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Adventures in Rainbow Country

Season 1 Episode 7

Long Tough Race

Aired Unknown Unknown on CBC
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Long Tough Race

A young doctor tries to help a runner's sister who is dying.

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  • A aboriginal youth and a white doctor are at odds over the treatment of the youth's sister's medical treatment.

    In one of the more thought provoking episodes of "Adventures in Rainbow Country", "Long, Hard Race" challenges the viewer to confront the paternalistic treatment of Canada's Aboriginal peoples at the hands of the white population while, at the same time, showing that white ideas/technology, in this case medical technology/care, can co-exist with traditional native therapies/traditions. Far from being the typical treatment of the relationship between white and native, "Long, Tough Race" seeks to portray the relationship between the two in a more even handed way that ends with both groups seeing the value of the other's ideas. The case for the new world is put forth my Dr. Rhoades (Margot Kidder) while the traditional aboriginal view is represented by John Onoman (Duke Redbird). The conflict between the two revolves around the medical treatment of John's seriously ill sister. At the end of the day Dr. Rhoades is forced to confront her attitudes towards aboriginal culture while John Onoman comes to the conclusion that Dr. Rhoades' way (in terms of medical treatment and medical knowledge) is really the best course for his deathly ill sister. "Long, Tough Race" is a fine example of what "Adventures in Rainbow Country" could have become had it lasted more then the one season it did.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This is one of two "Adventures in Rainbow Country" episodes in which Canadian actor Margot Kidder appears. Years later she will, of course, be better known as the big screen version of Lois Lane in the Superman movies.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Duke Redbird who plays the runner is the same Duke appearing now on CityTV and running a native peoples' nightspot in the downtown theater district near the NFB. He was a painter and a well-respected poet in the late 1960s.