a national geographic proposal
Xeni Gwet'in First Nation / Tsilhqot'in first nation
june 2018, british columbia, canada
(possible partnership with Wrangler??)
The Chilcotin is wild horse country. The Xeni Gwet'in people live completely off grid, deep in the Nemiah Valley, and horses still play a central role in daily life.
Every year, elders from Xeni Gwet'in saddle up a team of horses and set out on an 8 day journey across sacred land. They ride through canyons and grasslands, crossing rivers and thick forests, stopping at neighbouring reservations for elders to join. The ride ends in Williams Lake at the annual stampede - a rodeo on the professional circuit where several of the riders compete.
In recent years, the ride has opened up to youth as a way of sharing language and legends.
This year, we've been invited to document the journey