One of several PBS TV trailers for the feature documentary, FACING THE STORM: STORY OF THE AMERICAN BISON. The documentary is the epic account of our tempestuous relationship with the iconic symbol of wild America. The American bison once dominated the plains of North America, numbering in the tens of millions. Native Plains Indians shared a sacred relationship with the species that went far beyond survival and sustenance. Then, in the nineteenth century, they were nearly eradicated from the continent, and an entire Plains culture was forever changed. FACING THE STORM recounts this harrowing history, and thoroughly explores the future of bison in the twenty-first century. It graphically exposes the annual slaughter of bison outside of Yellowstone National Park. Finally, the film explores the epic vision—and monumental obstacles—to restore bison to immense tracts of the Great Plains. This involves a dramatic transformation of how we understand the Great Plains - from a utilitarian worldview to a fully-functional ecosystem that combines a lost culture with modern science and innovative economies. FACING THE STORM shows us that the American bison is not just an icon of a lost world, but may very well show us the path to a more sustainable future. A Co-Production with The Independent Television Service (ITVS) & Montana Public Television.