When a spirit visited the bedroom of eight-year-old boy Jack McKey and carried him to a mountaintop at the end of the world, the young man’s life veered toward primitivism. He later discovered hidden skills inside himself for making birch bark canoes and sheep horn bows. Ultimately, it would drive him to a life in the wilderness and the most devastating decision of his life – to leave his young son behind.
“Blood, Bone and Stone” tells the story of McKey’s journey from his adoption into a privileged family in South Georgia to his life as a mountain man in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. His friends call him a man born out of time. He has hunted bison with a hand-made sheep horn bow – and he is one only a handful of people who can make such a weapon. But he also crafts incredible horse lances, stone knives and war clubs in the styles of ancient North America natives.
The film follows McKey as he eventually reunites with his son, nearly 40 years after leaving him behind. And it follows the two as they travel to Chief Mountain, the site in Montana where the spirit carried McKey as a child and prophesied that the world would end if he set foot there again.
“Blood, Bone and Stone” premieree at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture in July 2020 in conjunction with an exhibit of McKey’s primitive weapons and tools.