The Battle of Red Buttes

BPI developed and filmed the powerful story of how the Sand Creek Massacre led to the Battle of Red Buttes in 1865. It’s a story of broken promises, betrayal, anger and revenge. BPI engaged tribal members from the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Lakota who shared not just their tribal experience and history, but also personal accounts from family members whose ancestors were involved in both Sand Creek and the Battle at Platte Bridge. The exhibit is at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper, Wyoming and was developed for the Bureau of Land Management. BPI did creative planning and media production along with exhibit design by Ariel Hallgren. To round out the storytelling the exhibit includes interpretative signage, 3D characters, a full-size tipi and a hands-on make your own Indian shield.


Client: US Bureau of Land Management, National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
Partners: Ariel Hallgren, Designer
Category: American Indian, Culture & History
Services: Exhibit Design, AV Design, Film & Video

What We Did:

  • Exhibit Design
  • Exhibit Content Development
  • Filmmaking
  • Historical Reenactments
  • Audio Programs

The documentary and exhibit use records, live-action reenactments and interviews with historians to tell the story behind the battle.

Casper Star Tribune

Sand Creek as winter sets in
War painting, ready for battle
Warriors ride with Red Buttes in the background
We thought with the American flag we were safe
US military advance to the Platte River Station
Exhibit design provides multiple perspectives