Contrary Warrior: The Life and Times of Adam Fortunate Eagle
Contrary Warrior recounts the life and work of Native American artist, activist, author and teacher, Adam Fortunate Eagle
“Adam Fortunate Eagle is a prominent Native American artist, author and activist who has helped shape the modern American Indian world. Born on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota, he attended the federal Indian boarding school at Pipestone Minnesota. In the 1950s he moved to California where he soon became a successful businessman, artist and leader of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Native American community.
Fortunate Eagle was the planner of the takeover of Alcatraz, an occupation that is a major event in the modern history of Native Americans...he was the main figure behind the scenes in formulating strategies and negotiating with federal officials sent by President Nixon.
Because of his achievements, Fortunate Eagle was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the State University of New York. He has also won regional, national and international recognition for his art, especially his work in pipestone."
Winner: Platinum Award, 2009 NevadaFilm Festival