Indian Tribe Animates Legend

We’ve been hearing a lot about Indian animation lately, but American Indian animation is a much rarer bird. The Oneida Indian Nation’s Four Directions Prods. announced that it will hold a press conference on Thursday, April 12, at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the completion of its first 3D animated short. The eight-minute film will be based on one of its ancient legends, The Raccoon and the Crawfish. The short will have its world premiere on April 18 at the Syracuse International Film Festival.

The media event will be presided over by Dale Rood, Turtle Clan representative on the Oneida Nation Men’s Council and studio manager for Four Directions Prods., along with Shaun Foster, manager of animation for Four Directions. They will screen the trailer and clips from the production at their studio in Vernon, NY. Those who are not able to attend can register to view the presentation on the Internet by going to