Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Ghost Riders Video annual Big Foot Memorial Ride

Independant Film: Pine Ridge Oglala
The Ghost Riders -

Ghost Riders, a documentary on the annual Big Foot Memorial Ride commemorating the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee, is directed by V. Blackhawk Aamodt and narrated by Benjamin Bratt.

The memorial ride began in 1986 when Birgil Kills Straight and four other Lakota riders decided to follow the December 1890 trek across South Dakota taken by Minneconju leader Big Foot and his followers.

They fled the Standing Rock Reservation when Sitting Bull was arrested and killed and had hoped to spend the winter in safety with the Oglala in the Badlands. They were intercepted by the Seventh Cavalry outside Wounded Knee, and an estimated 300 were massacred.of Alcatraz Island to the current international stage of politics and performance, Heather Rae's provocative and poignant film reveals the essence of a true American original.

This film debuted at the 29th American Indian Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival.

The annual Big Foot Memorial Ride that honors the more than 300 Lakota Sioux Indians massacred by the 7th Cavalry at the 1890 Battle of Wounded Knee. The ride is organized by Lakota youth in the Pine Ridge reservation—where the suicide, alcoholism and unemployment rates scarily outpace national averages.

The film captures the spirit of the ride which retraces the 300-mile route taken by Chief Big Foot from Bullhead in South Dakota, down to Wounded Knee Creek where the massacre occurred. It is a journey that symbolically mends the Sacred Hoop and imparts a brutal but spiritually fulfilling prophecy. The ride—which began in 1986—takes place for two weeks in frigid December.

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