ONLINE SCREENING of “SPIRIT OF THE PEAKS”
January 10, 2022, 7:00 P.M. MT
Produced in partnership with Wondercamp and NativesOutdoors, and co-directed by Hunkpapa Lakota skier Connor Ryan, “Spirit of the Peaks” is a film about the struggle for balance between two worlds.
Skiing in Ute Territory has always raised questions for Connor about being in reciprocity with the land and its people. As a skier who connects with the land through sport, he empathizes with the injustices that have displaced the Utes and ongoing colonization, erasure and extraction impacting the Ute people. This story connects conflicted pasts to an awakening in cultural awareness that can create an equitable future for Indigenous people and skiers.
Connor’s mission with the film is to do his part in restoring balance with all inhabitants of these mountains by illuminating the Utes’ culture and traditional knowledge that can benefit everyone in the fight to preserve the land and dissipating snowpack.