Monday, October 28, 2013
Redford Week: Jeremiah Johnson
At first, Johnson struggles in the wilderness to survive, his hunting skills are lacking and he resorts to trying to catch fish with his bare hands in a frigid creek. He's taken in by a local grizzly bear hunting mountain fella who teaches him the way of living off the rock. Soon, Johnson becomes a self described "great hunter", the "fine figure of a man" who makes "damn good biscuits". Along the way he runs into trouble with a pack of tribal nations people who end up slaughtering his wife and adopted child. With nothing left, Johnson becomes a famed killer of the tribe and lives on the move, always waiting for the next attack.
Apparently, Johnson is based on a real individual who after losing his family to braves from the Crow tribe, enlisted other mountain men and rival tribes to exact revenge over 25 years. Rumor is he would eat the liver of each man he killed as a sign of disrespect to his enemies beliefs. Respect.
The power of Yes: