A morion is a type of old Spanish helmet that was used in the 16th and early 17th centuries and hailed from the Kingdom of Castille. In the film, the chief presents one of these helmets to Dunbar.
Since its inception, variations of the helmets have been used by warriors all over the world, including in England, where one of the first pro militaries, the New Model Army, used them. They’re usually made up of iron or brass and decorated with designs made of silver and feature a wide visor and high crest.
Walking with Lunchmeat
After bathing in the river one day, Dunbar returns only to find Kicking Bird, played by Graham Greene, trying to steal his horse. He chases him away, but the two come back into contact with one another later on, and Kicking Bird ends up sparing him from being attacked by the Sioux.
Throughout the film, Kicking Bird is shown with back problems, which producers made come alive by sticking bologna in Greene’s shoes with him.
Cody the Buffalo
Out of the 3,500 bison on set, there were a few that had been domesticated, which had the starring roles among the animals, named Cody and Mammoth. Cody had been discovered at the Minnesota State Fair, and an agent noted his calm and collected demeanor. It was there that he developed his love for Oreo cookies, which came into play during his big break in the film.
Cody absolutely loved Oreos, so they used them to get him to come towards them when they needed him to move. Cody also starred in another film, "Radio Flyer," and several commercials.
After the film, Kevin Costner was honored by American Indians for his work on the film. But in 1995, he started talking about developing a large casino and resort on National Forest land belonging to the Indians in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
The land, which the Indians held as sacred, was in danger of being developed into another money-grubbing, soulless tourist trap. The proposed project, which he wanted to call the Dunbar Casino Resort, wound up being tossed out the window, and he instead sold the land.
Spending to Earn
When Costner and his partner, Jim Wilson, struggled to raise the entire budget they were seeking for the film, he decided to put some of his own money into it. When we say some, we’re talking about a few million – a major investment.
But it was all worth it in the end, just like he hoped it would be, and even though the production exceeded its budget by a long shot, they made so much that everyone was thrilled with the way things had turned out. Costner alone brought home more than $40 million.