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Documentary | Geoff O'Gara

Generations after Native American children were sent from their reservation homes across the country to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, family members seek to retrieve the stories and the remains of children who were buried far from home on the school grounds. The Carlisle boarding school was the 19th century brainchild of Capt. William Henry Pratt, who theorized that Indians could only be “civilized” if removed from their families and immersed in the culture and manners of the civilization that had conquered their people.

This documentary follows the difficult journey of Soldierwolf and tribal elders as they delve into the controversial history of Indian boarding schools, patch together the historic record and personal stories of the relatives who were shipped away, and, finally, travel to Carlisle to reunite with, and ultimately retrieve, the lost children of their tribe.

57 minutes

Release: July 2021

Geoff O'Gara

Executive Producer/Writer
For over 20 years, Geoff worked for public television as on-camera talent, writer, and documentary producer. His productions have won a variety of prizes, including a Heartland Emmy for best documentary (“Will Rogers & American Politics”, 2011, screenwriter), the National Educational Television Association (NETA) top prize for documentary (“Alan K. Simpson: Nothing Else Matters”, 2012), and NETA’s first place award for public affairs series (“Capitol Outlook”, 2010).

Sophie Barksdale

Co-Producer
Sophie joined Caldera Productions in 2016, having relocated from Australia. Sophie’s career in arts administration has made her an excellent “all-rounder” team member at Caldera. While project management is her forte, her passion is for storytelling through film. Over the past 10 years, she has worked for the Bord Scannan na hEireann/the Irish Film Board and on film festivals in Australia, Ireland and the US, as well as for one of Australia’s premier cultural institutions, The National Gallery of Victoria.

Jordan Dresser (Northern Arapaho)

Associate Producer
Jordan is a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe located on the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming. He has a BA in journalism from the University of Wyoming and has worked as a reporter for the Lincoln Journal Star, the Salt Lake Tribune, the Forum and the Denver Post. In 2009, he became the Public Relations Officer for the Wind River Hotel and Casino in Riverton, WY.