The film “In the Spirit of ʔAtatíc̓eʔ: The Untold Story of the National Bison Range” shares the true story long told by Tribal elders but not widely shared until now. Audiences will learn how the unthinkable came to pass in the nineteenth century as buffalo, slaughtered to the edge of extinction, began to fade from the landscape until a Ql̓ispé (Kalispel, or Pend d ’Oreille) man named ʔAtatíc̓eʔ and his son helped the bison survive by bringing buffalo calves over the Continental Divide and starting a herd on the Flathead Indian Reservation. In the face of devastation, one man did what he could and made a world of difference for us all.


The film depicts the Salish, Ql̓ispé and Kootenai peoples’ ongoing struggles, against the backdrop of seismic disruptions to their communities and cultures, to prevail in their efforts to care for the buffalo. Using a cross-section of Tribal members to relate their history, the filmmaker Daniel Glick and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, through Roy Bigcrane, Shane Morigeau and Brian Upton, produced “In the Spirit of ʔAtatíc̓eʔ: The Untold Story of the National Bison Range” to unveil a narrative that continues to reverberate today.


The film will be having its premiere on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 in Pablo at the Johnny Arlee/Victor Charlo Theatre on the Salish Kootenai College.  There will be showings at 7:00pm and again at 8:30pm.  The film is approximately 30 minutes long.  The film will also show in Missoula at The Wilma on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 8:00pm (doors open at 7:00pm).


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