Powwow Highway

Powwow Highway (1989)


Buddy Red Bow is struggling, in the face of persecution, by greedy developers and political in-fighting, to keep his nation on a Montana Cheyenne Reservation financially solvent and independent. Philbert, a simple-minded friend of Buddy's, ardently pursues Native American/First Nation wisdom and lore wherever he can find it--even on Bonanza--in order to earn his warrior name. He's even got his war pony, Protector: a beat-up old wreck of a car. Buddy's sister has been arrested in Santa Fe, and together Buddy and Philbert set off on a road trip to look after her kids and go bail her out. However, Bonnie's arrest has something strange about it as her friend Rabbit points out. As the miles roll by, Philbert's faith challenges Buddy's hard-edged view of the world (and occasional bout of reckless violence), and together they face the realities and dreams of being Cheyenne in the modern-day US as they fight to free Bonnie and her children and elude the Feds.

Director: Jonathan Wacks

Release Date: 1989-02-24
Status: Released
Run time: 88 min / 1:28



A Martinez
Buddy Red Bow
Gary Farmer
Philbert Bono
Joannelle Nadine Romero
Bonnie Red Bow
Amanda Wyss
Rabbit Layton
Sam Vlahos
Chief Joseph
Wayne Waterman
Wolf Tooth
Margot Kane
Geoffrey Rivas
Sandy Youngblood
Roscoe Born
Agent Jack Novall
John Trudell
Louie Short Hair
Graham Greene
Vietnam Vet
Wes Studi
Rodney A. Grant
Brave on Horse


Directing Jonathan Wacks Director
Writing David Seals Novel
Writing Janet Heaney Writer
Writing Jean Stawarz Writer

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