Award-winning documentary on local teepee to premiere at casino

May 10, 2015 From staff reports

St. Stephen's Indian School will premiere its award-winning documentary, "Listening for a New Day: The Making of an Arapaho Buffalo Hide Tipi," Tuesday and Wednesday at the Wind River Hotel and Casino.

After each screening, there will be a question and answer session with the filmmakers and the film's subjects and participating students.

"St. Stephen's Indian School is the only school and the Northern Arapaho Tribe is the only tribe to make a buffalo hide teepee in the old way --with methods passed down from long ago," said Dara Weller, St. Stephen's Indian School Excel program director and co-writer and producer of the film. "This teepee is a replica of the mid-1800s Arapaho teepee housed at the Smithsonian (Institution)."

The buffalo hide teepee will be set up in the casino's entertainment room for people to tour.

Also on hand for the premiere will be the director of Moonstar Production, George Giglio, and director of photography Joe Collins, both of Boston.

"In addition, we will be setting up a memory room at the casino where our St. Stephen's Indian School student documentary filmmakers can video elders who want to share their memories and stories," Weller said. "These stories will be archived."

The documentary won the Oyate award for the group's contribution to Native American Cinema at the Red Nation Film Festival in Beverly Hills. At the Durango Film Festival they were awarded honorable mention.

"The reception in Beverly Hills and Durango were both overwhelming," Weller said. "Native American filmmakers were amazed at what our students and the tribal members are accomplishing."

She added that they had requests to team up with other filmmakers.

The first showing Tuesday also will include traditional ceremonies.

Screening times


9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

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