Insignia Films Storytelling that Sheds Light on the Human Condition

Kit Carson
To some, Christopher “Kit” Carson was one of America’s greatest heroes: a brave and loyal guide who laid out a path for the westward-moving nation, an Indian tracker who could follow any trail, the fearless warrior featured in dozens of best-selling novels. To others, he was a villain who waged a merciless crusade against Native Americans. In the end, his contradictions would define his legacy — and tell the true story of how the West was won. Kit Carson, Insignia Films’ ninety-minute documentary for the PBS series American Experience draws upon rich archival materials, original recreations, and interviews with authors Hampton Sides and Sally Denton, Western historian Paul Hutton, Navajo historian Harry Walters, and more, to reveal the many facets of a complex and controversial figure who became a legend in his own lifetime.

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