|The Brady Braves|
| Season 3, Episode # 3 |
Number (#52) in series (117 episodes)
|Guest star(s)||Jay Silverheels|
|Original airdate||1 October 1971|
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The Brady Braves is the third episode of Season 3 of The Brady Bunch, and the 52nd overall episode of the series. Written by Tam Spiva, and directed by Oscar Rudolph, it premiered 1 October 1971 on ABC-TV. It is part 3 of a three-part story arc, and filmed entirely on location at the Grand Canyon
Mike meets with the young Native American's old-school grandfather, who has decried the boy's dreams of becoming an astronaut, then the family goes to a rain dance and gets honorary tribe names.
Bobby and Cindy, scared as they are lost on the floor of the Grand Canyon, ultimately find and befriend Jimmy Pocaya, the Indian boy they were chasing when they got lost and who lives in the canyon with his family. Jimmy had run away, believing his grandfather Chief Eagle Cloud (Jay Silverheels) would scoff at his ambition to become an astronaut, but promises to help them get back to their camp, but in turn he asks them not to tell anyone they saw him. In addition, Bobby and Cindy also promise to bring him some food. After Bobby and Cindy return to the camp and their relieved family, they find that it isn't as easy to sneak away this second time around with their vigilant family watching over them. So the rest of the family do find out about Jimmy. Mike tries to understand why Jimmy is running away and provide sage adult advice to him, but only Jimmy can decide to take that advice or not. Mike convinces him to talk to his grandfather. Chief Eagle Cloud turns out to be proud of his grandson's ambition, and he invites the Bradys to participate in a ceremony making them honorary members of his tribe, and they each receive titles: Big Eagle of Large Nest/Mike, Yellow Flower with Many Petals/Carol, Stalking Wolf/Greg, Middle Buffalo and Sleeping Lizard/Peter, Wandering Blossom/Cindy, Little Bear Who Loses Way/Bobby, Dove of Morning Light/Jan, Willow Dancing in Wind/Marcia, Squaw in Waiting/Alice.