Standing Bear's Footsteps

Princella Parker worked as the Associate Producer for Standing Bear's Footsteps, a 60-minute historical documentary which was broadcast nation-wide in October 2012 on PBS. The documentary was funded in part by Vision Maker Media.

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After the Ponca’s were forced to move from their home by the Niobrara to Indian Territory in Oklahoma, Chief Standing Bear's son Bear Shield died of Malaria. Bear Shield’s dying wish was for his father to bury his body in the old Ponca burying ground by the Niobrara, 500 miles away. Standing Bear’s journey to keep his promise to Bear Shield brought him to places he could have never imagined.

Reporter Aden Marshall speaks with Mike Wolf, Richard Lasely, Gary Lasely and Eugene Gilipin about Ponca history and the significance of Chief Standing Bear.

Interviews conducted and edited by Aden Marshall with assistance from Eric Martin.

This film tells the story of Chief Standing Bear, who is known for suing a famous U.S. army general for his freedom. "I am a man," Chief Standing Bear said at his trial. "The same God made us both."


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