In December, we began a new project, in two parts. The first component is a website featuring artifacts created by the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribe. The second stage is a feature documentary we hope to make tentatively titled 'Wind River', a film that follows Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribal members living on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, as they attempt to recover what has vanished — while each finding the role they can play in helping their people thrive. Some of these artifacts have been inaccessible to tribal members for over two hundred years, but objects hold a special place for the tribes. For the virtual museum, we are very excited to be working with our friends at Wyoming PBS including Geoff O'Gara (who had the idea for the virtual museum website), Ruby Calvert, and Bob Connelly.
As we film for both the virtual museum and the feature documentary, we will interview tribal elders in an effort to preserve their wisdom, ultimately taking them and some tribal youth on an emotional journey to reclaim their history. Our hope is to show how deep wounds might be healed by reconnecting with sacred objects from the past. Look for dispatches from the field as the film develops.