Facing the Storm documents the complete history of human relations with the largest land mammal on the continent.
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Facing the Storm, a film by Missoula's High Plains Films, exposes the underbelly of Yellowstone bison management, and explores the history and future of bison in the Great Plains.
Facing the Storm is the epic account of ourtempestuous relationship with the iconic symbol of wild America. It explores the inextricable relationship of the Plains Indians with the animal and recounts the harrowing near-destruction of the species in the late nineteenth century -- from an estimated 30 million bison to a mere 23 individuals by 1885. It graphically exposes the annual slaughter of bison outside of Yellowstone National Park, where the largest genetically-pure herd remains in semi-captivity. Finally, the film explores the epic vision -- and monumental obstacles -- to restore bison to immense tracts of the Great Plains. This involves a dramatic transformation of how we understand the Great Plains - from a utilitarian world view to a fully-functional ecosystem that combines a lost culture with modern ecological science and contemporary economies. Facing the Storm shows us that the American bison is not just an icon of a lost world, but may very well show us the path to the future.