Harold of Orange

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In Northern Minnesota, an intrepid little group, led by Harold Sinseer, is determined to reclaim their land from the white man.

 



Somewhere on a reservation Northern Minnesota, there’s a place called the “Harold of Orange Coffeehouse,” which is also the HQ of the Warriors of Orange, tribal tricksters trained in the art of “social acupuncture,” where “a little pressure fills the pocketbook.” This intrepid little group, led by Harold Sinseer (pronounced “sincere”), is determined to reclaim their land from the white man by “challenging his very foundation.” Literally. Having had “miraculous” success in cultivating miniature oranges in a secret reservation locale in the brisk Minnesota climate, the warriors don neckties over whatever else they happen to be wearing and head out to the nearest charitable foundation to obtain additional corporate funding. This time, it’s for a chain of “pinch-bean” coffeehouses on reservations around the world, that will, of course, lead to a “sober revolution.” Fortunately (for the warriors), the white foundation directors are enamored of Indians, and one of them happens to be an ex-girlfriend of Harold’s from their college days.

 

What follows includes a frybread giveaway, an urban tribal naming ceremony, a tour of the local university’s anthropology museum, and a softball game that defies description.  With a screenplay by Anishinabe writer Gerald Vizenor, original music by Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree) and Floyd Westerman (Lakota), and starring Charlie Hill (Oneida) as Harold, Harold of Orange is an issue-a-minute wild ride across Indian Country.

 

 


Director: Harold Vizenor

Format: DVD, color, 33 minutes. 

Availability: Available for home-use only, or with public performance rights.

Published: 1984

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Cheppewa