So much in our “every day” is already defined for us, how we should or shouldn’t dress, what music we should or shouldn’t listen to, how we should or shouldn’t feel, what we should or shouldn’t believe… It was no different in Sacajawea’s time. There were people coming from other lands who had their own set of rules. There were trappers and soldiers motivated by commerce for trade and exploitation. There were people stealing from others and families torn apart by selfishness and greed.
But, Sacajawea knew from her Shoshone teachings, there was more to understand than what was obvious in the world. She prepared for a love that was not to be, and she rose to her deepest self when she became a mother, even though she was still a child.
Please support this enormous effort to tell the important and true story of Sacajawea. Our purpose is defined by the path we have walked. We have had to allow a remembering of our own spiritual selves, to put our purpose before us, no matter what, and to protect this sacred Indigenous life path so it is told in Truth and authenticity.
There are so many ways to support Sacajawea. Take a few minutes and visit our links, become active by sharing our posts, joining our groups and visiting our store. What we have undertaken is not an easy endeavor, we need your help to reach the world. Thank you so very, very much!
Broken Hand Productions is honored to be producing the teaser reel for the epic feature film, Sacajawea, The Windcatcher. This teaser, “The Shell,” would not have happened without the commitment from a visionary investor and the film’s production team. These people have a passion for Sacajawea and for giving life to her story!
Blaine C. Ginther is an Executive Producer for the feature film. He is devoted to bringing in the funds needed to keep the production moving forward! Blaine embraces a reverence for history and he is committed to this amazing project with all his heart.
Kaaren Ochoa is a Producer/2nd Unit Director for the feature film and has been with the project since 2014. She and her husband, Doug, drove all the way from NM to OR to Direct the teaser reel. Her devotion astounds us and she has always seen the most wonderful, powerful vision for the story, that has taken us down many paths on this journey!
Susan Funk is a Co-Producer for the feature film and has been with the project since 2015. As Producer of the teaser, Susan worked very hard to coordinate the details, the actors, the locations, the editor. She is of the Flathead Nation, and believes in our purpose. Susan has always been an encouragement and she’s given so much to this production.
Shawna Fitzpatrick is the Costume Assistant for the feature film and Costumer for the teaser reel. She did a fantastic job of gathering authentic costumes, working with Wendy Partridge, one of the costume designers on the feature film. Shawna is pouring herself into the Sacajawea productions including the Warrior Woman Spirit campaign, the Spirit Wind Collection online store and other associated projects.
Kevin England and Vincent Caldoni are the Cinematographers for the teaser reel. These gentlemen were incredible to work with and their vision for this production, utilizing their equipment, including a drone, captured the glorious scenery and magnificent sky to make “The Shell” deeply emotional and dynamic.
Gia Fisher and Scott Morgan, are the Actors who played “Sacajawea” and the “Spirit Chief” for the teaser reel. The connection was immediate between them, and it transferred its energy to the filming. Just in this teaser reel, watching the actors perform through their expressions and the body language, brought tears to our eyes. It is going to be absolutely magical! We thank Gia’s mother, Rebecca, for her support and love for Gia and for accepting this opportunity!
Jacob Halseth is the Production Assistant/Photographer for the teaser reel. At 16 years old, we were very proud of Jacob’s commitment to brave the cold and wind to get the photos and footage we needed to continue our posts on social media, as we generate excitement for the project.
Laura Roe is the Video Editor for the teaser reel production. She was recommended by members of our production team. We believe Laura will take all the pieces we have brought together, and create a promotional tool that will attract major investors. Laura’s expertise and talent will unfold a magnificent, emotional journey, worthy of Sacajawea and the overall film production.
Sarah Ortegon and Dennis Ambriz are the Voiceover Actors for the teaser reel. Sarah is also an Associate Producer and Dennis is an actor for the feature film. They have taken the words of the teaser script to transform the actions of Gia and Scott into a compelling and inspirationally dramatic experience for the audience.
Marcia K. Moore is the Concept Artist for the feature film, and also for the teaser. In the “The Shell,” as Sacajawea speaks to us about her “Spirit Chief” and how she met people who were different from her own on the Lewis and Clark journey, we see Marcia’s concept art. It will give us a glimpse of our vision for the feature film and the magnificent characters we will see.
Ronald Owen is the Composer for the feature film and the teaser reel. Ronald’s music grabs us in the very beginning of the teaser and builds our emotions through the arc, to the very powerful ending. Coupled with Native drums, this background music is both professional and moving, and it will bring the vibrant effect we have imagined.
Even though the teaser is less than 3 minutes long, it will tug at hearts and show, through words, visuals and music, our undying devotion to authenticity and making sure Sacajawea and her message are represented in the most beautiful and profound way to the world. Thank you to each one of these passionate and devoted team members. We are so very blessed each and every day.
SACAJAWEA UPDATE! February 8th, 2019, we are off to the Great Water to produce our first emotional and epic teaser reel, “The Shell.” Our journey will take us to the Oregon coastline where wind, rain and snow are in the forecast! Indeed, we are embarking on a true adventure!
“The Shell,” is a powerful and beautiful short video that will capture the very essence and spiritual meaning of the feature film, Sacajawea, The Windcatcher. It will grab hearts everywhere, and not let go!
Check back here this weekend for updates as the filming progresses! Watch for photos and video clips to share with others! We want the world to know that the Warrior Woman, Sacajawea, is catching the wind!
Several years ago we had the pleasure of meeting an actor, and a true gentleman, by the name of Dennis Ambriz. He first attracted our attention through social media and our search for the perfect “face” and “voice” for an Indigenous series we were working on at the time.
As we got to know Dennis and his love for his family and acting, we learned how his film career began to take shape. In his younger years, he started as a bodybuilder, competing in California State contests. At that time, he also began acting classes not knowing when, or if, the opportunity of real acting would ever come along. Years later, in 1996, Dennis’ chance came through the film, Almost Heroes. They were looking for Native Americans, and he showed up at his audition in full regalia. He almost got a speaking part but ended up as a featured extra. But, the process of actually being on a movie set and creating a character cemented his love for “moviemaking.”
“I was thrilled with the opportunity and the whole process of bringing the movie to life. I knew I could be a principal actor if I studied. My teacher saw my passion and filled me with ideas, thoughts and lots of practical acting work, and I grew as an actor. These acting classes taught me a lot about myself as a person and an Oscar Wilde quote challenged my thinking on myself and acting, ‘Be Yourself, Everyone else is Taken.’”
~ Dennis Ambriz
Through his love for storytelling and his creative imagination, Dennis has become an actor who can put himself into the part and carry the message through. His career has taken him from theater to TV to feature films. Some of his most notable productions include — Theater:Chief Joseph (lead), Who Killed Jane, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (lead) and It’s a Wonderful Life; TV:Out of the Woods (Hallmark) and Scare Tactics (lead); Film:The Secret of Wilson Hill (lead), Crooked Arrow (lead), Cowboys and Indians, Hidalgo, Goodbye My Love and Almost Heroes.
Sacajawea, The Windcatcher’s production team is so grateful and proud to include Dennis Ambriz in our film as Raven Brave. This is a character of history who does not go on the expedition to the Great Water, but he has a significant part in the story we are going to tell. In a meeting with Thomas Jefferson, Raven Brave, the Arikara chief, delivers a powerful, universal message. It is a message we must listen to even in our time.
We invite you to watch for our updates as we continue to soar in 2019 for Sacajawea. Dennis’ voice will also be heard on our upcoming teaser reel to be posted on our Youtube channel over the coming months.
We are committed to the power of creativity, imagination, transparent faith and the belief in something greater than our humanness, which is quite magical! We want you to come with us on this unique and life-changing journey. Follow us and share our posts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, IMDB. Get updates directly from our website – see all the links below and don’t miss a second!
As Dennis says, and we take to heart, “Perseverance, determination and a continued love of the work – there’s nothing like it! Remember you are enough, you were created in a very special way. Own who you are and run with it!”
Growing up, I never imagined life would take me on a journey that required absolute belief. Not belief in a thing or a person, but belief in something unseen, intangible and abstract…. A belief requiring the willingness to step outside of “self” and “mind.” I still work at it every day. It takes much prayer and walking forward, even when I do not know the answers…
These truths were also real for Sacajawea in 1805, and she knew them from her journey as a Shoshone girl. She was blessed with persistent determination. And with the heart of a warrior and the spirit of a raptor, she soars on eagle’s wings and rides the wind, even today. Unseen, yes… intangible, yes… abstract, yes…. and absolutely real.
We are called, and we are here to tell the untold story of Sacajawea – both her literal walk and her Spiritual quest. As Sacajawea did, we also must awaken and believe in this Truth: It is our Spirit, and our Spiritual health, that carries us in life, and after life, through intuition, determined faith and transparent belief in the infinite Oneness of a timeless energy — and that is Forever.
Come with us and follow this journey. See something greater outside your mind and body. Embrace the Love you already are. The world will change when we awaken. Let us soar on eagle’s wings.
With her fingertips, she holds the wind – a symbol of air calls to her spirit. It is time to release and share her words with the world.
Sacajawea carries mankind on her back for it is her Calling as a Mother, as a Warrior. Pain, heartache and loss show on her hands, the burden of her human experience. But they do not define her Purpose.
With the force of a whirlwind she has come over mighty rivers and magnificent, ominous mountains – determined to reach the Great Water with her prayers. “Holy” prayers, destined to embrace every shore. Sacajawea is awakening us. Her story rides on that wind calling us to something greater than ourselves!
This is her year, and though it has taken us so long to bring her story, in the blink of an eye it is her perfect time – for the world is open to hear.
We cherish your encouragement, your belief and your incredible love for this project. Gather around… let us walk together toward our dream, and hers, in 2019.
Powerful sketch by Marcia K Moore, concept artist for the epic film, Sacajawea, The Windcatcher.
One night in 2014, I was awakened from a deep sleep. At the time, I was in Los Angeles, trying to get the multimillion dollar movie, Sacajawea, The Windcatcher, produced. I thought that was why I had to go there, why I had to “disrupt” my life in Washington and give it everything I had…
… But, that night at 3 AM, it all changed. I sat up in bed and reached for the script I always had lying beside me, ready to write down spirit words that sometimes came in the night. This night, however, the words and the energy I felt were more powerful; they were innately vital to where the film project was going:
“Embrace the world with love words, and the world will be changed.”
I wouldn’t fully know what that message meant until several years later. But, one thing I believed that night, the project purpose had shifted in my limited understanding, to something far greater.
In 2018, the light began to shine brighter. Circumstances were happening in the world — both dark and light — that were moving us to an “awakening” space. Women were stepping forward, beginning to take their rightful place with bold resolve. But, when the injustices to Indigenous women, who were lost, stolen, abused and even murdered, were being reported around the world, I was so distraught. For, I realized Sacajawea was, in fact, one of them. The revealed meaning of her story became more transparent, the messages in the night became more profound, the waking-up of women and Sacajawea’s undaunted efforts to come to us in our time became more Spiritual. All are part of the change we seek for humanity. Her destiny rings true for Love, Peace and Oneness, something we long for in our souls.
Illumination — So, we end this year and begin the next, to align ourselves with others on the same journey. As we continue to produce this enormous film, we want everyone to experience the journey with us – for it is magical! One of our first steps is to honor the women’s movement, shine a light on the plight of Indigenous women around the world, tapping into the warrior woman spirit that is awakening.
Today, we embrace the world with “love words” so the world will continue to change! Our new website, WarriorWomanSpirit.com, is launched to carry the stories of warrior women who lift and heal us all. We invite you to read our very first blog post by Susan Hickman Sater, “Even in despair, you can rise!” at:
After you read the blog, visit the website contact page, fill in the form and connect with us – we want you to tell your story to help others. Our passion is to post the stories of 100 women! Please help by sharing these links and posts with your friends and contacts. Thank you so very much!
In the few short weeks since Sarah Ortegon joined the Sacajawea project, she has added so much to the production and lifted the energy that drives our magnificent quest. What a joy to get to know this gifted and spiritually-driven young woman. But, before I tell you about Sarah, I want to explain, personally, why she means so much to me. And, why I am deeply grateful for her Shoshone association, her life and the experiences that brought her to Sacajawea’s story.
When I began writing Sacajawea, The Windcatcher, I didn’t understand the depth of purpose and the powerful spiritual connections that would be required along this harrowing, yet magical path. I always knew in my heart Sacajawea deserved for the world to truly know her, not through my physical eyes (because I could not fully see), but through Spirit and the cultures and traditions she lived and loved.
So, on three occasions, between 2011 and 2013, I journeyed to Idaho to meet with Sacajawea’s People, the Agai-dika Shoshone. I developed a meaningful relationship with liaison, Leo Ariwite, a descendant of Sacajawea’s family. Leo and I presented the project together to council members and associates.
I share this because I want you to know our greatest passion is that Sacajawea’s People know the story we are telling and that the character portrayal of Sacajawea is true, through her eyes. What stirred my joy when executive producer, Blaine Ginther, introduced Sarah Ortegon to our production team was her genuine, life-long devotion to Sacajawea, her challenging and illuminating life experiences, her faith, and most of all, her wise spirit.
Sarah Ortegon was born in Denver, Colorado. She is enrolled Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho. In 2013, she graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, with a concentration in drawing. In August 2013, she was crowned Miss Native American, USA. Soon after, Sarah started touring with the Native Pride Dancers, traveling and performing the jingle dress dance in the US, Moldova, Europe and Guatemala.
Sarah was the featured artist for the opening of MALCS Conference in 2016, at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY. She is now published in the MALCS journal.
Most recently, Sarah is pursuing her acting career. She was cast in a play in Denver, CO, in February of 2016, entitled Black Elk Speaks. From there, she was cast in a musical Sitting Bulls Last Waltz, which premiered in Hollywood, California, for the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June-July of 2016. Sarah was also cast as an extra in the BBC/NBC Sky 1 miniseries, Jamestown, which filmed in Budapest in August 2016, for a 2017 showing. Sarah returned for season three of Jamestown, in 2017.
Outside of her acting career, Sarah honed her project management and organizational skills as an office manager for a law firm, Smith & Shellenberger, LLC, which focuses on Indian Law and Family Law. She also continues her art career for the Dawson Art project in Colorado Springs where she will have a solo art show.
Sarah Ortegon brings a genuine love to the Sacajawea production team. Her Indigenous connection to the Shoshone and Arapaho people gives her the Spirit, Mind and Body to capture truth and authenticity for the story, which is at the heart of what we are called to do. We welcome Sarah, and look forward to greatness, as more opportunities unfold for her on the Sacajawea production. Let us soar to new heights!
Jane L. Fitzpatrick, Writer/Executive Producer
Scene Description: Boinair’s (Sacajawea) life as a child is filled with love, family and friends… Her people are nomadic, following the buffalo in season. Sometimes food is abundant, and other times scarce – but always they believe the Great Spirit cares for them and brings them everything they need. After four years of captivity, Sacajawea returns to her people with the Corps of Discovery. She longs for the man she loves and believes he is waiting for her return. It is hard to see so many loved ones gone – stolen or worse. Her tribe is hungry, waiting for the buffalo hunt, and mourning their many lost. Her family embraces her, but something in her young life is about to change — something she doesn’t expect that nearly crushes her spirit. A broken heart is the worse pain of all.
It is for “Women” that Sacajawea brings her story to us in our time. It is humbling to share how her spirit has been essential to my own life and growth. She has touched me in so many ways…
When I was a little girl, I was loved and cared for by family and friends. I had a nurturing mother and father who did not fight or abuse me – they were the embodiment of loving kindness and gentle spirits.
When I was 20 years old, I was married in a flowing, white gown, to a man I loved with all my young heart. I thought my life would continue in peace and harmony. We would have children and raise them to be strong and good in every way, with a mommy and daddy to love them.
Let me just say….
The spirit realm and Creator work in mysterious ways. From our deepest self, we call what we need to learn for the path we have been given. Sometimes it takes a lifetime of pain before we realize that — sometimes we never see. I did not know at the time of my marriage, that my path would lead me to write the story of Sacajawea, and I did not know her spirit was with me already. At the time, my life was easy and filled with light. Deep darkness had not shown its face, and because of that, I was not yet whole…
After nearly four years of marriage we had a beautiful daughter — and a couple years later, a son. Life seemed to be unfolding before me just as I had expected…
The Great Mystery…
I tell this story to show you how Spirit works in our lives. No matter how dark it gets, Creator wants to give us the desires of our hearts. In order for us to truly see, we must understand, circumspectly, the light and the dark, for both are the desires we seek to learn from. Only in that way, can we transparently embrace what Creator has for us…
So, I want to tell you about the moment I realized there was deep darkness in the world. If someone had asked me if the world was dark, I would have said, “Yes, of course,” not wanting to appear naïve, “There is sadness everywhere.” But, I would not have truly known, because up to this point at 27 years old, I was not able to know.
It was the beginning of summer… My baby was 6 months old and my daughter was 2 ½. We were gearing up for a wonderful season of walks with the stroller and trips to my parent’s lake cabin. It seems surreal, looking back — but one day in time, through a brave, caring soul, I learned my husband was unfaithful.
Sitting on the porch that night, knowing he was with someone else, was the most horrific and devastating night of my life. I cried, I screamed, I prayed, I was confused, I didn’t understand… My heart was turning inside-out and ripping apart. I was so alone. And, yet, not alone — I literally felt something pressing down on my right shoulder, and I thought it must be the hand of God.
The Universe at work…
It would be 25 years before I would write Sacajawea’s story, and before I would become aware of her presence in my life. But, once I woke up to that awareness, everything made sense — I realized and recognized what I felt that night pressing down on me…
It was her sweet spirit. I have felt it many times since. She cried with me then, in my darkest hour.
That night, I learned something. That night, I became whole. That night, I had to walk on, for even though I didn’t know it, the true love of my life was to come. It was many years before I could completely break down the barriers and hurts from my broken heart, but forgiveness helped me heal with a clearer vision of pure love.
As with Sacajawea, she believed her betrothed would love her forever – he’d accept her back if she could get home. But, that was not her path…
I never would have known what Sacajawea felt if I had not experienced what I did in my life. I was Called to write her story, and I was given the tools I needed along the way. We have to trust Creator. The step we take after heartache is our choice. As women, no matter what happens on our journey, we are created to be nurturers, caretakers and givers-of-life. How will we use what we are shown, how will we grow from it, how will we share ourselves with others to fulfill our rightful place?
Even in the midst of Sacajawea’s greatest heartache, she made a choice. She walked on. She rose to a new purpose. She was Called, and answered the Call, to bring her story to us in our time… Sacajawea shows us transparent Love, Light and Peace, and that is what will empower and change the world. ~ Jane L. Fitzpatrick
“The honor of the people lies in the moccasin tracks of the women.”
Scene Description: It is August 17, 1805, Camp Fortunate, Shoshone camp. After a long and arduous trek, Sacajawea’s uncle (brother) Chief Cameahwait, tells her she cannot stay with her people because she has a child and belongs to the “white man.” This is the darkest, most hurtful moment in the young woman’s life. She’s given up everything to get back home. When she was first taken by the Hidatsa, her life was harsh as a slave, but things got better, she developed a friendship with Otter Woman, and she was safe, warm and fed. Her choice to go on this harrowing journey was motivated by love for the future husband she’d left behind. Until this very moment, she truly believed he would surely be waiting, no matter what, and he would want her back. It was hard to see the blessing…
There are many horrendous experiences in Sacajawea’s story that would cause most people today to give up. Hiking for 26 days in the pouring rain, without cover, and carrying a crying baby on her back, was not for the faint-of-heart. Many people today could not imagine a life without running water or an electric stove. They’d be devastated without a roof over their head, a TV or the latest cell phone in their hand. Today, our day-to-day needs are taken for granted, and without even the simplest modern convenience, many have believed their life was over – with nothing to live for.
But, our greatest strength is our inner fortitude, our ability to spiritually see beyond our current experience, good or bad, and know that in truth our every need is taken care of – even the birds of the air are clothed in splendor. Yes, there are consequences to our decisions, and, unfortunately, the decisions others make for us. But, Sacajawea had a driving force within to push her toward the unknown. And, when she realized she could not stay, it moved her to another place. She could have ignored Cameahwait’s words, with great heartache ahead, or she could have listened to her intuition, her Spirit’s call, and walked on, believing in faith there was a greater purpose…
Sacajawea, The Windcatcher, shows us something if we are open to see. If Sacajawea had made a different choice and stayed with her people anyway, she probably would not have been an icon of history and we would not have heard her message of Oneness and Love through this story today.
The Indigenous truth, “The end is the beginning,” creates a continuous circle, which is part of Nature. It will not and cannot be broken, it is infinite. Our experiences in life cause us to make choices. When we dwell on our heartache and needs “as lacking,” we miss what is there for us, and we hide our own blessings – blessings that may extend to future generations. ~ Spirit Wind
“A strong woman is one who deeply loves. Fiercely, her tears flow as abundantly as her laughter. A strong woman is both soft and powerful. She is both practical and spiritual. A strong woman in her essence is a gift to the world.” ~Native American saying