Directed by Kristian Berg and narrated by Peter, this documentary tells
the life story of the artist and career military officer Seth Eastman,
and brings insight to not only his paintings but to his native subjects.
For the first time we will showcase a comprehensive look of Eastman's
illustrations that span across America from Minnesota to Texas to
Florida. Dakota elders will bring to life the traditions illustrated by
Eastman and react to images of their ancestors' daily lives and cultural
practices. Eastman descendents and art historians discuss Eastman's
relationship with native peoples and what the paintings tell us about
Indian life during a time before white settlement.
The film won the Bronze Wrangler for Outstanding Documentary
presented at the Western Heritage Awards by the National Cowboy
Museum in Oklahoma City, OK, on April 20, 2002. Named on the award are
Executive Producer Fred de Sam
Lazaro, Writer/Producer Kristian Berg and narrator Peter Coyote.