Shannon Speed, Director
Roadman Documentary Screening and Discussion with Producer Leighton Peterson
Fri, September 13, 2013 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • CLA 1.302D Meeting Room.
Roadman, a documentary film work-in-progress,
explores the origins and complexity of the Native American Church (NAC) through the lens of practicing Cree and Navajo “roadmen,” NAC’s spiritual leaders. NAC, once referred to as the “Peyote Cult,” is a pan-indigenous religion that draws its value system from a mix of traditional Native spiritual beliefs and the principles of early Christianity. Roadman gives a human face to these NAC practicioners as they travel from Canada to the peyote fields in South Texas, deal with the Federal government, and protect their religions freedoms from appropriation and environmental concerns. This project is unique as it positions NAC members within an international context of drug politics, environmental concerns, and Indigenous cultural and religious freedoms – both past and present – and foregrounds participants stories about how they sustain their lifeways. This film was made possible by funds from the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Austin Film Society.