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Iichiilish Daik: Going to the Horses

Iichiilish Daik: Going to the Horses is a documentary about Charlie Real Bird, an elder within Montana’s Crow Indian tribe and a breeder and trainer of American Paint race horses.  Poetic and poignant and savvy to the complexities of Native American culture and history, the film lingers intimately on the ceremonies the Crow hold to honor their special relationship with the horse. It also considers the long journey that filmmaker Robin Starbuck made as she became, over six years of visiting the Crow, an adopted daughter of the Real Bird family.  Starbuck teaches filmmaking at Sarah Lawrence College and will be in attendance for this world premier of Iichiilish Daik, which soon play at film festivals in New York, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Watch a trailer of the film here. Following the film, Paul Pouliot, the chief of the Alton, NH-based Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook-Abenaki People will join Starbuck in leading a discussion.