American Mystery Special Coyote Waits website [title on DVD label]

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Created: 2003


American Mystery Special Coyote Waits website [title on DVD label]
Summary: "American Mystery Special -'Coyote Waits'

"Coyote Waits has been read by millions of people, all over the world, eager for insights into Native American culture. PBS, understanding this appetite and fulfilling its commitment to true diversity on American television, has produced a television film of this favorite Tony Hillerman mystery. No other broadcast network would attempt it. Through the characters of Detective Joe Leaphorn and his sidekick Officer Jim Chee, both members of the Navajo Tribal Police, Coyote Waits takes a realistic, contemporary view of Indian culture, challenging mainstream America's [outdated] view of Indians. Leaphorn and Chee are modern policemen, but each struggles to reconcile his Indian heritage with the demands of modern life: Chee studies to be a medicine man and resists a lover's plea to leave the reservation; Leaphorn is haunted by the devastation caused by alcohol in his community and watches skeptically as his wife treats her cancer with healing ceremonies. In Coyote Waits, Leaphorn and Chee pursue a series of murders intricately caught up in the true history of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. But the real resolution of this story is the re-establishing of 'hozho'--the Navajo term for harmony--so disastrously disrupted when there is a murder in the tribe. Shot entirely on location in New Mexico, with a primarily Native American cast, this sensitive look at one of North America's oldest cultures brings to a wide audience an integral part of American life that has long been neglected and distorted by the television and film industries."--2003 Peabody Awards entry form.

This is the series Website, submitted as a supplement to the entry.

Corporate Producers: Granada Television | Wildwood Enterprises | WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.)

Persons Appearing: Adam Beach (Cast) | Wes Studi (Cast) | Keith Carradine (Cast)

Broadcast Date: 2003