Horses – perhaps the most beautiful and beloved of earth’s creatures – carry viewers to the many philosophical and sociological issues raised in HORSE TRIBE.
~ Whether in the Pacific Northwest or, by extension in the Middle East, a culture can productively embrace a force that has engulfed it.
~ Does otherness dictate estrangement? Can a minority displaced and overwhelmed by a majority ever truly be part of the whole, from the
perspective of either entity? Is assimilation a positive?
~ Is racism an unavoidable part of human nature?
~ What should we make of the “faith of our fathers”, e.g., warriors impervious to bullets… or a man who can walk on water? Are these stories hokum,
allegorical, or however improbably, true?
~ What happens when spiritual practices wither? If Nez Perce youth no longer seek their weyekin spirit, will that alter in a meaningful or practical
way how the next generation relates to the world?
~ Is there a human obligation to protect our planet’s natural resources or its other species?
~ What defines a hero? Who are yours?
~ What are the costs of trying, and the lessons of failure?
~ Is it good, or not so much, to live in a place where, literally, "everybody knows your name" (and your parents, grandparents, and great-
This documentary portrait of the glory, decline and re-invention of the Nez Perce horse culture -- and the parallel experience of one extraordinary man – give living form to the grand abstractions of intellectual discourse. Concepts are without form. But the ineffable resides in the actual, the shrouded in the apparent, and transcendence in the commonplace. Amidst the grandeur of the Pacific Northwest, on a hardscrabble reservation where daily lives are a fugue of grief and gumption and grace, foals are being born.