- "Wonderful. We are now part of the tribe."
Characteristics[edit | edit source]
The village was built within the evergreen trees of Endor and fifteen meters above the ground, where nest-like bunches of thatched huts housing nearly 200 Ewoks clung to evergreen trees. The village center included communal meeting areas, along with homes for tribal elders and Chief Chirpa's family, including the Council of Elders. Large huts for extended families huddled along the outer edges of the village. The village was connected through a series of rope ladders, bridges, vines, and catwalks. Despite the vast majority of villagers inhabiting the upper forest canopy, bachelors maintained small huts below the village proper, where they kept watch for even greater dangers.
The village's upper canopy was utilized by watchers to alert the village of marauding gorax and condor dragons, and was illuminated by fires and torchlights during the night. The bark of the conifer trees surrounding Bright Tree village was not only fire resistant, but made for a good insect repellent. Their boughs were used to make excellent spears, bows, slingshots, glider frames, and catapult arms. Gliders could also be launched from the canopy to patrol the lands and valleys beyond the immediate confines of the settlement. Following traditional Ewok houses, huts in Bright Tree Village were warm and cozy inside. A cooking fire was located at the center, where meat would be roasted on a spit and soups boiled in clay pots. Storerooms of food and kindling were layered under the floor, while sleeping mats and furs were stacked in the lofts above. Wooden stools and baskets often littered the area, and Ewok hoods, capes, and tools hung on the walls.
Despite spending much of their time in the trees, inhabitants of Bright Tree Village had to descend to the forest floor to forage for berries, gather herbs, and hunt. Some Ewoks such as the Warrick family maintained huts and lodges on the ground.
History[edit | edit source]
- "Princess Leia wassi waba Artoo…"
- ―C-3PO explains the Rebel Alliance's plight against the Galactic Empire.
Sometime before the Battle of Endor, the Ewok Romba became a refugee following the destruction of his own village to make way for a shield generator complex utilized by the Galactic Empire for the construction of the second Death Star. He was eventually accepted into Bright Tree village by Chief Chirpa, who would rule Bright Tree Village for 42 seasons by the time of the battle.
In the lead up to the Battle of Endor, the Ewoks captured Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 near the village after Chewbacca tried to eat a dead verkle used as hunting bait. Lone Ewok Wicket W. Warrick also befriended Princess Leia Organa, who had gotten separated from the main group, and was brought back to the village on friendly terms. The other group of Rebels were taken captive within the village and were nearly roasted alive for a feast, but C-3PO—who the Ewoks believed to be a deity—convinced the Ewoks to free them after Luke utilized the Force to lift Threepio off the ground, scaring many Ewoks into submission.
Telling the story of the Alliance's battles against the Galactic Empire, Threepio would eventually secure the group's admission as members of the tribe after a debate between Chirpa, the shaman Logray, and his two best hunters, Teebo and Asha Fahn. In the middle of the night and unbeknownst to the rebels, the Ewoks held a council of war in the village, where Chirpa recalled the tribe members killed and villages burned by the Empire, convincing the village to take up arms against the Empire, as did one of his best hunters, Asha, whereas Romba argued the upcoming struggle included all Ewok tribes. Chirpa soon sent messengers to the other tribes to ask for their help.
The Ewoks later joined the fight against the Galactic Empire. Shortly after the battle was won, a pair of surviving Imperial TIE Fighters attempted to attack the village, but were intercepted and shot down by the Ghost. That night, the village hosted the festivities celebrating the death of Emperor Sheev Palpatine and the defeat of the Empire.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Galactic Defense
- Forces of Destiny: The Leia Chronicles
- Forces of Destiny: The Leia Chronicles & The Rey Chronicles
- Star Wars Battlefront
- Lost Stars webcomic
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi (First appearance)
- Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!
- Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side! audiobook
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi junior novelization
- Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Read-Along Storybook and CD
- Ewoks Join the Fight
- Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – "Ewok Escape"
- Shattered Empire 1
- Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – "Chopper and Friends" (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition (Indirect mention only)
Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars Epic Yarns: Return of the Jedi
- Disney Infinity 3.0
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Return of the Return of the Jedi"
- LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Episodes I-III
- LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
Sources[edit | edit source]
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader's Castle 4
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!
- Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – "Chopper and Friends"
- Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker