History

The story unfolds before our eyes…

While in Canada a few weeks ago, we came across many locations that seemed to rise directly from the Windcatcher screenplay. One day to the next turned the pages of our vision, as we moved from plains to rivers to snow-capped peaks. The story, the journey, literally unfolded before our eyes… it was thrilling to see!

ONWARD! We soar!

 


New Interview about the Windcatcher

WINDCATCHER INTERVIEW — It was my pleasure last week to sit down with Michelle Dunton, the creator of a wonderful YouTube channel she calls, “Writing Fun.” Michelle is a genuine person and I was very blessed by her warm character and welcoming nature.

The interview tells about the Windcatcher journey and how Spirit is so much a part of the Call, whether it’s Sacajawea’s life or ours.

 

 

 

I invite you to listen to the Windcatcher story. Please feel free to share the link with others. We continue to spread Sacajawea’s life and her message around the world.

CLICK TO HEAR THE INTERVIEW

Thank you, so very much.
Jane

Comments by Co-Producer, Rick Clark on LinkedIn —
Wow ! This was an amazing amazing interview Jane with Mrs Michelle Dunton👍⭐️ – even though I’ve heard the story many times it still brings tears to my eyes – it just confirms again why all of us have been drawn to this incredible story that will soon in my view become an epic movie that will impact the world right now where we are at in humanity. I’ve turned down movie after movie over 20 years but this is not a movie you sit down and eat your popcorn and go home but rather it enhances an important part of history that must be shared from Sacajawea’s eyes . I encourage everyone to listen to this amazing interview. Potential new Financial Investors and a Major Independent Studio have come forward and so I’m sharing this with all today !! Awesome job Jane ⭐️. When you’re getting that Oscar I think we all will be just a total crying mess of happy tears 🙏🌈

 


Let the magic begin in 2017!

 

2017 is going to be a spectacular year for Windcatcher The Movie, LLC. We have built a powerful team, a dynamic business plan, a realistic film budget and soon we will be launching an emotional and captivating teaser reel.

Our journey continues as we gear up for success this year. Please check out Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea on IMDB, and “Like” the project. Visit often and watch the magic unfold!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2837492/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 


A paradigm shift…

Jane L. Fitzpatrick — What powerful times we live in… It is my belief we are called to a great purpose in this Age. We see before us, unfolding, yes, right before our eyes — something many have prayed for, for generations.

We are all indigenous, and the voices of our ancestors call us to walk toward the light. The time is now. Even through chaos, hearts are opening — hearts are becoming aware. Through the darkness of our times, some are beginning to see… and we are here now to listen.

Standing Rock cast a brilliant light upon the path, which opened doors and stirred spirits. Many have walked boldly and heard the voice and embraced their calling to the very next step on this Holy journey… forgiveness and love.

Then, the Universe summoned a great chief who showed us the heart of a Chief. His answer was given in truth, both in words and actions. This great chief embraced the earth, indeed all people, through his prayer for peace.

We are on the brink of something spectacular, a paradigm shift that is set to change the world. Let us keep walking…


The Windcatcher speaks

sacajawea-painting-rick-clarkI want to thank my friend and co-producer of Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea, Rick Clark, for creating this incredibly meaningful, and insightful painting. When Rick first saw this original photo of me at this location, he told me he saw “something else,” indeed, he sensed a harsh and difficult part of Sacajawea’s story that holds the deepest point of her passion…

This is Three Forks, Montana, a place in the world that carries a Spiritual vibration that touches the heart of many, including the Shoshone people. It is where the Jefferson, Gallatin and Madison Rivers come together to form the headwaters of the mighty Missouri River, a river that flows for thousands of miles across the lands and through many Nations.

Many don’t realize the timeless energy and Spirit that moves here, and the deep connection it has to Sacajawea and her tribe. During the time of Sacajawea’s life her people were transient, following the buffalo and other food sources. One of their hunting grounds and villages was in this location, in and around Fort Rock…at the three forks.

In 1800, Sacajawea was about 12 years old. The men of the tribe had gone hunting as the women, children and elderly tended the camp and prepared ceremony… It was a very special time for this girl who had just become a woman.

But, with the men gone, the camp was vulnerable. And, on this very hallowed ground, the Shoshone villagers were attacked by Hidatsa warriors intent on capturing young women and children. It was here that the Windcatcher story began — the girl was awakened through her terror and her life was never to be the same.

Thus, began Sacajawea’s quest, the determination of her soul… As she and other children screamed, running down the river bank toward the cottonwoods — elders were killed in the camp and women wailed from the rocks, mourning their lost children. It was here that Sacajawea believed in her greater power, and destiny took a turn…

As we see in this painting, our young woman releases her winged messenger, sending it into the sky and through a timeless age. What Rick saw, and has strongly portrayed, is a beautiful depiction of that Spiritual world at work that draws us to this story and brings Sacajawea’s energy into our very lives. She has touched us — and we will carry her passion and message through.

Jane


Windcatcher welcomes Georgina Lightning

Georgina LightningPlease welcome Georgina Lightning to Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea as an Associate Producer, and she will play the role of Otter Woman, Charbonneau’s other wife. This character is an important part of Sacajawea’s story as Otter Woman was not only a mother-figure, but they were both wives of the same man. Otter Woman is suspicious of the white men and she grows to love Sacajawea dearly, as a daughter. Her deepest darkness is when the expedition heads out to the ocean — she must stay behind, realizing she may never see Sacajawea again.

Georgina Lightning IMDB BIO — Georgie brings a long track record of creative experience in the film industry as an actor, producer, director and acting coach on such projects as: Dreamkeepers, Backroads, Johnny Greyeyes, Christmas in the Clouds, Tecumseh, the Oath and Smoke Signals among countless others. Lightning has also guest starred in T.V. episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger and West Wing.

Lightning’s directorial debut Older Than America has won over 23 awards to date and is inspired by stories told to her by many of her family members and friends who attended the Indian Boarding schools. Most recently Lightning co-founded Tribal Alliance Productions, a production company committed to producing media that matters told from a native prospective. A long time advocate of Native Indian advancement in the film industry, Lightning also formed Native Media Network, a group dedicated to the promotion and advancement of Native Indian talent.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2837492/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

 

 


Gerald Auger joins Windcatcher as Chief Cameahwait

Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea is proud to welcome a powerful actor to its cast, Gerald Auger. Gerald will play the honorable and significant character of Cameahwait, Chief of the Shoshone People, and uncle (brother) of Sacag(j)awea.

1491670_10153958319594605_7801562927171539439_nGerald is a wonderful actor, a man of honor and a deeply spiritual person. When I spoke with him, I knew he saw more than the words on the page as he read the script — he felt the energy, the vibration, the song in the morning that connects us all. He understands Sacajawea’s message…. and he will portray it with strength. We are so blessed to have Gerald play this important character.

See him on IMDB.com: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1370064/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

 

 

 

 

 


Windcatcher Welcomes Atty Stefan Feuerherdt

What a privilege to work with a professional and inspiring team. Please welcome our Entertainment Attorney, Stefan Feuerherdt.

Atty Stefan FeuerherdtStefan Feuerherdt is an experienced multidisciplinary attorney, freelance writer, and legal instructor from the Portland, Oregon area. He is interested in the intersection between the arts and law, and in helping and promoting students and practitioners of both. Feuerherdt works with creative professionals to navigate past legal issues in getting their art to the marketplace.

Attorney Feuerherdt is in the process of creating the company, Windcatcher The Movie, LLC for the Windcatcher production. He is committed to taking this important project to its completion by providing all aspects of legal representation, contract negotiations, film documents, and to assure professional legal protection for the screenplay, copyrights, film rights, budget and all phases of production through post production and the film’s distribution.

With his background in writing and film, he brings a depth of experience to this project that empowers his legal knowledge, establishing a strong foundation at the heart of this epic project.

The Windcatcher production team welcomes Attorney Stefan Feuerherdt. As we move through our development phase and into pre-production, unfold opportunities for young Native Americans who have aspirations for a film career, and kick this project into high gear, we are confident he will guide the legal aspects to help create a production that is solid and credible.

Stefan’s LinkedIn

Stefan’s IMDB page

 


Windcatcher on The Jupiter Rising Show

Eileen Grimes, Jane L. Fitzpatrick and Meredith Froemke

Eileen Grimes, Jane L. Fitzpatrick and Meredith Froemke, The Jupiter Rising Show 1150KKNW.com

Bringing Sacajawea’s film project home to the Pacific Northwest has opened up many doors as we keep walking toward our goals. People here have a deep passion for this story and this person of history, for it is their history, too. Yesterday I was honored to be a guest on the Seattle radio show, The Jupiter Rising Show, with hosts Meredith Froemke and my dear friend, Eileen Grimes, and Sandra Johnston.

With the cityscape in view through a big picture window I waited for my introduction, contemplating what to say, how to say it, and feeling a little nervous yet excited to share about the journey and this Call on my life to tell her story.

Just like the other times I’ve been asked to talk about Windcatcher, something took over my words — for the vision is clear. I am always grateful for this. I invite you to listen to the interview here, and post your comments and questions. Or, if you are interested in being a part of this epic project through funding, please let us know at: info@WindcatcherEntertainment.com

Thank you Eileen, Sandra and Meredith, it was a wonderfully inspiring time!

Janey

The Jupiter Rising Show through dropbox

1150 KKNW

 


What a message her story brings!

Through the eyes of this person of history, Sacajawea ….we see why she came and what she brought us. She changed her own world, and therefore, changed ours. There are lessons for us in her story.

What are the chances that over 200 years later we would remember this woman who was really just a little girl? But we do, because she had the Spirit within her that made a difference.

She is not unlike each of us if we would just believe we have the power within, for we are worthy and important. With that belief, with that faith, with that self-confidence, with that knowing — the world will be changed.

 

 


What a journey we walk…

1 HawkIt’s a trek that is, at times, nearly as adventurous as the Corps of Discovery. We have always chosen to take the road that leads us to authenticity and accuracy, a strong foundation. And, making sure our lady, Sacajawea, is honored and her story protected to the highest degree.

This film deserves to be an epic production and we continue to make the decisions necessary for that to happen. The Windcatcher team is devoted and passionate to not only Sacajawea and her story, but also to Native languages, cultural preservation, and providing internships for Native young people.

Our team of advisers include Native American and Sacajawea experts, liaisons with the tribes, language experts, Lewis and Clark historians, Foundation officials, authors and scholars. It is a distinguished group of professionals who have been devoted over the years to our efforts. Some have provided powerful recommendations and supporting quotes to stand behind this production.

We are very fortunate to be moving closer to pre-production as we know everyone is excited and eager for this film to soon be on the big screen.

While some have had different ideas over the course of this journey, we have always committed, no matter what, to a unique perspective for this production: to stick to the history we know and rely on culture, tradition and her spirit to capture the rest, and give her a voice. That takes tenacity, it takes the right mix of people and passion, it takes a synergy that is called together in the right timing and the right way. And, we are getting there — we are ready to soar!

 


She was a watcher of her heart

What will you do in your life? Will you just exist day to day or will you venture out, being a watcher of your heart? What do see — what is written that you can not ignore? And are you willing to go the distance?

Rochester MountainWindcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea is a journey of Her lifetime, yet as watchers of her life we bring her journey to ourselves. She walked, she talked, she sang, she prayed on smoke to the Great Father. She knew joy and she hurt… yes, she had a dream written on her heart that she could see.

Over the last 12 years, I have visited many places where she had been, and I have felt her spirit with me. From the Hidatsa village site in North Dakota, where cranes danced above my head to the Oregon beaches where she said her prayers after a long trek.

Take the visual journey of the places she has been, and as you see each photo, be a watcher of her dream. This is to be an epic film about a brief moment of time in the life of this soul who lived. Yes, she lived and loved… and had a dream we are making real. CLICK to see the images of her walk:

http://www.windcatcherthemovie.com/movie/images

 


Screenplay Synopsis

Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea 

Salmon RiverThe year is 1800, at the headwaters of the Missouri River.  BOINAIR, a 12-year-old Shoshone girl celebrates her initiation into womanhood.  Her husband is chosen; her future is bright.  But, after the ceremony her village is attacked by Hidatsa warriors determined to take women and children. The girl is torn from those she loves and given the Hidatsa name SACAJAWEA, for the spirit of the eagle that leads her.

In early 1803, President THOMAS JEFFERSON commissions his secretary, MERIWETHER LEWIS to lead an expedition to the Pacific Ocean.  By June, WILLIAM CLARK joins the Corps of Discovery.

At the same time, Sacajawea, now a Hidatsa slave, is traded for a gun to a brutish French trapper, CHARBONNEAU.   Soon, she is pregnant with his son.

By November 1804, the Corps of Discovery arrives at the Hidatsa village searching for an interpreter to negotiate for Shoshone horses to cross the mountains.  In this exploration that will birth a nation, Sacajawea sees a way home…

Through horrendous weather, starvation and the constant threat of death the Corps finally reaches the Shoshone village. Sacajawea is reunited with her uncle, CAMEAHWAIT, and her betrothed.  But, her joy and the dream of coming home are dashed, when her love will not allow her to stay because she belongs to the white man.

So, in his wisdom, Cameahwait sets a new purpose for his niece.  Though devastated and heartsick, Sacajawea accepts what seems an unhappy fate — not yet realizing her true destiny is before her…

The soldiers marvel at their luck, knowing they have horses because of Sacajawea.  If only President Jefferson knew the door to his dream of expansion, and the future of a modern world, is now open because of a 16 year old Indian girl.

This is a story that has never been told.  It is a powerful, epic drama about an icon of the American west – Sacajawea, the Windcatcher.

 

Windcatcher Entertainment Production
info@WindcatcherEntertainment.com

 


The true heart of a legend

True heart of a legend

All around the world, from the four winds, people are unique in their own ways.  Their love for their heritage and traditions, and the powerful bonds that bind them together over generations, are the very threads that run through their descendants.

Sacajawea’s story is an important part of the bond that now blends us all together, not only Agai’dika Shoshone people but all Nations and citizens of these United States.  Her life is one of tenacity, sorrow, strength and joy and that makes Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea relevant for our time period, and a beacon of hope for us all.

It has always been my deepest motivation to create a story around this legend that brings justice to her voice.  She had a voice.  She prayed, she cried, she felt the wind in her hair and knew she was not alone even in her pain.  This woman stood up for herself and stated her opinion and she was a gentle mother to her child.  She is a legend, but she also deserves to be understood and known as flesh and blood.

I will always admit I do not know first-hand what is at the heart of the Native American people.  I want to know, but it would be wrong of me to say I do.  That is why I have devoted the last 10 years of my life to counsel with her people and other Native Americans, listening to historians, learning about the world at the time she lived, and continuing to bring credible advisers around me — those who truly know.

We are moving closer every day to bringing this story to life.  All the players add something unique to the message, and they each understand the vision.  We are firm in our quest to create this incredible story as an Independent film.  With that, we’re able to include all the contributions and knowledge of so many people, to assure Sacajawea keeps her voice true and genuine.

Thank you all for your inspiration and support for this effort.  You are very important to the success of this project and we will continue to enlighten you about each and every rewarding step of the journey.

Yours,

Jane


On eagle’s wings…

April 6, 1789  – According to the Farmers Almanac, Sacajawea is born

The dawn is coming….

Our Production Team is dedicated to making this movie with the authenticity it deserves and the spirit it embodies.   We are literally flying with the eagles.  “She” is moving us, leading us and guiding us to bring her life to the world.

Keep watching for details, we have amazing energy and wonderful things are on the horizon!  We are taking flight!

225 years old and we are finally telling her story!

According to The Writer’s Almanac, this is the birthday and life span of Sacajawea.

“It’s the birthday of the Shoshone woman Sacajawea, born in Idaho (sometime around 1789). She was kidnapped at age 10 by the Hidatsa tribe, sold into slavery, and bought by a French-Canadian trapper who made her one of his two wives. When Lewis and Clark hired the trapper to guide them to the Pacific, Sacajawea — a teenager with her two-month-old baby on her back — was part of the package. She accompanied the party to the Pacific Ocean and back, acting as their interpreter. She could speak half a dozen Indian languages, she told them which plants were edible, and, William Clark said, tribes were inclined to believe that their party was friendly when they saw Sacajawea because a war party would never travel with a woman, especially one with a baby.

When the trip was over, Sacajawea’s husband got $500 and 320 acres of land. She died in December 1812, of a “fever,” at the age of 23. Clark legally adopted her two children — the boy who had been a baby on the expedition, Jean Baptiste, and an infant daughter, Lisette.”
~ The Writer’s Almanac • 04.06.14

Thank you all for your support of this long and arduous journey,

Jane


Languages of the heart

The language of the People… “Makes my heart soar like a hawk.”
~ Chief Dan George

 

The production team for Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea is working everyday to make contacts and ultimately bring together those people who  will drive this epic film to completion.  Powerful  passion and energy surround this incredible story.  From actors and regalia makers to historians and linguists, we are catching the wind.

Linguistics is one of the most important aspects of the production, since eight languages are spoken throughout the script’s journey.  It is our intent to maintain their authenticity, showing the true challenges of communication the group experienced.   Shoshone, Nez Perce, Clatsop, Hidatsa, Mandan, French, English and universal sign language are all spoken in this film.

One of the beauties of Windcatcher is the opportunity it provides to share diversity and tradition in the most natural way.  The depth of emotion we feel as we connect to their world helps us understand this difficult time period, the indigenous people and the many broad cultures.  It helps us relate to the exquisite and unique lives they lived in 1805.  We hope it will help Native Americans to have a new awareness and love for their beautiful heritage. We hope it will help all Americans to see this country for what it was, and is, and how much better it can become.

Wado (thank you),

Jane

 

 


The Windcatcher Team…

Ten years ago I began this incredible Journey of Discovery.  I have tried to bring together like-minded, like-spirited people who share my passion for this woman in our history who means so much, to so many.

The caretakers of this powerful story have realized a great responsibility.  While I’ve been careful to keep those people who will cherish and protect it, I also know without a doubt that “she” is selecting, “she” is leading — yes, “she” is calling the right people together who will give life to her journey by keeping history and tradition true.

On two occasions, I met with the Agai’dika Shoshone, Sacajawea’s people.  The Shoshone liaison, Leo Ariwite, has been truly wonderful in helping us connect to the right people for authenticity of culture and language.  There are also others who have been drawn to the Windcatcher.  Historians, linguists, film executives, casting and location professionals, talented musicians, stunt people and special effects experts, directors and actors, and many Native American communities  who have been so supportive of our efforts.

Soon we will all come together in perfect harmony, to create an epic film that will literally stir the “heart and soul” of humanity.  We need this story; we need to understand as a nation, we need a worthy heroine.

I am so grateful for everyone who has supported this project either professionally, or personally.  We are making it happen together with our awesome production team.  Thank you so very much.

Yours always,
Jane

 


Little Pomp is born… Happy Birthday baby boy!

February 11, 1805 — We celebrate the birth of Sacajawea’s son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, nicknamed “Pomp” by Captain Clark.  Here’s the scene of his birth from Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea.

 

 

 

INT. CHARBONNEAU’S QUARTERS — NIGHT

Wind whistles and sleet chatters outside.  Exhausted, Sacajawea struggles to raise her head, screaming in agony. She looks with terror into Otter Woman’s eyes.

Otter Woman throws off the furs covering Sacajawea’s legs.  She moves around the bed, propping up her knees on each side.  The woman rubs a wolf pelt around the girl’s stomach bringing another contraction.  Sacajawea screams.

With determination, Lewis bolts through the door and moves to the bed table.  He crushes the rattlesnake rattle with a mortar and pestle then dumps the powder into a cup of water.  Otter Woman watches with indignation.

Lewis motions for Otter Woman to help sit Sacajawea up — she drinks the potion.

Sacajawea lies back as the older woman rubs her stomach again with the pelt, round and round until another contraction takes hold.  Sacajawea looks with wide eyes at her friend — something is different, she begins to push.

Otter Woman drops the fur to the floor by the bed and points to Lewis, motioning for him to help Sacajawea squat, her legs on either side of the fur.

Another pain.  Lewis holds Sacajawea firm as she pushes hard.  Otter Woman sits on the floor in front of the girl.

OTTER WOMAN

Push, your child comes.

Sacajawea bears down.  She pushes with all her might, her head is back, shaking.  Steam rises from her sweaty hair, her eyes are clenched.

Lewis’ eyes fill with tears as he watches the girl’s pain.  He holds her quivering body close as Otter Woman reaches for the child.

One more push — excruciating, bearing down…

No one breathes, when…


EXT. THE PRAIRIE – NIGHT

A wolf stands poised against the moonlight, his long howl breaks into the silence.


INT. CHARBONNEAU’S QUARTERS – NIGHT

And…

… a small, sweet cry fills the room.

Sacajawea collapses into Lewis’ arms as Otter Woman cuts the cord.  The captain lays her on the bed and covers her with furs.

Otter Woman chants as she lifts the crying child — steam rises from his wet body wrapped in the wolf pelt.  She turns toward Lewis’ anticipation.  The captain’s face is overcome with joy.

 

 

 


200th Anniversary of Sacajawea’s death (?)

There is a huge controversy around the death of Sacajawea.  Some Native Americans believe she died on April 9, 1884, an elderly woman, on the Wind River Indian Reservation at Fort Washakie, Wyoming.  While others believe she died in her 20s, on December 20, 1812, at Fort Manuel Lisa in South Dakota.

I like to remember this woman, not for her death, but for her amazing and unique life.  Windcatcher is a story about her contributions to our world.  It is not watered down or sensationalized, it shows all her joys and pain.  It is written to reflect the challenges this young woman endured and the monumental effect she had on those she encountered, the men of the expedition and her precious children.

So, today is a day to honor.  Whether you believe she died in April 1884, or exactly 200 years ago today, we can all agree that Sacajawea deserves a place in history and Windcatcher is an important film that will help us never forget.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued encouragement and support in 2012.  With the energy and light this story exudes we know 2013 will see significant accomplishments.  Exciting and thrilling times are ahead on our journey.  Stay with us…

Happy New Year!

Blessings to you all.

Jane


Undaunted!

Out my window I see an unusual sight this morning, a cloudy, gray LA sky. But, it does put me in a reflective, literary mood. It’s very hard to write a blog about a film project without being able to share what is really happening. When all is in place and we are “rockin’ and rollin’” I will be so thrilled to blog about the process — and you will be amazed. What a journey, what a mountain, what an undaunted expedition!

I’ve watched, with disappointment and elation, the pieces of this “windswept” puzzle blow in every direction over the past few years. But, now those pieces are slowly and gently floating to earth, beginning to land in perfect order for our beautiful masterpiece. Oh, but the floating is still so, so, so very slow… {{{deep breath}}}

This will be (and is) one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. I have realized many things through the process. One of the most cherished ways Sacajawea’s story has touched me is through the respect and love I have felt for the Indigenous people of this great land. My hope is that her life will bring awareness to Native Americans and their plight, and to all other Americans, by shedding light on the many wrongs that we must strive to make right. This story will help us see. Her life will be a beacon to us all.

Keep watching for updates here and on facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/WindcatcherFilms/?ref=ts&fref=ts

I leave you today with this quote that truly is at the core of my motivation:

“For generations we have heard of this brave woman and how she was included in the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Pacific. But, by creating her image and personality, her character and her soul, we’ve moved past the legend and established the biological Sacajawea. This is a great responsibility because this is the person we’ll all remember going forward.”
                                                                 ~Jane L. Fitzpatrick, on Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea


Windcatcher Production Team

 

The Producers ~

The Windcatcher producers have a passion for cinema and a sincere interest in portraying a historically accurate rendition of Native American history.  We believe this film will help inspire movie-goers to discover tribal American history and appreciate the contributions made by the indigenous people of early America.

The Windcatcher Project

The legendary mystery of Sacajawea has transcended through time until now.  Jane has written this screenplay in a way that has garnered the respect and attention from Lewis & Clark historians, veteran producers, film maker professionals, actors, musicians, and most importantly, the Shoshone people and other Native American communities.

David Borlaug, President of the Fort Mandan Foundation: “Because this screenplay is so closely in alignment with the history without sacrificing the drama of the events, we are prepared to assist in any way we can to see the film become a reality.“

Landon Y. Jones, Author of The Essential Lewis and Clark (2000) & William Clark and the Shaping of the West (2004): “Jane L. Fitzpatrick has given us an interpretation of Sacajawea’s character that is credible, convincing, and compelling and will be supported by serious scholars.”

This project is about the Windcatcher, Sacajawea, and her quest to reveal the meaning and impact of her life. It is a spiritual journey, both hers and ours.

Our Production Team

 


Happy Birthday, Sacajawea!

According to The Writer’s Almanac, this is the birthday and life span of Sacajawea.

“It’s the birthday of the Shoshone woman Sacajawea, born in Idaho (sometime around 1789). She was kidnapped at age 10 by the Hidatsa tribe, sold into slavery, and bought by a French-Canadian trapper who made her one of his two wives. When Lewis and Clark hired the trapper to guide them to the Pacific, Sacajawea — a teenager with her two-month-old baby on her back — was part of the package. She accompanied the party to the Pacific Ocean and back, acting as their interpreter. She could speak half a dozen Indian languages, she told them which plants were edible, and, William Clark said, tribes were inclined to believe that their party was friendly when they saw Sacajawea because a war party would never travel with a woman, especially one with a baby.

When the trip was over, Sacajawea’s husband got $500 and 320 acres of land. She died in December 1812, of a “fever,” at the age of 23. Clark legally adopted her two children — the boy who had been a baby on the expedition, Jean Baptiste, and an infant daughter, Lisette.”
~ The Writer’s Almanac • 04.06.12

223 years old and we are finally telling her story!


The Windcatcher Soars…

A dusting of snow covered the ground as I approached Fort Hall, Idaho.  It had been over a month since I had visited last and I was eager to present Windcatcher to the Shoshone-Bannock Council.  Our contacts, Leo Ariwite and Public Relations liaison, Randy’l Teton, welcomed me as did Council members.  The goal was to introduce the project and show the respect the production team had for the Council, the Elders and these Native American people, and it was a success.

In addition, I was generously granted a permit to

tour the Fort Hall reservation, and I planned to explore the area the next day, take photos of site locations and develop a deeper respect not only for the history around the area but also for those who gave their lives in wars defending this land.

The first stop was the  Bannock County History Museum in Pocatello.  It was an amazing facility with wonderful history.  There were displays highlighting accomplishments of Council members I’d met the day before

That evening was the most beautiful sunset, a perfect ending to an amazing two days in Idaho, the land of Sacajawea’s people.  It was an enlightening experience and opened my eyes to many things.  My commitment was stronger than ever to making this movie and our finding the funding, which the team is actively pursuing with great connections and powerful filmcontacts.  I”ll update you on our next efforts very soon!  Thank you for following this important journey … we are amazed everyday!

INTERESTING BACKSTORY: On the plane from Seattle to Salt Lake City, I was once again reminded of the spirit behind this project.  I had a middle seat (not my favorite) next to an interesting gentleman.  We exchanged a bit about our destinations and when I told him about Windcatcher he wanted to know more.  Turns out he has a direct connection to this story… he is a descendant of Captain Meriwether Lewis’ family!  What are the chances of me sitting next to him?  It is uncanny how many people I have run into who touch this story in some way.  That’s pretty powerful!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Jane