The Frontier will explore the legends, events and folklore of the American frontier which have embedded themselves into our culture so much so that the Old West, especially the Western genre of films, has become one of the defining periods of American national identity.
Hollywood movies would have us believe Cowboys and Indians frequently fought each other in the Wild West, that all Cowboys were white, that Native Americans were savage and violent without provocation and that all sheriffs were law-abiding citizens. The Frontier will expose the shocking reality behind these myths.
The Frontieris carefully crafted from a compelling mix of cinematic reconstructions, modern day interviews with leading experts (Joyce E. Chaplin, Dr. Manu Karuka, Clara Sue Kidwell & Harry Robinson Jr), accompanied by state-of-the-art cinematic graphics and maps, sound design and music.
Featuring characters from the Frontier WILD BILL HICOCK (James Butler Hickok), WYATT AND VIRGIL EARP (Virgil Walter Earp) and BUFFALO BILL – (William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody).
Narrated by Native American actor Dan Warrior (Yellowstone, Seven Cemeteries, Killers Of The Flower Moon).
EPISODE ONE: THE DISCOVERY OF A LAND
As the former British Colonies on the east coast became the United States of America, their sights were now set on what lay west. A ludicrously good land deal with France unlocks a vast wilderness seemingly open for the taking.
EPISODE TWO: ORIGINS
As the United States advances west, the true nature of the land is revealed. What appeared to be a boundless empty terrain was in fact a richly inhabited landscape of diverse indigenous peoples who were not about to surrender their lands without a fight.
EPISODE THREE: GONE TO TEXAS
Mexican-owned Texas offers land and freedom for those white settlers searching for a fresh start but the influx of 'Americans' would be the catalyst for the brutal Mexican-American war that would change the course of US history forever.
EPISODE FOUR: THE RUSH FOR GOLD
The newly acquired territory of California would prove invaluable as the chance discovery of gold unleashes the largest migration in US history and ignites a vicious debate on slavery, culminating in the American Civil War.
EPISODE FIVE: THE WILD WEST
A race of the railroads to join the east and west coast would begin a new chapter in US dominance and lead to the rise of the American icon: the cowboy.
EPISODE SIX: THE END OF THE FRONTIER
As the century draws to a close, the scars of systematic ethnic cleansing of native peoples along with US claims on land stretching the span of the entire continent, seemingly ends 'the frontier' chapter in American history.