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This animation is based on a speech argentine historian Osvaldo Bayer gave, which is also used as an introduction to the song (which is used in the video) "El vindicador" By Arbolito, a band which takes the name of "Arbolito" (little tree) who's a real person) as their name.
Bayer tells the story of how Nicasio Maciel (Arbolito) fought against Prussian colonel Rauch during the dessert campaigns.
Before watching, read so as to understand.
1) Arbolito= little tree.

2) Dessert campaigns: Campaigns which took place during the XIX century in Argentina in orther to exterminate the indians.

3) Boleadora: A weapon which consists on 2 or more rock balls conected by leather strips used to tackle animals.

4) The violet soldiers are not kids. They are adult Criollos. Ranqueles where THAT tall, and yes, there are records of spanish soldiers riding on Incas like horses until they died, so they rode over several once the previous one died. (and that's the least fucked up thing they did)
The tree, however, was my fault.

5) Thanks to kakapants
http://kakapants.newgroun ds.com/
For telling me to freeze clay if it got too hot.

and thanks to sonicsteel for giving serious and good feedback several times


Interesting story and the backing track is good but your animation is too shaky. You should try building your props out of something sturdier then clay so they don't move so much. For example, the table you used could easily be replaced by a small wooden structure that you glue to your base. This would prevent it moving around and also your fingerprints on it. Also, turn the frame rate up. It looks like you shot it on 3's maybe? Stop motion looks particularly poor if shot on anything less then 1's. Still nice to see someone rocking clay though! Keep going!

Thaiel responds:

Thankyou for the idea. Didn't think of sticking it to the floor.
I'm trying to find something better that clay. unfortunately, it seems there's none here in arg. I'll try to find hard child clay.
Apart from that. HOLY FUCK 1000 views from 290 in one day.

que bueno que hablo español por que esos subtitulos son imposibles de leer.

Qué de horrores ha la discriminación racial, lo peor es el deseo de exterminar a un pueblo para despojarlo de sus tierras y bienes. No quisiera decir que me alegra el final del prusiano, pero como dicen: el que a hierro mata, a a hierro muere.
Bien por Arbolito.


Thaiel responds:

That means a lot. I'll follow your advice. Thanks!

Great video, although very sad... love the part on how "western" and "christian" the general Rauch is... so true, sadly.

Thaiel responds:

Yep. It was really difficult because (i dont know if you know spanish) Bayer speaks in a weird way. Like too slow (i cutted up some parts)and sometimes he rushes.
The saddest part is that not only this is a true story, but what i showed was the least fucked up thing they did.
Argentina abolished slavery (only to sons of slaves born here) in 1812, but in 1872 i think, as Bayer (who dedicated his life on the history of anarchist and indians, and i had the honor to listen) told, they collected all the indians they captured and gifted them as servants.

I quote: "The mothers of the indians cried and screamed as the guards where taking their babies away. The few men that survived did nothing. They where exhausted, and hopeless [...]" A note in the newspaper back then said:
"Indians as servants for free for wealthy families. Women and kids as house keepers, men as field workers. "

Even worse, the killing didnt stop. Once a week there's an article today in the newspapers of Qom's getting killed.

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Jun 13, 2013
10:09 PM EDT
  • Daily 5th Place June 16, 2013