Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Crew Films American Indian, Lewis and Clark Expedition Re-Enactors for Revamped Arch Museum

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Crew Films American Indian, Lewis and Clark Expedition Re-Enactors for Revamped Arch Museum

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY * Amid the ongoing massive overhaul of the Gateway Arch grounds, another part of the project got underway Friday further west.

A movie crew captured shots of re-enactors portraying a late- 1700's American Indian hunting scene in a rustic area near Weldon Spring for use in the Arch's revamped Museum of Westward Expansion.

On Saturday, the crew was a few miles south, filming men portraying members of the Lewis and Clark expedition on a replica keelboat on the Missouri River.

The scenes shot this weekend will be displayed on 9-foot-tall video screens that museum visitors will encounter as they enter. Scenes taken previously in Wyoming and Colorado also will be featured in the entrance area, to be called Heading West.

"The idea is to immerse people," said Josh Colover, the chief executive with California-based Aperture Films and the crew's director. "This is the first thing people will see when they go into the museum."

The "stars" of the Friday shoot, on the edge of a pine-shrouded trail at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, were six Native Americans recruited to play the hunting party.

Over and over, they silently and purposefully walked through the forest with bows and flintlock muskets at the ready as a camera on a moving dolly captured multiple takes.

Shouts of "quiet on the set" and "roll camera" and other movie- making lingo added to the atmosphere.

"Raise your gun every so often," Jeremy Turner, 38, advised fellow re-enactors during one brief break between takes.

Turner is an Indianapolis firefighter and a member of the Shawnee tribe who has done re-enactments for about 20 years on movies and at places such as Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.

He said it was an outgrowth from his longtime interest "in the way we used to hunt and live."

"We're historical interpreters of our own culture," Turner said. "We're telling our own story."

Another re-enactor, Levi Randoll, 40, of Copan, Okla., said past portrayals of native Americans had inaccuracies in clothing, hair styles, mannerisms and on other points.

"We knew we could do it better," said Randoll, who works for a Wal-Mart distribution center and in cultural preservation for the Delaware tribe. …

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