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Published on Jul 14, 2015
The Unhappy Hunting Ground , a 90-minute documentary (also available in a special 60 - minute version) on the Native American in Los Angeles. It is a very personal story told by Native Americans themselves. Without a narrator, the program is told by the voices and faces of Indians who are struggling against the slow erosion of identity, pride and dignity. First broadcast on February, 1971, on CBS in Los Angeles. Special one-hour version, December 1972. Winner of the Radio-Television News Association Golden Mike, best documentary of the year. One critic wrote: “An agonizing study of the plight of the contemporary American Indian is searching, sad and maddening – maddening because of what this program shows man can do to man.” The Hollywood Reporter: “Saltzman captured the complete disorientation of the Indian, his hesitancy to cope with even the Los Angeles bus system and his painful decision to blend into the white culture...a compelling program.” Variety: “Saltzman sought out L.A. haunts of unhappy Indians, examined their predicament and came up with a documentary of extraordinary quality. It is a stunning achievement.” Buffy Sainte - Marie, Native American composer – singer -activist: “The most moving document of what the Indian in the city goes through as I have ever seen.”