UM to Screen ‘Putuparri and the Rainmakers’ Nov. 28

November 20, 2017

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will host a free public screening of the film “Putuparri and the Rainmakers” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the Payne Family Native American Center Room 103.

“Putuparri and the Rainmakers” tells the story of an Aboriginal man living in Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia. It maps out his ancestors’ spiritual connection to the land and his family’s continuing custodianship of it. Tom ‘Putuparri’ Lawford has fought for 20 years to regain his people’s sacred watering hole of Kurtal. Supported by his grandparents, Spider and Dolly, Putuparri navigates the deep chasm between his Western upbringing and his traditional culture. The film won a 2015 CinefestOZ Film Prize.

Jacqueline Williams, an Australian natural resource management expert, will attend the screening and participate in a Q&A session after the film concludes. Light refreshments also will be served.

Williams, who has more than 20 years of applied natural resource management experience, will facilitate a discussion on issues affecting First Nations Peoples and white settlers in Australia who are working to address cultural and environmental issues through different forms of traditional ecological knowledge.

For more information call UM anthropology and Native American studies Professor Neyooxet Greymorning at 406-243-6381 or email


Contact: Neyooxet Greymorning, UM anthropology and Native American studies professor, 406-243-6381,