were the famous Western movies by the East German DEFA
Studios with the actor Gojko Mitic
starring in the main role as Osceola, Geronimo and other real historic Native Americans. For some reason these Western movies, made in former Socialist Countries are called at Wikipedia "Osterns" or "Easterns" see the link
The movies had been shot mostly in locations of Romania and Central Asia, particular Uzbekistan.
Gojko Mitic starred in 12 DEFA Western movies, all are great and probably more authentic than most of the related Hollywood productions, from wich our biggest favourite always was The Sons of the Great Mother Bear
This particular movie is based on the series of books and the screenplay The Sons of the Great Mother Bear
by Liselotte Welskopf-Henrich
My son Hansi is reaching the Indianer-age and I was so happy, when a Georgian friend came up with a DVD with all 12 movies in Russian Language on it. That was a dive back in my childhood, and even today I really really adore these excellent movies.
Read a short English description of the 12 DEFA-Westerns hereIf you got interested
and want to see it, find the movie The Sons of the Great Mother Bear
on DVD or together with 3 other Western movies from DEFA (additional: Apache, Tecumseh, Ulzana) on my Amazon aStore here
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