Tuesday, 1 November 2011

The Monument of Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder

photo from http://www.thundermountainmonument.com/history.htm

FolkStreams » The Monument of Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder
Compelling documentary about a man, who had a mystical experience causing him to produce and live in a sculpture with his family: it represents his alienation by modern life and his relationship with eclectic Native American myths that he projects the faces of his loved ones as sub-concious subect matter.

At age 71, Chief Thunder lives in the Nevada desert with his young wife and small children in The Monument, a concrete and stone house he built and decorated with powerful forms and arches. His overwhelming sculptures, "spirits of the living," portray Indian heroes, family, and friends. He created the monument when a voice spoke in a dream, "You are the Big Eagle and the Big Eagle shall return to his nest." His artistry is the testament of a great American folk artist.The film captures the tragedy of his life, his painful isolation, the beauty of his work, and his creative process. Its highlight is a remarkable sequence in which Chief Thunder sculpts a complete piece on camera. Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder was honored as "The Artist of the Year" by the state of Nevada in 1983.

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