Watch the Trailer for New Documentary Set on Wind River Reservation

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown August 16th, 2015 Last Updated on: August 16th, 2015


A friend just posted about this film and it looks great!

Wind River is a documentary piece from Mat Hames, an award-winning filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. In this latest film, he travels to the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming to explore the spiritual connection between ancient tribal artifacts and modern Native American tribe members.


Philbert McCleod, an elder of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, has lived on the isolated Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming all his life. He left only once, to fight in Vietnam, where he nearly died in three terrifying helicopter crashes. What helped him survive? Philbert believes an old beaded charm passed down to him by an elder saved his life. He had much taken from him by the war, but the charm has grounded him for more than 40 years. Artifacts like it have largely disappeared as the reservation, like Philbert, has endured a legacy of devastation dating back to Wind River’s inception.

When a movement starts up on Wind River to reclaim what's been lost, Philbert is swept along. Reluctant at first, the experience unleashes not the bad spirits he feared but a reconnection with his past that makes him stronger. He and other elders want youth like high school student Mikala and young journalist Jordan, both members of the Northern Arapaho tribe who also call Wind River home, to know who they are and to be inspired to bring home the artifacts which were taken away long ago. With Mikala and Jordan, Philbert journeys off the reservation for the first time since 1967 to explore Wind River's artifacts and learn how they vanished in the first place.

Weaving past and present, reality and myth, Wind River captures the sparks of an awakening as the youth search for ways to recover what's been lost.

Wind River — Trailer 1 HDIn “Wind River,” a Shoshone elder, a teen powwow princess, and an Arapaho journalist seek lost artifacts removed from their home, and discover their role in carrying on traditional ways. Follow us at Wind River Film.

Posted by Wind River Film on Monday, August 10, 2015

Production for the film just wrapped up in July and the filmmakers hope to be screening their work in film festivals soon. Be on the lookout for Wind River on PBS sometime in 2016! For more information you can follow their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/windriverfilm

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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