Kalani Queypo (Squanto), right, teaching pilgrims how to plant crops in a scene from “Saints & Strangers.”
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With its political infighting, tip-of-the-arrow diplomacy and climactic decapitation scene, the National Geographic Channel's film "Saints & Strangers" is the "Game of Thrones" version of the first Thanksgiving. The four-hour movie will premiere Sunday and Monday on National Geographic, following a rush to finish in time for the holiday. Judging from accounts from the time, the elementary-school textbook tales of pilgrims and Native Americans holding hands over a harvest are too simplistic. National Geographic pressed for historical accuracy, even hiring an expert to teach actors the Abenaki language used in the film.Scharbo said his 10- and 6-year-old children can see most of "Saints & Strangers," but certainly not the decapitation scene.The preemptive attack led to a 50-year stretch of peace between the settlers and Native Americans.
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