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Historical re-enactor in Pipestone Visitor Center video

Vivian Delgado-Cain and Thomas Cain Jr. work as historical re-enactors at Pipestone National Monument for the new visitor center film. Submitted Photo

Historical re-actors Thomas Cain Jr., formerly of Ponemah, his wife, Vivian Delgado, and daughter, Malici Delgado Cain, have the qualities documentary producers seek out.

They are featured in the new Pipestone National Monument Visitor Center video, "Pipestone: An Unbroken Legacy," produced by Great Divide Pictures.

"This is the second historical re-enactment we've been in," said Vivian, who spent the summer teaching philosophy and diversity training at Bemidji State University.

Thomas plays the part of an 1840s pipestone carver using a flint to file away the hard material as a pipe takes shape. Vivian and Malici are extras in the video.

Pipestone National Monument encompasses a quarry in southwestern Minnesota where American Indians from many tribes over countless generations have dug for the sacred red, fine-grained catlinite to carve their ceremonial pipes.

"They interview people in the quarry in the video as they are quarrying," Thomas said. "There's one lady in there who tells the reason why she's quarrying and it's tear-jerking - it's passing on the tradition."

Vivian's previous historical re-enactment for Great Divide Pictures was in 2003 as Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle's wife in a documentary about the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre.

"I sent our photographs to the casting agents in Denver," Vivian said.

"They were looking for a specific look," said Thomas.