The film ‘Who We Are,’ takes a look at what it means to be a modern day hunter-gatherer in a world more accommodating to mass-produced meats and food neatly packaged up in white wrappers in grocery stores.
You can turn your back on a person, but never turn your back on a drug, especially when its waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye.
~Hunter S. Thompson
Hunting is the only thing that makes sense in Donnie Vincent’s head. It’s also in his blood.
For him, bowhunting game isn’t a hobby or sport; it’s a way of life.
His film, Who We Are, takes a look at what it means to be a modern day hunter-gatherer in a world more accommodating to mass-produced meats and food neatly packaged up in white wrappers in grocery stores.
Summing up his thoughts with some beautifully shot scenes and dialogue, Vincent makes his case for hunting with a great degree of honesty and passion.
You may or may not agree with what he says and for what some feel is more of a blood sport than a necessity. But, as he says, all of our ancestors derived their survival from hunting. It’s why we’re still standing here today.
And don’t expect Vincent to apologize to anybody for what he does.
For him, it’s something that we only have in America. Vincent believes there is no other country in the world where the ordinary citizen can go out and enjoy hunting and fishing, no other nation in the world where that happens. And it’s very much a part of our heritage.
As he explains in his film overlaid with scenes from hunting trips in the Northern Territories near the Arctic Circle, hunting is something much more personal and deeper than a sport.
“It’s something that drives all of us, regardless of our backgrounds and tastes. It’s a primal need,” Vincent says, and he is proud to embrace it.
“Don’t confuse me with being anything else other than proud. Proud to be a hunter,” he says.
“It’s time we stop apologizing for how we get our protein. This is who we are. Unless you’re a small time rancher, small time farmer, a hunter or fishermen… you really have no idea where your food comes from. Most people don’t even think about it.”
by Skippy Massey
This post originally appeared at the Humboldt Sentinel. Reprinted with permission.
Photos via DonnieVincent.com