Ian Munsick is releasing a companion documentary to his White Buffalo album, White Buffalo: Voices Of The West, which premieres Dec. 6 during Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
The documentary expands on the album’s concept, with the white buffalo representing a sacred symbol for the Plains Tribes of Native America, its return signaling prosperity and rebirth. The documentary dives into conversations with Dougie Hall, Pro Buckin’ Horse producer and entrepreneur from the Blackfoot Tribe; Stephen Yellowtail, rancher, horse trainer and actor from the Crow Tribe; Sammy Jo Bird, cowgirl from the Blackfeet Nation; and Munsick that explore the modern-day relationship between cowboys, ranchers and Native American tribes, and how they often rely on each other to live off the land out west.
“Some of the best kept secrets are out there, thriving, where the prairie meets the mountains,” Munsick states. “I was lucky enough to be born and raised in the heart of cowboy country, mostly untouched by the outside world. It’s a culture where cowboys and Native Americans are one and the same. I’ve always wanted to use my platform to help shed light on what’s been hidden for decades, so naturally Voices Of The West was a great way to convey an important message, while artistically collaborating with people who rarely get the opportunity to have their voices heard.”
Following the premiere, Yellowstone actor and enrolled member of the Lakota Nations Mo Brings Plenty will moderate a panel discussion between Munsick, Hall, Yellowtail and Bird, alongside director/cinematographer from the Tohono O’odham Nation Cam Mackey and producer Caroline Munsick.
“For centuries, our horse nation relatives carried my ancestors on their backs and continue to in these modern times. It can be said they are responsible for our existence today,” says Brings Plenty. “American Indians, cowboys, ranching and rodeo are deeply rooted in this country’s history, culture and the enduring spirit of the American West, and through Ian’s lens, a historical story of growth, camaraderie, respect, humility and the importance of creating allies with communities other than our own—organically through our shared love of our four-legged relatives—will appear for audiences of all ages.”
Munsick’s headlining “The Buffalo Roams Tour” is currently underway, featuring a rotating lineup of special guests including Randall King, Triston Marez, Catie Offerman, Jake Worthington and Chancey Williams.
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