Crow Stories: Life on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation
Posted on 18 September 2017
Watch the trailer of Crow Stories
The story began when photographer Sean Kernan got an unexpected call: “Come spend a week on the Crow Reservation in Montana.”
He was off, and at some point on that trip he pushed a button labeled video on a new camera for the first time, just to see what would happen. What happened was a journey that went on for seven years.”
The first public screening in Montana of Crow Stories will take place at the Yellowstone Art Museum on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Kernan, whose work has been seen in books, exhibitions, and ads around the world, went back and back again to the ancestral lands of the Crow people in all weathers and seasons, listening to people and filming the life that he found there.
The result is Crow Stories, a unique immersion into the world of the tribe. Viewers join in hunting buffalo in the Bighorn Mountains, watch Sundancers rehearsing in a night meadow, and view the fierce battles of villages and clans playing the Handgame.
They follow a herd galloping across the high pastures while poet Henry Realbird sings his ode, “Rivers of Horse.” Kevin Dust relives the unexpected audition that took him to Paris and the Wild West Show at Disneyland there. Rising Crow rap star Supaman asks “Why are suicide on the rez so high?”
During seven years of filming, people unfolded their thoughts and lives. Kernan’s work was simply to listen and take it in. Kernan states, “I was given the enormous gift of a sojourn far out of my usual world. Now all I want is to pass this gift along to anyone who would like to travel there.”