Documenting 7 Native and European American riders on rescued mustangs, retracing the 1,400 mile trail of the historical Cheyenne Exodus Read more
This project was successfully funded on May 29, 2012.
Web Episode Five
The physical journey of the riders retracing the flight of the Cheyenne from military bondage in Oklahoma toward their homelands in the Northern Plains became complete with their arrival at the Grandmothers’ Council on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Lame Deer, Montana. This 11th gathering of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers was the first to be held on actual tribal land, and the hundreds of participants that came from near and far, brought their tents and motorhomes and sleeping pads to partake of this event, on the land, in intimate connection with the events to unfold.
As is customary throughout indigenous tradition, much of the sacred ceremony was off-limits to audio and video recording. And with prayer as the central tenet of the gathering, it is difficult to present a webisode that expresses the true heart of this event. However, we offer a prayerful reflection of that sacred ceremony that manifested from the middle of four 100+ degree Summer days in the wildlands of Montana.