THE OLD WAYS
Inspired by true stories, the Shadow Wolves are elite fighters and trackers who keep the Old Ways alive by passing down the epic oral history of Native Americans from generation to generation. Now, with the help of a ragtag group of Marines, they’re about to put the War on Terror into overdrive – on horseback – in the Wild West of Afghanistan.
In 2001 the Department of Homeland Security reconvened the Shadow Wolves for the first time in thirty years. Back in the 1970s, these Native American trackers were deputized to hunt down drug cartels along the American border. Now, they are being recruited to train special forces in Afghanistan to track down the perpetrators of 9/11.
During their rigorous training in the Hindu Kush mountains, the Shadow Wolves teach new skills to the troops while recounting key events in Native American history. Inspired by true events, this film not only explores the unique history of the Shadow Wolves, but also the epic verbal record of the proud tribes that inhabited the American continents before the arrival of Europeans – tribes whose culture and traditions live on today through the Shadow Wolves.
In modern times, the Shadow Wolves have become an eclectic group, with African Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans among their ranks. These brave men and women share not only Native American heritage and traditions, but also awe-inspiring stories from hundreds of years of freedom fighting. Now, in the Wild West of Afghanistan, they’re about to use the Old Ways to put the War on Terror into overdrive.
POPAY rides to the battlefield on horseback, even in twenty-first century Afghanistan. He and his team of Shadow Wolves have been sent to the front lines of the War on Terror to train Marines in alternative methods of warfare. His grandfather became the last Sioux War Chief after leading a war party against the Nazis, and his ancient ancestor led the first slave rebellion in the history of the Americas. Popay’s namesake was a Pueblo who led his people to freedom by stealing horses from the Spanish conquistadors. Five hundred years later, the brave Pueblo’s descendant is stealing horses from the Taliban terrorists in a quest to become a war chief in his own right.
JOHN HORSE is part African, part Seminole, and he travelled to Afghanistan on a personal mission to free the slaves working in the Taliban’s opium fields. His ancestor was the son of a South Carolina slave woman and a Seminole brave. Two hundred years ago, John Horse instigated one of the biggest slave revolts the antebellum South ever witnessed, and he led his slave army to freedom long before the Civil War. As a child, John Horse fought a duel with Andrew Jackson and lived to tell the tale. Next, he united Seminole braves with freed slaves to fight the mighty US Army to a historic stalemate. Over a century and a half later, John Horse’s descendant is on horseback in the mountains of Afghanistan on a mission to carry on his family tradition of freeing slaves - or die trying.
JIKON is an ancient Native American name meaning “she who lives on the road to war.” Jikon was the beautiful-yet-intimidating Clan Matron of the Iroquois tribe in pre-Columbian New York. Known for her uncanny ability to “knock the antlers” off impetuous chiefs, Jikon could bring any man down to size with just a few words. A thousand years later, her descendent travels to Afghanistan with the Shadow Wolves, ready and willing to knock the antlers off anybody who gets in her way.
LIEUTENANT COLE is the highest ranking officer left after his armored vehicle hits an IED. Cole leads his Marines in a last stand behind a pile of rubble until their ammo runs out. He doesn’t have time to question the Native Americans that inexplicably show up to rescue his men. Brave, rough, and ready, Cole is willing to do just about anything to take out the Taliban – that is, until Jikon suggests that he lead from horseback. Cole has never ridden a horse in his life, but Jikon is not the kind of woman you say no to.