The Mystic Warrior
This five-hour saga about a proud band of Sioux Indians, and the efforts of one brave (Robert Beltran) to save his people from destruction through the use of mysterious powers handed down by ancestors, was the end result of a controversial programming venture that was envisioned nearly five years earlier as a ten-hour miniseries adaptation of Ruth Beebe Hill's best-selling "Hanta Yo." Later, questions about the authenticity of the book and about its author, who is Caucasian, prompted various Indian factions to pressure the producers and then the network for substantial changes in the film's concept (and possibly a complete scrapping of the project). Executive producers Wolper and Margulies, who had done "Roots," persevered with this scaled-down version, cast primarily with relatively unfamiliar TV faces -- many of them Indian. Emmy Award nominations went to Gerald Fried for his music score (part 1) and to the costume designers, makeup artists and hairstylist.