"Allowing the land and people to speak for themselves, Crow Stories is one of the most touching and insightful documentaries you could hope to see about the diversity of experience in just one of the hundreds of Native American communities today."

                                 Robyn Patterson, Director, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT




The invitation came out of the blue. Come spend a week on the Crow Reservation in Montana. Wander around, make pictures, whatever you like.

That’s how the door opened, and for the next six years Sean Kernan went back and back to the ancestral lands of the Crow along the Little Bighorn River, in all weathers and seasons. Photographing turned to filming the land, the people, and the life that he found there.

Crow Stories is a unique documentary immersion in the world of the Crow Indians. The film is an overflowing of experience – of hunting buffalo in the Bighorn Mountains, of Sundancers rehearsing in a nighttime meadow, of the fierce intra-tribal battles of the Handgame.

Mervin White tells about the high place of the horse in the tribe’s culture, and we follow a herd as it gallops across the high pastures. Poet Henry Realbird sings of Rivers of Horse. Kevin Dust recalls the unexpected audition that led him to Paris and 20 years in the Wild West show at Disneyland there. Rising star rapper Superman offers his Prayer.

 And once again Custer comes to a bad end, as he does every year in the re-enactment on the land where the battle was fought.

There’s the poignant moment when Etting Little Owl sings a song just for the filmmaker... and his camera. And the last War Chief, Joe Medicine Crow, tells how to live a balanced life. Where else could we find such wisdom?

During six years of filming, people unfolded their thoughts and lives, and Kernan’s work was simply to listen. "I was given the enormous gift of a sojourn far out beyond my usual world. Now all I want is to pass this gift along to anyone who would like to travel there with me. And who wouldn’t.”




Radio interview, Tom Breen listen here.

Review by Ed Kemmenick in Last Best News: http://bit.ly/2hwwQr4

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