Wyoming native Ian Munsick wove Western imagery throughout the narrative of his sophomore album White Buffalo, with one of the project’s core tenants being his passion for his home area, and the relationship between the land, animals, cowboys and Native American tribes.
Starting Jan. 26, Munsick’s documentary White Buffalo: Voices of the West will be available on streaming platforms. Initially, the film will be available on Apple iTunes, Apple, Google Play, Microsoft, Kanopy (Libraries), Vudu, YouTube Rentals and Amazon TVOD. After 60-90 days, the film will be available on Freevee, The Roku Channel and Tubi.
White Buffalo: Voices of the West expands and deepens the themes of the album, offering conversations with Pro Buckin’ Horse producer/entrepreneur from the Blackfoot Tribe Dougie Hall, as well as rancher/horse trainer and actor from the Crow Tribe Stephen Yellowtail, as well as Sammy Jo Bird, cowgrirl from the Blackfeet Nation.
“Some of the best kept secrets are out there, thriving, where the prairie meets the mountains,” Munsick said in a statement. “I was lucky enough to be born and raised in the heart of cowboy country, mostly untouched by the outside world. It’s a culture where Cowboys and Native Americans are one in the same. I’ve always wanted to use my platform to help shed light on what’s been hidden for decades, and Voices of the West was a great way to convey an important message, while artistically collaborating with a people who rarely get the opportunity to have their voices heard.”
The documentary first premiered in December to an intimate crowd gathered at the Beverly Theater in Las Vegas during the National Finals Rodeo. Following a screening of the film, the cast was joined by Cam Mackey, director/cinematographer from the Tohono O’Odham Nation and executive producer Caroline Munsick, for a panel discussion moderated by film, television actor and enrolled member of the Lakota Nations, Mo Brings Plenty.
Meanwhile, Munsick recently teamed up with Cody Johnson for the collaborative track “Long Live Cowgirls,” and is a co-writer on the title track to Johnson’s most recent album, Leather.
See the trailer for White Buffalo: Voices of the West below: