Independent Lens: Indian Relay
Monday, November 18 at 10:00 p.m.
Set against the sweeping panoramic vistas of the high plains, "Indian Rela"y explores one of the most competitive, dangerous, and thrilling forms of horse racing practiced anywhere in the world today.
From the bitter cold of winter to the heat and mayhem of the summer’s championship races in Montana and Idaho, "Indian Relay" follows teams from the Shoshone-Bannock Nation in Idaho, and the Crow and Blackfeet Nations, both of Montana.
Although competitive on the track, the young Indian relay racers share a deep bond through their love of the sport and their pride in their Native traditions. As the film follows their triumphs and setbacks during the course of the racing season, their strength and determination shine through, and serves as a beacon of hope for the families and their communities
Top photo: Riders at the start of the championship race during the Indian Relay National Championships at the Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot, Idaho.
At right: Narsis Reevis after an exchange during the Relays at the Indian Relay World Championships at the Sheridan WYO Rodeo in Sheridan, Wyoming.