WINDWALKER October 2007 - February 2009
Windwalker, a Native American woman of Mic Mac and Cherokee ancestry, and her 11-year-old daughter Anagqus, travel through southern New Mexico as Windwalker practices her traditional medicine on the townspeople. This takes place along Route 60 in motels, ranches, driveways, gas stations, offices and restaurants.
Windwalker’s great-grandfather painted the backdrops for Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Shows. She spoke often of how she moved out West from New England so she could “step into one of his paintings.” It’s this intersection between myth, art, dream and desire that sets the tone for what became an odyssey into a terrain populated by Vietnam vets, a 9/11 rescue worker, ranchers, and waitresses.
This work is an on-going collaboration between myself, the writer Bett Williams, Windwalker and Anagqus.