Movie Night: "Way of the Warrior"

12/7/2019 | Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park | Miami, MO

Exploring the warrior ethic among Native Americans, this documentary reveals the ways in which Native American communities have traditionally viewed their warriors and why, during the 20th century, Native American men and women have signed up for military service at a rate three times higher than non-indigenous Americans. “Way of the Warrior” also examines the visceral nature of war and the bravery of Native American veterans who served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War – and came to grips with the difficult post-war personal and societal conditions.


This program honors the endurance and sacrifice of individuals such as Mitchell Red Cloud (Ho-Chunk), a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient; Ira Hayes (Pima), one of the flag raisers on Iwo Jima; Phil Coon (Creek), a Bataan Death March survivor; and John Yahola (Creek), a member of the Red Stick Warrior Society. Their stories are analyzed through the prism of what it means to be "ogichidaa," one who protects and follows the way of the warrior.


The film will be shown at Missouri’s American Indian Cultural Center and will last approximately 57 minutes. Refreshments will be available for purchase.


This event will run concurrently with our traveling exhibit “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces.” “Patriot Nations” was produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and was made possible by the generous support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. For more information, visit


Click here to read the news release for the "Patriot Nations" exhibition.


Event Time: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
32146 N. Hwy. 122, Miami, MO | (660) 886-7537

Associated activities

  • Interpretive Programs