2022, video, 5:27 minutes
In Heseovo’eo’he’e (Sand Creek Massacre), Dr. Richard Littlebear, a descendant of victims of the Sand Creek Massacre, recounts this brutal chapter of American History in the endangered Cheyenne language. He contemplates the horror, loss and ongoing impact of November 29, 1864, when U.S. Cavalry troops massacred more than 200 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho people in what is now Colorado.
Commissioned by History Colorado for The Sand Creek Massacre: The Betrayal that Changed Cheyenne and Arapaho People Forever.
Kasseler Dokfest, Kassel, Germany, November 15-20, 2022
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, Sebastopol, California, March 16-19, 2023
“A prairie in the American West crossed by railways, a lonely tipi and the rough vastness, thought collection at the historic location. In the city: a memorial dedicated to the pioneer’s spirit, the monumental stone architecture of a government building, a demonstration of young Indigenous people, signs bearing names of Indigenous groups. In 1864, U.S. cavalry troops perpetrated a massacre in which at least 200 members of the Cheyenne were killed. Elleni Sclavenitis‘ film montages images testifying to a contested history: an unmarked location and lived praxis in explicit memorials and the implicit evocation of history by urban architects. Against that on the vocal level individual voices and oral tradition from a kin of one of the massacre’s victims.”
-Kasseler Dokfest catalog