Tracy German

Waokiya Win Producer, Director, Writer

Tracy German is a Haudenosaunee / Dakota filmmaker and the lead creative force behind the award-winning documentary TV series Wild Archaeology. She has spent the last eight years researching, building trust and relationships with First Nations, Metis and Inuit, communities across this country to be able to create the first television series in the world that tells the deep history of the indigenous inhabitation of North American continent from an indigenous perspective. It is also the first series in the world to be versioned to the Dakota language.

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Throughout the making of Wild Archaeology, Tracy has become very close to the Pratt family and is now a younger sister to Laura, and Audrey Pratt, whose direct cultural knowledge has been an invaluable contribution to the series. Tracy attended Sundance and Pow Wows with Laura Pratt in Sioux Valley, Manitoba and Sisseton, South Dakota, as well as participated in the Ride for Sitting Bull. Her Dakota name is Waokiya Win, meaning ‘woman who helps the people’, or ‘woman who helps all.’

Tracy German holds an M.F.A. in film production from York University and a Media Arts diploma from Sheridan College. Her innovative career spans over twenty years of artistic creation. Her award-winning documentaries, experimental films, and installation projects have screened internationally, locally including cable television broadcasts. Raised on a rural horse farm in central Ontario Canada, Tracy currently is a full time Professor at Sheridan College in the Bachelor of Film and Television (BFTV) program.

Laura Pratt
Dakota Versioning

Laura Pratt was born on May 10th, 1956 to Reverand Donald Pratt who received the Order of Manitoba for Culture and Governance and her mother Beatrice Pratt nee (Chaske). She grew up in Wipazoka Wakpa (Sioux Valley) Manitoba, where she had a happy childhood steeped in her Dakota culture and language. At the age of two years old she survived double pneumonia, doctored by a traditional medicine man from South Dakota who then bestowed her Spirit name- Pretty Laughing Woman / Iha Waste Win. Laura Pratt is a traditional Dakota First Nation’s woman. The second last child born of 6 (5 girls and 1 boy) who was taught the seven sacred laws of the Dakota people, attending numerous Sun Dance ceremonies for spiritual guidance in North / South Dakota and Manitoba and Saskatchewan. For the last 40 + years she dedicated her language skills to teaching anyone who has been interested in learning the Dakota language and culture. Laura Pratt has overseen the translations and voice over versions of Wild Archaeology series for both Seasons now and we are very honoured to have had her services for the web and tv. Pidamaya ye

Niki Thorne


Niki Thorne is the lead writer for Season 2 of Wild Archaeology and a PhD candidate in anthropology at York University.

Originally from the east coast, Niki lived on a Mi’kmaq reserve in Nova Scotia as a child. She was completely oblivious to the colonial threads that shaped her childhood. Niki attended school in Shubenacadie, but didn’t learn about the Shubenacadie residential school until perhaps a decade later in a second-year anthropology class, with the accompanying realization that some of the people she loved and considered family must have gone there. A few years after that,her grandfather disclosed his Mi’kmaq heritage after decades of silence. (Click below to read more)

Niki’s doctoral research explores the process by which colonial violence is silenced or downplayed in dominant representations of the Canadian past, as well as implications for the present and connections to racism, power, and identity. Her research on colonial silences and commitment to decolonization is deeply personal, shaped by her childhood experiences and family history.

Jonathon Elliot


JONATHAN ELLIOTT is a Tuscarora filmmaker from the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario. Since attending York University’s Film Production program, he has worked as a director and cinematographer on a variety of projects including: Even in the Silence (Voices with Impact funded short film, entirely in the Mohawk language), Taken Home (Toronto Arts Council funded film), Her Water Drum (imagineNATIVE commissioned film), Wild Archaeology (APTN TV series), This Wild Season (imagineNATIVE 2017 film festival), Blood Child (Blood in the Snow film festival), Teens 101 (CHCH broadcast), Glitch, Two Wolves and Fantome.

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Jonathan’s award-winning work has been nationally broadcast and screened at various film festivals internationally in New Zealand, Italy, Germany, the United States and Canada.

Jonathan was the 2018 artist-in-residence for the imagineNATIVE/CSV development program. He was selected as one of the Emerging 20 artists at the 2018 Reel World Film Festival and has been the recipient of grants through the Toronto Arts Council, imagineNATIVE, Taking it Global and Art With Impact to produce his work.

Currently, Jonathan is in development on several projects including his first feature film.

Mikelle Virey


MIKELLE VIREY is an actor and director with an Honours degree in Theatre and Classics from the University of Toronto. He spent several years acting in plays, films and commercials before deciding he wanted to play a larger role in the stories he was helping to tell. After graduating Sheridan College’s Advanced Television and Film Program, Mikelle went on to direct several award-winning series including Kid’s Town, 2nd Generation, and the comedy pilot Coming Distractions,awarded best Comedy/Dramedy Short and best Ensemble Cast at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival. In addition to these achievements as well as his contributions as co-director on APTN’s Wild Archaeology, Mikelle has a number of projects in development, and he is currently focused on directing his own original screenplay.

Spencer Idenouye
Digital Media Producer

Spencer holds a BFA in Media Arts & Digital Technologies and two post-graduate diplomas in Directing and Editing in Advanced Television and Film and Computer Animation Digital Visual Effects. His expertise includes directing, editing, VFX artistry, cinematography, digital content production and motion capture. Spencer is also the Virtual Production Lead at Sheridan’s Screen Industries Research and Training Center where he provides leadership and expertise in applied research and technical research for the film, television and gaming industries, and is focused on the application of VR technologies.

Mike Patterson

With over 15 years’ experience in post production, Mike Patterson is a Canadian editor who has worked on a number of series across a variety of genres. Mike began his career in advertising before making the switch to documentary and non-fiction television, where he is able to play a larger role shaping narrative and bringing stories to life. Passionate about storytelling, Mike is drawn to working with remarkable people to tell insightful stories with creativity, suspense, and stunning visual style.

The Team

Tracy German

Producer | Director | Writer

Niki Thorne

Lead Writer | Researcher

Spencer Idenouye

Digital Media Producer

Owen Deveney

Director of Photography

Jon Elliot

2nd Unit Director | Camera Operator

James Lazerenko

Location Sound

Heena Singh

Business Affairs Manager

Mike Patterson

Picture Editor | Story Editor

Mikelle Virey

Assistant Picture Editor | Post Production Supervisor

Kyle Parry

Production Manager

Karen Hanson

Writer | Researcher

Jason Hunter

Digital Media Designer

Michelle Irving

Dialogue Editor | SFX Editor | Re-recording Mixer

Laura D. Pratt

Dakota Translation / Dakota Voiceover

Audrey Pratt

Dakota Voiceover

Donna Pratt

Dakota Voiceover

Curtis McKay

Dakota Voiceover

Alvina Ross

Dakota Voiceover

Suzy Queen

Post-Production Coordinator

Bedtracks Music Inc.


Robert McAllister


SIM International Post

Post-Production Facility | Closed Captioning