From the Ringdocus Channel-
The lines between fantasy and nonfiction blur in this documentary about the mysterious Shunka Warakin, a factual animal that is shrouded in ambiguity and embellishment.
This nine episode series tracks the life and demise of a wolf hybrid in the old west to its present day home, stuffed, in a small Ennis, MT museum. The wolf creature is known as the Shunka Warakin, in Iowan legend, and as Ringdocus to the white settlers, ancestors of Jack Kirby who rediscovered the animal in 2006 and tracked it to its current home.
This series is based loosely on Kirbys tale of his family and his own tracking of the animal. As a crossblend of fiction and nonfiction elements the series aims to explore Old West Americanism and the kill or be killed brand of masculinity that was often needed to survive.
Through a light hearted look at what possesses people to research and track myths, the show will attempt to recreated the attack of the Ringdocus and its eventual slaying by Kirbys relatives, the impact of this creatures demise on the Iowan Indian tribe legend, and the obsessive quest to find the remains of the animal over 100 years later.
Produced by students in the Alternative Narrative course of Spring 2009 at the School of Film and Photography, Montana State University.