Clearwater Progress

Clearwater Progress (2021), HD Video, Stereo

Richard Hernandez on the night of 9/22/20:

Happiness is like getting rid of a headache. Satisfaction is almost the same thing.

Richard Hernandez on the night of 11/2/20:

My family, we all come from agricultural life. That’s essentially our heritage. We were farm people, horse people, cattle people. You know that myth of the self-made man, that was us but from Mexico to America. Everybody more or less worked the land. They fended for themselves. That was always what he [Richard’s father] wanted to do. He was always involved in horses. So, when he had the boys early on, that expectation was heavy. They were to be molded out of what he wanted. They didn’t really get a choice. They were gonna be in 4-H, they were gonna raise livestock and they were gonna raise them blue ribbon style. That was just how it was gonna be. 

There’s two tribes here, the Shoshone and the Bannock. They just call them the Shobans, the Shoban Indian Reservation. When the reservation was established, the US government decided to do a two-for-one play. So, they put two Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Nevada tribes on one reservation. And they weren’t exactly down with that because these two tribes had a lot of contention between each other and that still exists. It’s actually a very violent reservation. I don’t know what the murder rate is but there’s always something going on out there. There’s a lot of domestic abuse, a lot of domestic violence. There’s a lot of alcoholism and drug use. And there’s a lot of like, murders. 

There was one time we were out in the field. It was me, my grandpa and my mom. This plane flew over the top of us, and my grandpa, Emanuel, he looked up at it. He kind of just watched it fly by. My mom said to him, “Emanuel, what are you thinking about?” He’s like, “I don’t know where it’s going, but I wish I was on it.”