An uncompleted fragment of the Hidatsa creation legend awaits resolution at the confluence of the Missouri and Knife Rivers. Terrance Rein is at the front side of his cultural history. Franklin Graybull, a Hidatsa spirit trapped in a tree, fears the end of his culture’s 10,000 year run. Terrance discovers his wise and gentle friend will defend the continuation of the Hidatsa tradition with blunt force. The primitive and remote Knife River Flint Mine, with scenery as beautiful as the translucent stones she holds, produces two pre-historic artifacts to assist Franklin and Terrance. Working together, they find Mason Whiteeagle, a young, vulnerable Hidatsa, in an unlikely place.
Harsh winters with brutal consequences yielding to the aching beauty of restorative summers is not the trick of Dances with Wolves Cinematography or a relic of history. It is real and still exists in North Dakota. “Flint Knapper” is inspired by experiences in Hidatsa Country.