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Arapaho Truths Produced by Boston based Moonstar Productions in collaboration with St. Stephens Indian School on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.

The Northern Arapaho Elders are facing a crisis, how to keep their culture alive in a modern world? In this film the Elders tell the students four traditional Arapaho stories; "How the Bear Lost his Tail," "The Sun, Moon and Wives," "The Arapaho Creation Story" and "Star Girl". The students uniquely illustrate each story, one using clay animation, another using shadow puppets, one is acted out by the students in a real world environment and the last has the students performing using their own drawings for the settings and props. Between each of these stories are short anecdotes and insights about native storytelling. The film also contains traditional Arapaho music as well as a score by Tim Janus. The objectives were to educate the students, through the process of filmmaking, about the history and content of the traditional stories, and to use the film as a vehicle for showcasing their work. This work was all done with the hope that, in a small way, this film might help to keep these wonderful, traditional stories alive.

  • Runtime
    29 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    USA
  • Premiere
    Montana Premiere
  • Director
    George Giglio