‘Nativo’ fuses fantasy with historical events
An epic world exists in the mind of Oliver Galvan-De la Cruz.
Screenwriter Oliver Galvan-De la Cruz with his script “Nativo.” (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)
It’s a world that is drawing comparisons such as “the Pueblo Revolt meets Games of Thrones.”
And Galvan-De la Cruz will take the praise.
The New Mexican is gaining buzz with his 70-page book “Nativo,” and hopes to make the jump to TV.
He worked with Santa Fe-based filmmaker Jaima Chevalier and illustrator Israel Francisco Haros Lopez on the book, which is written as a pilot episode.
“I’m envisioning this as an eight-season series,” he says. “The world is complex and tells a very human story.”
In fact, Chevalier and Galvan-De la Cruz have pitched it to producers in California.
The log line of the series is: “Multiple tribes of indigenous people battle parasitic colonizers allied with supernatural creatures in an epic story spanning multiple continents and spanning five centuries of time.”
Work on the pilot episode ? “The Birth of a Butterfly” ? took about two months to complete, though the story rests in Galvan-De la Cruz’s head.
The story is based on the violent history of Spanish conquest of the indigenous people of Mexico and the Southwest.
It delves into Hernan Cortes’ conquest of the Aztec empire in Mexico during the 1500s and Don Diego de Vargas’ conquest of the pueblo people in New Mexico.
And then it heads into the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, in which indigenous people united to drive out the Spanish conquerors.
Of course, there’s a supernatural element to the story.
“When we wrote this, I fell in love with the main character, Butterfly,” he says. “Her journey of trying to survive with this Spanish colony. Her pueblo is conquered by the Spanish, her parents die and she is left with her little sister, Chief Eagle. Butterfly is married to Spanish man and leaves her sister behind when she leaves the colony.”
Galvan-De la Cruz says Butterfly knows her sister is destined for greatness and must keep her alive.
“Chief Eagle is is supernatural,” he says. “She is a guardian of the Earth and is given powers by special turquoise. She’s destined to be a tribe leader that protects her people.”
When it came to writing, Galvan-De la Cruz looked at the entire project simply.
“I wanted this to be about the human story,” he says. “I imagined myself living in these situations and felt what they were feeling. I immersed myself into each page.”
The book is available on Amazon, and he and Chevalier continue to pitch to producers.
“I think that this story is such a New Mexico story, it should be told by us,” Chevalier says. “We feel strongly that this story needs to well up from here. We’re closest to the well.”
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