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Summer Sun Winter Moon

Airs Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Native dancers at the 2008 North American Indian Days pow-wow.

Darrell Kipp (left), a Blackfeet Indian poet fighting to save his language from extinction, and Rob Kapilow, a celebrated composer trying to breathe new life into classical music.
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Above: Darrell Kipp (left), a Blackfeet Indian poet fighting to save his language from extinction, and Rob Kapilow, a celebrated composer trying to breathe new life into classical music.

A symphony inspired by the Lewis and Clark expedition brings together two individuals from different worlds: Rob Kapilow, a celebrated composer trying to breathe new life into classical music, and Darrell Robes Kipp, a Blackfeet Indian poet fighting to save his language from extinction. "SUMMER SUN WINTER MOON" tells the story of how their unexpected collaboration creates a unique work of art from the perspective of American Indians today.

Watch the trailer and more video clips online.

JESSE'S DIARY:

View the "Final Cut" version of Jesse's Diary – an intimate look into the life of a teenage boy who resides on his native Blackfeet reservation. The video captures the challenges Jesse faces as a young American Indian growing up in two worlds: modern mid-America and that of his traditional heritage. Emotionally honest and raw, the video is comprised of footage shot by Jesse, himself, with a camera left to him from the producers of "Summer Sun Winter Moon."