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.
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.
Thank you, so very much.
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 🙏🌈
Please 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.
We are excited to welcome Rick Clark as Co-Producer on the Windcatcher production team. During our first meeting, we were moved by Rick’s deep passion for Sacajawea and her story. With his African American and Native American heritage, Rick holds a heartfelt and spiritual understanding of this powerful journey we walk. He believes the story must be told and he is willing to do whatever he can to make it happen.
Rick is a nationally recognized consultant, influencer and executive advisor with over 25 years of notable leadership experience in many arenas including entertainment and film. He currently advises Fortune 500 Chief Executive Officers, GM’s team owners, C-level staff within the Fortune 500 NFL team ownership, high net worth influencers and political clientele up to several heads of State/royal families with high level strategies aimed at diversity, public relations, multicultural marketing, tourism, entertainment and others.
Rick created and launched one of the largest African American/executive search and consulting firms in America and one of the most respected NFL agent agencies, negotiating over a billion dollars in sports contracts. His specialties include placement of investors interested in entertainment, movie projects, film and TV, NFL, MLB and real estate. He has frequently appeared on television, radio and in print.
We are honored and humbled to have Rick join our team. Indeed, we hold a light that is already shinning… we just need to walk in it, every day, with gratitude and thanksgiving!
In the spirit of the Corps of Discovery we call: CHARGE ON! — Have No Fear.
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 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?
Windcatcher: 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:
Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea is the film of the decade, bringing a raw beauty of the American west with its magnificent epic nature, cascading mountains, treacherous rivers, iconic characters and real adventure. This movie masterpiece will be compared only to Dances with Wolves, Last of the Mohicans, and the coming-of-age movie Memoirs of Geisha. The film’s production team will include many Native Americans in key positions. And they’ll be casting authentic Native actors for all indigenous roles, making sure this important history is properly represented.
This inspirational independent film project has attracted the talents of industry professionals including the incredible acting abilities of award-winning actor, Raoul Trujillo. Raoul is best known for his character, Zero Wolf, the Mayan villain in Apocalypto, directed by Mel Gibson. In the “Windcatcher” film he will be portraying an adapted character of history as a chief of the Hidatsa tribe, White Eagle.
Raoul’s career has spanned over 30 years as an actor, choreographer, director and dancer. He was a soloist with the Nikolais Dance Theatre out of New York City, and toured the world from 1980-1987. He directed and choreographed projects for Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto, the Repertory Dance Theatre of Utah, and he taught at the Aboriginal Dance Project at the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada.
Raoul’s past film projects have included: Black Robe, The New World, Apocalypto, Cowboys & Aliens, Riddick with Van Diesel, and his newest film, Persecuted, among many others. He brings an exciting depth-of-character and vibrant talent to the Windcatcher production.
This journey we travel is, without a doubt, the most amazing yet cantankerous trail we’ve ever experienced. It is a mixture of harsh reality in a literal world and a spirituality that truly blows us away at every turn. We are honored to be apart of this mosaic – and feel we are just a piece of the puzzle that once put together, will be so flowing with wisdom and power that each of us who touch this woman’s life, will never be that same.
One of the motivations of this project is the commitment to get it right. To bring to life native culture and characters, authentic words and actions that depict the indigenous people of that time period in the most believable and accurate way. And, more importantly, to beautifully present the “person” of Sacajawea so we deeply connect to who she was, how she lived, and what she felt — yes, a human being we all will want to love and remember.
The most vital and inspiring purpose of this Windcatcher project is to lift up and honor the proud heritage that flows through the blood of Native people. And, to recognize it by selecting Native Americans to be apart of the production team in key positions, including producers, actors and crew. The opportunities are astounding for Native film professionals, not just through the feature film, Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea, but also the documentary, JOURNEY of a Windcatcher.
With Windcatcher Entertainment, and our invaluable Native Youth Film Internship program, we intend to give inspiration to the next generation of magic makers. We encourage native women to get involved in their dreams, especially if their dreams are in film. In addition, young men will have the opportunity to explore aspects of the movie industry and further their careers.
With Sacajawea as our focal point, we respect and honor women of Native cultures who are considered givers-of-life, healers, visionaries, and they are the vessels that carry history forward so the stories are told. Sacajawea certainly fits this description, for her contributions were many as a mother and a friend; interpreter and a guide. Her hands and handiwork are woven perfectly into the fabric of life even today, and we are eager to bring this mentor and role model to the spotlight for all to know!
Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea
The 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.
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Once again, I want to thank all of you for your monetary support and your “heart” support for this dynamic and worthwhile internship program, Native Youth Film Internship.
This journey we are on has taken twists and turns, tested our patience and tenacity, and convinced us that this project, Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea, is much more than any of us had ever imagined.
When I started up this path, I didn’t know what to expect. I only knew, while sitting alone on a plateau in Three Forks, Montana, May 20, 1989, I heard a voice in my ear that said, “I want you to write my story.” It wasn’t a loud voice, more like a thought from somewhere else, but it was not to be ignored. Though I made an attempt to write it as a book at the time, I wasn’t ready spiritually to really begin. In fact, it wasn’t until 2003, when my daughter, Jerah, was heading to California to film school, and she told me to take out that story and write it into a screenplay.
Over the four years it took for me to listen to that spiritual voice, and to create this woman who wanted her story told, I was helped by my daughter, my husband and my script analyst, with ideas, character format, script structure and inspiration, that eventually allowed this story, from a first-time screenwriter, to become a reality in 2007.
The journey has been long, with much sacrifice, and here we are now in November, 2013. In just the last six months, I have truly become aware of the depth and breadth of this project. It is so much more than a movie. In fact, it is so spiritually powerful, we are also producing a documentary, Journey of a Windcatcher, that goes deeper into how this story came to be, how spirit is part of the journey, how lives have unbelievably intersected along the path and how the words of the script miraculously reveal meanings of a Native message that calls us all together through hope and love.
I am overflowing with gratitude for those professionals who have been drawn to these projects. The Windcatcher Team is devoted to the Spirit that is guiding us. We are flying high to incredible heights, passing the clouds, the stars and the sun! Everyone who experiences this trilogy of inspiring projects, will never be the same.
Watch for more announcements very soon, as we move closer to production every day! And, thank you for your devotion to following the path with us — this journey of OUR discovery.
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.
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),
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.
“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!
She remains a mystery through the ages.
A twelve year old Shoshone girl…
Stolen away and traded to a Frenchman for a gun.
Yet, her mark on history remains…
In the adventure that would birth a nation, she saw a way home.
But, destiny had another plan…
Later, she is known as a heroine, a true visionary.
She is the Birdwoman, dancing in the wind.
She is Sacajawea — the Windcatcher.
WINDCATCHER: The Story of Sacajawea is an epic feature film written by Jane L. Fitzpatrick. The project will be completing several phases to secure solid historical backing, support from various communities and Native American input.
PHASE #2: SECOND MEETING WITH THE AGAI’DIKA SHOSHONE — The Windcatcher Production Team is planning a trip to Fort Hall, ID, to meet with the Agai’dika Shoshone, Sacajawea’s people. We will be meeting with Council members and the Cultural Committee, talking about Shoshone traditions, linguistics, and meeting with Agai’dika Shoshone and Pai’nite Bannock actors to bring an authenticity to the production that will be very powerful.
We believe this is of great importance because we are committed to creating a story that is as authentic as possible without losing the dramatic effect of the time period, the Native American traditions, and the character and psyche of a young Shoshone girl, a mother, who endured the world in which she lived.
In addition, we will hopefully be filming some footage for a pre-movie trailer and shooting some of the back-story for later use.
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A little nervous, and very honored to be meeting Sacagawea’s People, I drove for over 2 hours, listening to Brule’ and watching the breathtaking scenery go by – it was enjoyable and relaxing, the very thing I needed before the meeting.
Every chair in the room was taken. When it was my turn to speak, Leo Ariwite, the Lemhi Shoshone liaison, began by showing a documentary of Sacagawea. It was the perfect segue as it cleared everyone’s mind and heart for Windcatcher.
All the preparation in the world would not have made a difference, because what was required was a passionate and honest “sharing” of how Sacagawea’s spirit was leading this project and how I believed in my soul that I was to protect her story, and bring it to those people who are sincere about making this film in an authentic, non-Hollywood way. This is what was important to the Shoshones, and I truly believe they appreciated the fact that I had come to them asking for their help, their traditional expertise, and their blessing.
There was a genuine excitement filling the room. From the Shoshone Cultural Committee members, elders, and other interested people I felt a surge of energy building around this important project, an energy I had never felt before. I passed out copies of the script, some of us exchanged business cards, and, then I was honored beyond my greatest hope… I was asked to return in a month for a second meeting to make more plans.
I left the group knowing without a doubt I was traveling the right path and the Windcatcher journey had just taken a giant leap. The acceptance received was so moving and their willingness to let me share my heart and vision for the story of Sacagawea was empowering.
Thank you all for your warm encouragement. We are “Catching the Wind!”