I can not remember the first time I heard the term 'Rez dog' or even remember what the first rez dog I saw looked like. I am positive it had to have happened during my first six months in Shiprock, New Mexico. There are a few dogs there still!
Two years later and a bit wiser and older, I had been bit by a few of rez dogs, prayed for a few and even came to like many of them. Little did I know that this would qualify and prepare me for my first paid film position as a cinematographer for Dina Huntinghorse's documentary 'Rez Dogs'.
The film never got the attention it deserved, nor I had hoped for. I'm glad it at least finally found it's way to youtube. Be warned there are a few disturbing images of some of the harsh realities a rez dog faces in life. Hope some positiveness can come out of this project.
A few screen grabs from the film.