Sacajawea, The Windcatcher congratulates our executive producer, John Scott, John Scott Productions, for his recent win of the 2019 Gene Autry Western Heritage Award, in Las Vegas, NV!
John is a seasoned cowboy and true Sage in the Canadian film industry. He brings over 35 years of moviemaking experience to the Sacajawea film. He is a member of the Sacajawea The Movie Production Services corporation, contracted to produce this powerful and unforgettable movie.
Scene Description from Sacajawea, The Windcatcher: As the story of Sacajawea unfolds across this harrowing trek, we get to know the characters. Their spirits and energies move together with surprising unity, despite the circumstances. They are an uncommon and diverse group considering it is 1805, when African Americans and Native Americans are treated as slaves and many of the soldiers are of “mixed blood.” Yet, there is something compelling about this snapshot-in-time and the adventure they find themselves in, together.
Instead of focusing on a particular scene, we are embracing the relationship between three unlikely counterparts: Sacajawea, Captain Clark and Clark’s black slave, York. Life’s journey for Sacajawea and York mirror one another as they know what it is like to be abused, sold or traded at a white man’s whim. In their diversity, their relationship is powerful because they have seen much pain, yet they are both compassionate and caring to all, no matter what their race or status.
Sacajawea is a peacemaker and a guide. By finding wild foods and medicinal plants, she cares for them all. Clark is Sacajawea’s protector on several occasions, and York helps her in many ways, especially with her child. York is also Captain Clark’s protector, and Clark trusts him, maybe for the first time in his life, to carry a gun and scout alone to assure the safety of the group. There is great respect between them all and we see it play out even past the end of the journey…
We can learn much from the Corps of Discovery. Certainly, the literal lessons of survival and pursuit, driven by a will to live and the courage to make it over the ominous mountains. But, the character snapshot captured in the Sacajawea film, has so many more implications to who we are as Spiritual Beings.
If this small group of diverse individuals can move beyond their prejudice and ignorance of the time period, even for just a little while, and come together for incredible success, then we absolutely know acceptance of diversity has the power to change the world.
It is our fervent hope that those watching this majestic film one day, will embrace something that goes beyond the literal, something that is not defined by the frail mind of opinion and judgment. But, instead, that we all will recognize the infinite vibration and energy that is already here, waiting for us to AWAKEN, calling for us to come together. Indeed, believing in who we really are and showing us the way – if we will just embrace it and listen.
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.
Scene Description from Sacajawea, the Windcatcher: It is summer, 1805. Sacajawea and the men are searching for the Shoshone village so they can trade for the horses they need to cross the mountains. Though Sacajawea has been away for four years, she remembers the landscapes, the wild vegetables growing in the meadows, the summer rains. She also remembers the loss of her family, the harsh realities of her life and starvation while her people waited for the buffalo to return. Sacajawea does not forget her teachings and despite the hard memories, she stays true to her belief.
The men pull and push the canoes up the rushing river. And, sometimes they drag the boats, loaded with their baggage, through the rocky dirt because the water is just a trickle. They push on, as they are ordered to do by the captains…
One day, Sacajawea literally jumps for joy when she recognizes Beaver’s Head rock shooting up from the plains. They are near the summer camp of her people! The men see this as, “getting closer to the horses they need.” While Sacajawea sees it in a much deeper way. Through her transparent belief, she claims whatever answers are before her because she knows everything comes from the Great Father…
Sacajawea’s people relied on their Belief to exist. Their circumstance was not always easy. They followed the buffalo for their food, they relied on a shelter of logs and animal skins for their protection, they trusted that the river would keep flowing and the sun would come up and the vegetables would grow in the summer. Sometimes, the things beyond their control caused hunger, sacrifice and loss… They did not always have immediate answers – but their prayers never stopped. They were not distracted by false security like today, for their experiences were on the edge of fear, yet they chose to trust Creator’s brilliant Light.
That is where we must go in our own life. Are we truly happy only when we have enough to eat? Would we share the shirt off our back, even if it meant we would be cold? Would we be willing to go “without” to lift someone else? And, if we have nothing, are we angry, are we fearful, are we driven to take matters into our own hands and hurt someone or ourselves? It is easy to believe when life is easy. But that is not Transparent Belief. The irony of Truth is: When we feel we have nothing, we have an opportunity to remember we actually have everything.
Sacajawea was taught to rely on her instincts and believe her needs would be taken care of because she Loved her Creator — even when all seemed lost. The men of the expedition were from a different world. Sacajawea took the opportunity to show them something else…
Let us pray together in gratitude that Sacajawea’s story will soon be told to a world that needs to hear it. For we know, through transparent belief, the answers we seek are already here!
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!
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!”
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!
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.”
Can you imagine what she thought as her moccasins took each harrowing step? Rain pounded her head with no cover for 26 days. Her baby was hungry and she fed him. The men were starving and she showed them where to find wild vegetables. She wore vermillion on her face because it said to other tribes, “We come in peace.” This saved all their lives.
Sacajawea was kidnapped, abused, enslaved, and traded as property. Yet, when she finally made it to the Great Water, she found the unselfish strength to pray that we would remember something — “The Earth is our Home and we are One.”
This is the purpose of Sacajawea and why she’s brought her message forward to a world in need of remembering. She made a powerful effort to get our attention, and we are so very privileged to give her a voice.
Please join us in this enormous and inspiring effort by contacting us through the BLOG contact page. Walk with us on this journey of discovery.