Picked this up from Corb Lund:
A Canadian doco, John Ware: Reclaimed, premiered at the Calgary International Film Festival on September 24. The film tells the tale of the Black cowboy who settled in Alberta after landing there in 1882 in the first cattle drive into the region.
Lund said that his family was friendly with Ware in southern Alberta in the early part of the 20th Century.
Ware was exceptionally good at his work, operating two ranches with a thousand head of cattle. He was a legendary horseman, a friend of the famed Siksika First Nation chief Crowfoot, and pioneered irrigation in the region.
Cheryl Foggo created the film, which stars rodeo roping legend Fred Whitfield as John Ware. I saw Whitfield several times at the Sisters Rodeo. He’s a Hall of Famer and it’s cool to see him get this gig.