Cast & Crew


Lobos of the Southwest, in Association with Gypsy Life Films, presents Almost Ancestors.

Co-producers: Plan B to Save Wolves, Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project, Wild Arizona

Lead Actor
Sheila Hollow Horn

Sheila Hollow Horn was born and raised in Tuba City on the Navajo and Hopi reservations. Beginning when she was eight, Hollow Horn has featured in numerous Native American publications, magazines, and films, including Women of the Navajo. Sheila’s mainstream national acting debut was on the Cooking Channel’s popular show, The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia. Since then she has appeared in independent films and top-rated TV shows, including Longmire (Robert Taylor/Zahn McClarnon/Lou Diamond Phillips).

Director & Writer

Brišind is a multi-award-winning film director and international Amazon bestselling author. His most recent feature documentary, The Doctrine of Recovery, has been an official selection, nominee, and award-winner at festivals throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Its high-profile wins include the “Social Justice Film Festival” and Feature Documentary at the prestigious 2023 “Dreamspeakers International Film Festival.”

Georgina Lightning

Georgina Lightning is a multi-award-winning actor, filmmaker, and producer. She has rightly been called one of “the First Women of Indigenous TV and cinema.” Georgina’s groundbreaking career spans The West Wing to Alaska Daily. She became the first Indigenous woman to direct a feature film, Older Than America, starring Bradley Cooper and Wes Studi. Georgina is the founder and chief executive of Tribal Alliance Productions.

Pic: Georgina on the set of Buffalo Daze with Mo Brings Plenty (Yellowstone) and writer/director, Brišind.


Arwen is a high content wolfdog who plays the leading role of the lobo. Mexican Gray Wolves are highly endangered, and due to SAFE regulations, a substitute "lobo" was required to play the part.

Cultural Advisor
Bertram Tsavadawa

Bertram Tsavadawa has appeared in several National Geographic and Discovery genre documentaries. He recently appeared in the popular series Ancient Aliens. Bertram served as on set Cultural Advisor for Almost Ancestors

Director of Photography
Anthony Stengel

Anthony is an award-winning cinematographer. His short films, Dying Light and Fire Spinner both won Emmys (Heartland). Anthony runs Stengel Media, a renowned video production company that offers turn-key video production services.

2nd Unit Director
Tashi Vóóhéhévá'e

Tashi Vóóhéhévá'e has won four NATAS Emmys and was previously selected as “Wyoming Student Journalist of the Year.” In recognition of her achievements, her grandmother, Ruthie Strange Owl-Shoulderblade, bestowed the name Vóóhéhévá'e (Morning Star Woman) upon her.


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