Last of the Dogmen (1995) is a fictional film about the search and discovery of an unknown band of dog soldiers a tribe of native Cheyenne people who escaped the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 and survived more than hundred years secluded in the wilderness of Montana.
Named after a Cheyenne legend in which dogs turned into fierce fighters, Dog Soldiers wore large plumes with bird bone whistles around their necks. The most elite dog soldiers wore “dog ropes”, buffalo skin sashes decorated with porcupine quills, feathers and beads.
The Dog Soldiers, a military company composed of Southern Cheyenne, Northern Cheyenne, and Lakotas, played a dominant role in Cheyenne resistance to American expansion into traditional Cheyenne territory, which includes Colorado.
The film was shot on location in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada, and Mexico.
The Cheyenne are an Algonquian-speaking tribe closely allied to the Arapaho and Gros Ventre and loosely allied to the Lakota Sioux. One of the best-known Plains tribes, they lived and hunted primarily on the hills and prairies along the Missouri and Red Rivers.
Today, the Cheyenne are divided into two federally recognized nations: the Southern Cheyenne, belonging to the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma, and the Northern Cheyenne, belonging to the Northern Cheyenne tribe of Oklahoma North Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana.
After the introduction of the horse (circa 1760) they eventually became nomadic buffalo hunters. The tribe split (circa 1830) when a large group decided to settle on the upper Arkansas River and take advantage of the trading opportunities offered by Bent’s Fort.
16. October 1804
You see the Indians killing pronghorns and the Indians enjoy themselves most of the night.
Contraly Warriors Society (Hohnóhkao’o), also known as the Inverted Bow-string Society. Its members, the Contrary Warriors, have proven their bravery by riding backwards into battle. Contrary Society (sing. Hohnohka, pl. Hohnóhkao’o), also known as Clown Society.
Definition of dogman
1 : kennel. 2 : a dog lover or specialist the best dogman among our local vets.
Only a few keys remain unpressed. This is the story of a handsome and strong man (Berenger’s Lewis Gates), a beautiful – and strong – woman (Hershey’s Lillian Sloan), and a loyal dog (Zip) who discover the lost survivors of that 130-year-old massacre. These are the Cheyenne Dog soldiers or “dogmen” and their families.
The Last Dogma (Book, 1995) [WorldCat.org]
The name Cheyenne is primarily a gender-neutral name of Native American origin, meaning people of another language. From the Lakota word šahiyena, meaning “red speakers” and referring to a Great Plains Indian tribe who spoke a language other than their own.
The Northern Cheyenne Nation is located in what is now southeastern Montana and is approximately 444,000 acres in size. The Northern Cheyenne Nation has approximately 11,266 registered tribal members, approximately 5,000 of whom reside on their lands in Montana.
The Cheyenne were the most centralized and organized Native Americans of the Plains. The Sioux and Cheyenne were also at war with their longtime enemies, the Crow and Shoshone, draining them of many of their resources.