In November 2014 I started a project about the Wyoming landscape and her native roots. Coming from the Netherlands a small country on reclaimed land I’ve always been interested in origin stories and alternative histories of place.
Through my particular fascination with creation mythsI came across the Crow Creation story. The Crow are the native people that lived around the Yellowstone River Valley for centuries. It only seemed appropriate to work with this story as a narrative for the film installation I am working on.
During my stay at the Ucross FoundationI had the honor to meetMr. Grant Bulltail, one of the last remaining story tellers of the Crow Nation. We met in Hot Spring County, brought together by Dr. Sharon Kahin, (executive director of the The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum). Mr. Bulltail shared with us the Crow creation storyinhis native language. His beautiful voice and story will be part of a new installation filled with imagery from the Wyoming landscape.
In this book fragments of Mr. Bulltail’s story are placed alongside film stills that were shot around the Ucross Foundation area.
Text Fragments: Grant Bulltail
Film stills and graphics Tanja Engelberts
Special thanks to:
Stroom The Hague
The photographs show a selection of pages of the book.