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The Bigger Picture: ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ and Texas’ own indigenous history

Houston Matters explores Martin Scorsese’s new film and learns about the Lipan Apache people of Texas


Still of four Osage characters in Killers of the Flower Moon
Paramount Pictures
JaNae Collins, Lily Gladstone, Cara Jade Myers and Jillian Dion portray Osage sisters in Killers of the Flower Moon


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Martin Scorsese tackles a particularly dark moment in U.S. history in his newest film Killers of the Flower Moon.

Based on the nonfiction book by David Grann, the film follows a murderous conspiracy against the Osage people in 1920s Oklahoma and the subsequent investigation by the early iteration of the FBI. At the center of this is the relationship between conspirator Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his Osage wife Mollie Burkhart (Lily Gladstone).

The history of the U.S. is full of conflicts between white settlers and the Native peoples who originally inhabited the land, with centuries of violence and oppression that predates the Osage Indian murders.

In this month’s edition of The Bigger Picture, where Houston Matters explores social and cultural topics in film, we learn about another Native American group, the Lipan Apache people of Texas, and how they look back on their own history.

In the audio above, Joshua Zinn talks with Charles Dove, Director of Rice Cinema and the Film Program at Rice University, and Lucille Contreras, member of the Lipan Apache Band of Texas and founder of the Texas Tribal Buffalo Project.

Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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