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Published on Oct 24, 2012
Soldiers and veterans in south-west England find parallels between their military experiences and Warriors of the Plains, a British Museum exhibition about Native American warrior societies. They explain the connections, in interviews and their own art. Once a Warrior is a Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Gallery (RAMM) partnership with Aftermath PTSD, a group offering arts involvement to people suffering combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder. Warriors of the Plains, at RAMM until 13 January 2013, examines ritual and honour in Plain Indian warrior life from the 19th century to the present. It also looks at the warrior legacy, which continues to be crucial in maintaining tribal identities, ad challenges popular stereotypes. RAMM will be publishing comments left by the public at the exhibition, where this video is on display. RAMM is keen to explore the perspectives of people whose life experiences give them particular insights. South-west England is home to many armed forces personnel and veterans whose reflections may help people better understand warrior cultures near and far. You can also see a film inspired by Once a Warrior by searching on YouTube for Brian Powers and I Am Not a God. Once a Warrior is funded by Arts Council England.