"BIRD WOMAN" "BIRD WOMAN"
Bird Woman is a magical realism film set in the early American West. Bird Woman, a captured and pregnant native of the Shoshoni tribe, must return to her tribe to be among her people once again. She discovers her vast, transmigrating powers as Bird Woman; part woman and part eagle when she gives birth, forms a bond with York, the first black man to cross to the Pacific, and leads the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the new American western territories of the early 1800’s.
Captured and raised by the Mandan tribe, she discovers that Lewis and Clark are looking for a translator when the expedition winters at the Mandan reservation. When the tribal elders persuade Clark they must take Sacajawea because they will not find a way west by water and will need a guide, Lewis and Clark are shocked that they must now take a young Indian woman and her baby on a military expedition.
Bird Woman leaves her adopted home; convincing the Expedition she can find her Shoshoni Tribe. Fighting alongside the Expeditioners she has to make heart-wrenching choices between the Indian world and Captain Clark’s world as she discovers her full, resounding powers and her true destiny as the mighty, Bird Woman.