Nishko is a chief's son in the Great Plains, before Europeans arrive. During his rite of passage, he's determined to tame a painted pony. He approaches manhood while his peaceful clan is set upon by a nearby tribe willing to break a treaty. He must also contend with the kidnapping of three young women from his village, his pony's illness behind enemy lines, his mother's coma after a rattlesnake bite, the medicine man's urging that he sacrifice what he loves best, the attack of a cougar and of wolves, and his own injury while alone in the woods. His kindness, bravery, and quick thinking serve him well, but rescue come from an unexpected source. Written by
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The horses are all ridden bareback and with just leather thongs through the mouth, which is much more authentic than in other western movies, that show the horses with bits in the mouths and saddles hidden under furs and skins. See more
Music by Marlin Skiles
Lyrics by Norman Foster See more