TRIBAL RADIO TRAILER

There are over 35 tribal radio stations scattered throughout the United States on Native American reservations that serve their local communities. They provide a source of traditional tribal music, announcements of ceremonies, community news, personal messages, weather warnings, local sports events, and national native news. Often the stations are manned by a few professionals and volunteers operating on a shoe string budget that is dependent on fund raising and grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

“Tribal Radio” tells the story of the KSUT radio station that is located, in the four corners region, on the Southern Ute reservation in Ignacio, Colorado. Through glimpses into the operations of KSUT tribal radio and its unique connection to the community, tribal activities, and ceremonies (like the Bear Dance and Sundance) it shows the value of Native stations throughout the country. Connecting the announcements and programs to the actual events through video “Tribal Radio” reveals the importance of KSUT to its listeners.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and in turn Tribal Radio stations are often threatened with being defunded. Defunding would cause many Native communities to go dark and the loss of their voices throughout the country. Given the political environment of the present, it is all important to understand the value of local tribal radio stations to the communities that they serve!

Sean on location for “Good Karma” in Nepal

sean in Nepal

 

Sean Wilder Owen an Independent Filmmaker well known for his in depth documentary studies of cultural histories. Often working closely with the Native American Community to help maintain history for generations to come. Sean Wilder Owen is based in Durango, Colorado with his wife artist Polly Walker. He is an avid climber, skier and 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.