Defending the Fire

DVDs and licenses available. Contact Pam Pierce for information at 505-820-0552 or

Since the beginning of time, Native American Warriors have navigated a unique cultural and spiritual path, relying on the tenets of the Warrior in ancient and modern warfare. The lessons of the Warrior are universal; the spirit of the Warrior survives, even in the face of conflict.

With a focus on the spiritual and historic journey of Native American Warriors, Silver Bullet Productions will present the story of the Warrior, the importance of cultures in modern quests, and the lessons of War through the lens of these cultures. The characters will be elders and historians from New Mexican tribes and Native veterans of World War II, and the Korean, Vietnam and Afghanistan/Iraq conflicts. Grounded in research and guided by voices of men and women in our armed forces, the documentary will reveal the distinct motive, preparation, conflict, and healing of tribal soldiers.

And So We Walked, May 23

An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears

Written and Performed by DELANNA STUDI

A frank, heartwarming and inspiring story of a contemporary Cherokee woman and her father who embark on a 900-mile journey along the Trail of Tears to understand her identity and the conflicts remaining for this nation and the Cherokee nation.

This live performance is a powerful, multi-faceted dramatic memoir that conveys the complexities and conflict with which the Cherokee wrestle.

DeLanna Studi’s (Cherokee) Off-Broadway Debut in Informed Consent, at the Duke Theater on 42nd Street, was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, which described her performance as “moving gravity”. She was a company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where she was one of only 10 Native people to have done so.


PRESALE TICKETS: 3/15 – 3/31, code: SILVER

$55 – 100

Regular Tickets on Sale 4/1

Silver Bullet Productions is a 501(c)3 organization. Your donations support educational projects in tribal communities.





Jay Grodin Foundation

Indigenous Language Institute

Maura Dhu and Wes Studi

Jeffrey and Darlene Anderson


Join us for a private reception immediately following the performance at Manitou Gallery.

Enjoy wine, light bites, and the opportunity to meet those associated with this amazing production.

123 West Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501


TICKETS $50 – Reservations limited ($41 of the $50 is tax deductible)

Special Appreciation to the Manitou Gallery

Defending the Fire will be offered by NM PBS nationwide starting Feb 15

Follow the journey of the Native Warrior as he (and she) continue conflict resolution in order to survive and secure resources and culture. The answer to “Why Fight” requires a complex look at the truth through decades of stereotypes and misperceptions. To Protect and Defend – the cohesive thread that connects generations and tribes.

Defending the Fire Premiere Screening

What a wonderful evening! Wednesday, March 29 we held the premiere screening of Defending the Fire at the charming Jean Cocteau Theater. Special THANK YOUs go out to all: First to the special audience of those in the film, including artists and advisors. Second to a sold out audience of ticket holders, interested in the topic of the Warrior, and supportive of Silver Bullet Productions’ projects.

Thank you for the Jean Cocteau for sponsoring the night.

Advisory members: Associate Producers Dr. Matthew Martinez (Ohkay Owingeh) and Jhane Meyers (Comanche/Blackfeet); Mescalero Apache ; The Goodluck Family, Kathy Whitman Elk Woman

Question and Answer after the film: Wes Studi (cherokee), Chairman Jeff Haozous (Ft. Sill Apache) John Baillon (Dine’/Santo Domingo)

Special thanks to photographer Linda Lynn Carfagno


Phillip and Jhane Myers

Phillip & Jhane Myers

Phillip Myers, a young Warrior, student, and his mother, Jhane Myers, Comanche/Blackfeet, contemporary artist, film Producer, and Board of Directors member for Silver Bullet Productions. Each invested in living their culture, securing their traditions.

Musician Raye Zaragoza

Raye Zaragoza

Thank you, Raye Zaragoza, for lending your musical voice to Defending the Fire.

A Native American/Taiwanese singer songwriter, Raye shares her music with people throughout America. Her latest, “In the River: A Protest Song”, was dedicated to the Standing Rock Sioux. Listen. You can hear why we are touched by her music and honored to include her musical message in Defending the Fire.

Tribal Advisors Reviewed the Rough Cut of Defending the Fire

Defending the Fire Advisors


Tribal advisors are essential to every Silver Bullet Productions’ documentary. Members of the Fort Sill Apache, Navajo/Santo Domingo, Navajo, Comanche, Santa Clara, Mescalera Apache, Cochiti tribes met with the SBP Production team to review the rough cut of Defending the Fire. Their tasks:  accuracy and respect, and unified goal of quality story telling.

Warrior Kooper Curley

Kooper Curley

Kooper Curley, Dine’, part of our documentary Defending the Fire, reminds us all what is worth fighting for. Standing Rock young Warrior, fighting for what Warriors through time have sought: land, water, culture, and spirit.

Warrior Wes Studi

Wes Studi

Vietnam War Veteran, advocate for American Indian Movement at Wounded Knee, and one who stands with Standing Rock…a true Warrior. Thank you, Wes Studi, Cherokee actor and cultural guardian, for participating in Silver Bullet Productions’ documentary on the Warrior through time.

Warrior Robert Trivino

U.S. Army SGM Robert Trivino, Cochiti Pueblo and Yaqui Tribe

What an honor to interview U.S. Army SGM Robert Trivino, Cochiti Pueblo and Yaqui Tribe. Author of A Warrior’s Path, Robert lives the Warrior’s life, and epitomizes the character of a Warrior through time. Thank you, Robert (Evergreen Mountain), for your service as a member of the 25th Ranger Regiment and of the Special Missions Unit under the US Army Special Operations Command.

Tribal Advisors Selected

Silver Bullet Productions proudly thanks the tribal Advisors who will guide the next SBP documentary on the ancient Warrior. These tribal leaders, historians, and veterans are from the Pueblos Pojoaque, Acoma, Laguna, Santo Domingo, Santa Clara, Santa Felipe, Zuni, and Cochiti, and are Jicarilla Apache, Fort Sill Apache, Navajo, Mandan Hidatsu Nation, Lakota, and Commence/Blackfoot. The documentary will benefit from their cultural sensibilities, oral histories, and modern Warrior experience as veterans and leaders. It is the policy of Silver Bullet Productions to rely on the guidance of tribal Advisors.

The Advisors and Production team formally started the production process with a lunch at the beautiful La Mesita Ranch, Pojoaque Pueblo, on March 8th.

Thank you to Idak Fierro and Buffalo Thunder Hotel and Resort for being a contributing Sponsor.

Support for this project is made possible through the generous contributions of the following people and organizations:

SJ and Mildred Whalen Foundation
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Manisha Thakor
Patricia Whalen Hawley
Patrick T. Tanabe Family Fund

Starr Wolle Mayer
Cheryll Wolle Brounstein
Angela Wolle
C. Suzanne Landers

S. Denise McCrary
John Wilcynski
Jan Chavez Wilcynski
Judy and John Paul Miller
Jhane Myers

Neil Francis Smith Mescalero Apache;
Dr. Shadowwalker Mescalero Apache

Sgt. U.S. Army Patricia Cate, San Felipe Pueblo

Forrest Goodluck Dine, Hidatsa/Mandan/Tsimshian

We invite you to support this project, share in the pride that will come from completion of another quality use of film to engage students and communities, to shatter stereotypes, and to stimulate pride or changed perceptions. To find out more please contact Silver Bullet Productions at 505-820-0552 or