High Star is a New Mexico corporation, originally
incorporated in Colorado in July 1985 and re-incorporated
in New Mexico in May 1995 by Howard P. Bad Hand and John
D. Pruit. A majority of the Stock in High Star Productions,
Inc. is owned by Howard Bad Hand, an enrolled member
of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. All the remaining shares
are held by John Pruit, who is not Native American. Mr.
Bad Hand, President, and Mr. Pruit, Secretary-Treasurer,
are the only officers and also the only directors of
the corporation. Business affairs of the corporation
are managed by Mr. Pruit.
The company has recorded, produced and marketed seven
cassette recordings of Native American powwow music.
We believe its “Red Leaf Takoja Live at Taos
Blue Lake Powwow” and “Red Leaf Singers:
Songs of the Warrior, Volume 1” cassettes are
among the most popular Native American musical productions
ever marketed, as measured by sales volume. High Star
productions are notable for their excellent recording
and reproduction qualities and for their presentation
of the words of each song in the original Native American
language (with English translations) in the cassette
On September 27, 2004, High Star was pleased to announce the completion of it’s initial video production, Red Leaf Takoja “Song of the Heartbeat”,introduced and narrated by Wes Studi, and featuring the music of Howard Bad Hand’s family drum group Red Leaf Takoja, now known as Heartbeat, as it travelled the powwow highway from Denver to Taos to Rosebud, South Dakota in the spring and summer of 1990 and 1991. “Song of the Heartbeat” is a unique, singer’s eye view of one of the most vibrant and simultaneously least appreciated [by non-Indian society] elements of contemporary Native American life – music, deftly woven as a montage of sound, color and heartfelt expressions of enthusiasm from singers, dancers, spectators and Native elders.
We invite all interested parties to bookmark the link below and share our excitement as we develop more and better ways to tell the world about “Song of the Heartbeat." Look for video clips, still photos and performer profiles, viewer’s comments, and information about our participation in film festivals and fund raising events.