Documentary by USD Fine Arts Student Screens in Vermillion

Graphic for We Are A Horse Nation documentary.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Native American Cultural Center, in conjunction with the Vermillion Downtown Cultural Association and Vermillion Cultural Programming Committee, presents a celebration of Native American culture with multiple presentations culminating in the documentary screening of “We Are A Horse Nation” at the Coyote Twin Theater, Oct. 23.

The first event, from 3:30 - 5 p.m. at the Vermillion Public Library, will feature James Star Comes Out of the Oglala Lakota, and Redwing Thomas of the Isanti Dakota for a presentation titled, “Horse Regalia of the Ochethi Sakowin.”

The second event, “Horse Nation of the Ochethi Sakowin Exhibition,” will include a reception with the artists and a meal provided by USD Native Student Services from 5-6 p.m. at the Coyote Twin Theater Gallery.

The final event will screen the documentary, “We Are A Horse Nation,” made by USD fine arts graduate student, Keith Braveheart, from 6-8 p.m. in the Coyote Twin Theater. There will be a talkback with the filmmaker and individuals featured in the film in the gallery.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News