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1 Cheyenne Arapaho Film Director
Chris Eyre Cheyenne Arapaho Film Director

2 (Mother Jones Podcast,2009)
“Feature film director Chris Eyre has been giving a voice to contemporary Native American people ever since his 1998 indie(Indian) hit Smoke Signals.” (Mother Jones Podcast,2009)

3 Chris Eyre Directs films, documentaries and TV shows with accurate portrayals of Native Americans Age 43 in 2011

4 Born in Portland, Oregon
Raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon ..

5 “I'd like to make movies that are about Indians here and now, Indians living in the 21st century, and show that they are as complex as any other people... and it has nothing to do with spirituality or oppression. It's just about people being people. That's really what I'm seeking” (Eyre, 2002).

6 Family Daughter: Shahiyela Shahiyela’s mom: Lori Pourier Adoptive parents: Barbara and Earl (Caucasian) Reconnects with his biological mother, Rose, at age 18

7 Traditional Cheyenne and Arapaho People in Regalia
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College President Dr. Henrietta Mann Red Earth Princess Carrie Kay-Kay Whitlow Chiefs of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes

8 Cheyenne and Arapaho are two distinct tribes
Because of the creation of Indian Reservations, many tribes were force to exist with another tribe

9 Cheyenne Traditional Homeland
Near the Great Lakes in what is now Minnesota and Great Plains Cheyenne remain a powerful tribe

10 Arapaho Traditional Homeland
Saskatchewan, Montana, Wyoming, Eastern Colorado, and Western South Dakota

11 Graduate Education 1995, Master of Fine Arts, Graduate Film Program
New York University Best short film award for Tenacity, 1995

12 Undergraduate Education
1991, Bachelor's Degree, Media Arts University of Arizona (created non-sync 16mm films) 1989: Associate of Applied Science Degree: Television Production Major Mt. Hood Community College (Learned multi-camera television)

13 Career Achievements Directs Major films Co-produces TV series
Makes music video Creates documentaries for PBS

14 On the Set Chris Eyre

15 Major Film Productions
A Thousand Roads (2005) Movie A Thief of Time (2004)TV Movie Edge of America (2003)TV Movie Things We Do(1998)Music Video Skinwalkers (2002)TV Movie Skins (2002)Movie Smoke Signals (1998)Movie

16 A Thousand Roads (2005) Movie

17 A Thief of Time (2004) TV Movie

18 Edge of America (2003) TV Movie

19 Skinwalkers (2002) TV Movie

20 Skins (2002) Movie

21 Things We Do (1998) Music Video

22 Smoke Signals (1998) Movie

23 Smoke Signals (1999) Awards
15 nominations Won 9 awards Best film Best actor Newcomer of the year Best Debut Performance All Native American Cast and Crew

24 Skins (2002) Awards Wins 2 awards Best Actor Theatrical Feature Film Nominated for Best Male Lead Nominated Best Performance in a Theatrical Feature Film

25 Skinwalkers (2002) Adapted from the Novel “Skinwalkers” by Tony Hillerman

26 TV Series The American Experience (TV series documentary) We Shall Remain: Part 1-5 (2009) Freedom Riders (TV series) (2009) Law and Order: SVU (TV series) Smut (2008) Friday Night Lights (TV Series) Keeping up Appearances (2008)

27 We Shall Remain (2009) TV Series

28 Freedom Riders (2009) TV Series

29 Law and Order: SVU (2009) TV

30 Friday Night Lights (2008) TV

31 Eyre works with PBS to create a five part educational series on Native American Indian history during colonization (2009).

32 “I think in the series what you find is that nothing is simple and nothing is black or white… you can’t always be sure the choices you would have made at the time and the series really sheds light on that” (Eyre, 2009). Chris Eyre comments about the “We Shall Remain” series.

33 Publisher, Chris Neumer comments on Skins and Smoke Signals: “My reaction to both films was, I’m not sure if I’m being naïve or I’m being super enlightened, but when I watched this movie, I just saw people”(2002).

34 Current Productions Native Century: TV series that tells the stories about Native Americans after Wound Knee Massacre A Year in Mooring: Movie about successful businessman who suffers tragedy

35 Chris Eyre Today Cheyenne and Arapaho success at Age 43
Currently lives in Rapid City, South Dakota Directs films & documentaries

36 Question For Chris Eyre
What would you like to tell Native American Youth?

37 Matt Cram Biographer Currently attending University of Wisconsin-Platteville Social Science Major/with History Emphasis I like to play sports and anything outdoors

38 Special Thanks Thanks to those people who helped me on this project
Thanks to the sources that I used on this project Thanks to Chris Eyre, couldn’t do this project without him Thanks to Kevin Locke for the Music used in this project Special thanks to Garnet Wind, Julie Philips, and Colleen Garrity

39 References 1-5 Alexie, S. (2006). Old school reviews. Retrieved February 12, 2011, from Bowman, J. (2006). Filmmaker Chris Eyre: Telling it like it is. Retrieved February 8, 2011, from Cheyenne and Arapaho tribe. (2010). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from Chris Eyre (Director). ().[Video/DVD] Chris Eyre biography. (2011). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from

40 References 6-10 Chris Eyre biography TMC. (2011). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from Chris Eyre on young native people. . (Jan 23, 2008).[Video/DVD] Retrieved from Chris Eyre: Filmmaker. (2008). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from Chris Neumer. (2006). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from Cowboys and Indians. (2011). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from

41 References 11-15 Day of the black docs. (2010). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from DGA awards. (2009). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from Edge of America. (2011). Retrieved February 8, 2011, from Eyre, C. (Director). (2009).[Video/DVD] PBS: PBS. Fitts, A. (2011). Interview: Chris Eyre, native American director, and ric burns, documentary filmmaker. Retrieved February 22, 2011, from

42 References 16-20 Flag of Arapaho nation. (2011). Retrieved February 12, 2011, from Foriegnmoviesddl. (2009). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from Foster care month. (2009). Retrieved February 12, 2011, from Friday night lights. (2011). Retrieved February 8, 2011, from Greenwichmeantime. (2010). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from

43 References 21-26 IMDB. (2011). Retrieved February 12, 2011, from IMDB. (2011). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from Indigenous. (2006). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from Law and order. (2011). Retrieved February 8, 2011, from Locke, K, Good, D, and Wasinger, T. (2008). Earth Gift. Pittsburgh, PA: Ixtlan Artist Group, Inc. Map of united states. (2011). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from

44 References 27-31 Movie camera. (2011). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from Movie web. (2011). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from Mt. hood. (2011). Retrieved February 12, 2011, from Multicamera-diagram. (2011). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from MyNorth.com. (2011). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from

45 References 32-36 Native arts. (2009). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from NativeCelebs. (2005). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from Neumer, C. (2006). Stumped magazine. Retrieved February 22, 2011, from PBS mystery. (2004). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from PBS picture. (2011). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from

46 References 37-41 Seal of Portland, Oregon. (2011). Retrieved February 12, 2011, from Skinwalkers. (2011). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from Stahl productions. (2004). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from SWOSU. (2008). Retrieved February 12, 2011, from Talltalestruetales. (2009). Retrieved February 22, 2011, from

47 References 42-46 A thief of time. (2011). Retrieved February 8, 2011, from A thousand roads. (2011). Retrieved February 8, 2011, from University of Arizona. (2011). Retrieved February 12, 2011, from University of New York. (2011). Retrieved February 12, 2011, from We shall remain. (2009). Retrieved February 12, 2011, from

48 References 47-52 We shall remain. (2009). Retrieved February 12, 2011, from We shall remain main page. (2009). Retrieved February 8, 2011, from We shall remain: Cast and crew. (2009). Retrieved February 12, 2011, from We shall remain: Cast picture. (2009). Retrieved February 8, 2011, from We shall remain: Chris Eyre. (2009). Retrieved February 12, 2011, from Zempel, E. (2008). Zombie reporting center. Retrieved February 22, 2011, from


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