Novel by Native writer being made into movie

Missoula, Montana (AP) Feb. 2010

Two filmmakers say they plan to turn a novel by celebrated American Indian novelist James Welch into a movie and are auditioning for actors.

Filmmakers and brothers Alex and Andrew Smith say they plan to start filming the movie based on the novel “Winter in the Blood” in July and that it will be shot entirely in Montana.

The novel by Welch published in 1974 is described as a key book in the Native American Renaissance that began in the 1960s.

It is set on the Fort Belknap Reservation and follows one man’s struggle to find his identity and roots in a modern world while dealing with self-doubt and addiction.

Welch was born in 1940 and grew up mainly on the Fort Belknap Reservation. He died in 2003 at age 62.