Indian Relay

"The hope and determination of modern-day American Indian life is revealed in this film about what it takes to win one of the most exciting forms of horse racing practiced anywhere in the worl

Indian Relay follows multiple teams from different tribes as they compete throughout the Indian Relay season. Many of the teams consist of families with Indian Relay roots stretching back generations. Bragging rights and money are at stake for the teams that compete in the Indian Relay circuit.

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Charles Dye has over 15 years experience working in the development and production of independent documentaries. He is the founder of Dye Film Works, which has produced films such as Indian Relay.

A style of bareback horse racing involving four to eight teams, consist of families with Indian Relay roots stretching back generations. Bragging rights and money are at stake for the teams that compete in the circuit.

For Tribal Nations of the American Rocky Mountains and high plains, the thrilling competition and excitement of Indian Relay gets people talking.  

“At the end of the day, what people sit around and talk about is Indian Relay,” said Charles Dye, the director of the new documentary entitled Indian Relay.

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Vision Maker Media awarded more than $460,000 to seven projects by filmmakers across the nation to produce documentaries for PBS stations. “The goal of the open call is to increase the diversity of voices available to PBS viewers,” says Vision Maker MediaExecutive Director Shirley K. Sneve (Rosebud Sioux). “We encourage Native Americans to take on significant creative leadership roles, such as director, producer and editor. We want Native voices to have creative control, and not just in an advisory capacity.”
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