Upcoming Sundance Series Based on Ramapough Tribe

This time around, report says filmmakers reached out to members of the tribe before the production's release.

A few months after a movie allegedly based on the Ramapough Lenape tribe sparked outrage in the Mahwah community, a Sundance series based on the tribe is set to hit televisions throughout the township.

However, reports say this project may be in for a warmer reception from the Ramapough tribe, thanks to collaboration before its release.

Sundance describes its series, The Red Road, as a “dramatic thriller” about, “a local sheriff struggling to keep his family together while simultaneously policing two clashing communities: the small town where he grew up, just outside of New York City, and the neighboring mountains – home of a federally unrecognized Native American tribe.”

According to a NorthJersey.com report, creators of The Red Road consulted with a member of the tribe, Autumn Wind Scott of Toms River, during production. Scott told NorthJersey.com that the series looks at “contemporary native culture,” and even includes a minor storyline about the pollution caused by Ford paint sludge dumping on Ramapough land.

According to the report, previews for the series are being met with mixed reviews from the Ramapough community, with some members saying they found it offensive, and many saying they will wait to se the series until they pass judgment. It is set to premiere on the Sundance Channel on Feb. 27 at 9 p.m.

In December, Ramapough and township officials held a press conference expressing their concern over the film Out of the Furnace, which they said was also based on the tribe, but without any consultation or prior notice. Film reps have said it is not based on any group of people in particular, however a group of tribal members have sued the film’s producers, saying the movie presents them in a false light. 

Ramapough Indian Concerned February 16, 2014 at 06:50 PM
Their was an Enormous" outcry" Before the 'Out of the Furnace " movie came out due to the NY times Characterizations of Ramapoughs and subsequently the depictions of Ramapough in the movie, The movie was called a hate crime by the current Chief, Public comments made by his administration prior to the movie airing said it led to Ramapough children being bullied in Mahwah schools and a lawsuit followed. The Administration knew about The Red Road characterizations prior to the NY times article and the showing of Out of the Furnace. The Red Road series calls Ramapoughs descendants of Whores and Slaves, Jackson Whites a derogatory slur, Drug dealers and Drug czars, and many other derogatory characterizations yet the only comment by the Chief and his cohorts is "I'll have to wait and see the movie" Really! Then what? I feel the Red Road trailer is offensive, The Red Road plot is offensive! Why is this Administration not publically showing their Outrage about Ramapoughs depicted in the Red Road series.
Ramapough Indian Concerned February 22, 2014 at 12:19 PM
Correction: It was the New York Post who posted comments NOT the New York Times..


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