|DVD Time Code = 00 08 27|
|Location: Hwy 1A, Stoney Native Reservation|
|GPS: 51d 8m 39.6s -115d 0m 14.82s|
|Map / Satellite Image: Google Link|
|Site Name: Sheep Staging #1|
[Alternately, if you are coming from the cliffs at Seebe (see Chapter 12, 01 09 28, and 01 09 38), turn right (north) onto 1X (the road you came in on), go 2.1 km to intersection of 1A; go right (east) 8.8 km; turn right (south) at “Peacekeepers” building, proceed as directed above.]
The park is officially closed during wintertime though access by foot is feasible, weather permitting. You might want to contact Ray Greenwood, (403) 881-2614, for access arrangements, which may require payment of a $5 fee. Security guards in the area have been known to save paperwork by collecting fees from visitors on the spot.
The snowy peaks that we see in the film are imposed. Though you might be forgiven for missing the similarity, they are the same mountains shown on the postcard that we see in the final scene (Mount Lougheed and Windtower). For a fascinating explanation of how this and other effects were accomplished, see:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPw5plmkd6Q (Groupe Image Buzz Video)
Although this is a park, please be mindful that it is Native land and worthy of special respect. One indignant resident complained to us about “that (expletive) gay cowboy movie.” Though it was painful to hear this, it’s important to remember that Native people certainly have precedent for mistrusting outsiders. As if the legacy of broken treaties and genocide, which parallels U.S. history, was not tragic enough, Christian missionaries in this area did their utmost to demonize homosexuality and two-spiritedness; meanwhile Native youth were taken from reservations for education in church schools where, tragically, some were sexually abused. So in this sorry context, we urge you to respect the Stoney land, and recognize that it takes time, patience and understanding on all sides to correct the wrongs of the past.
For first-person information on this scene, seek out Alberta cowboy Kim Anton who portrays the weathered Basque counter in the sheep-staging scenes. Kim shares his vast knowledge of cowboy history and lore as a guide at the Bar U National Historic Site, a preserved working 19th century cattle ranch 13 km south of Longview on Hwy 22. See:
Pictures of surrounding area:
Revised 28 January 2015