Follow Gruff Rhys as he searches for the true story of John Evans, and his quest to find a long lost tribe of Welsh speaking native Americans!
-The amazing story told through 100 messages, including pieces of artwork, animations, prose, film clips and original music -Features original words, audio, music and sound effects by Gruff Rhys. -Includes music and extracts from Gruff’s Investigative Concert Tour™ -Read and listen in English or Welsh -Original artwork by Pete Fowler -Share your favourite messages via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest
In 1792 John Evans, a twenty-two-year-old farmhand from Snowdonia, left Wales travelled to America to discover whether there was, as widely believed, a Welsh-speaking Native American tribe, believed to be the descendants of superhero Welsh prince Madog, still walking the great plains.
During the course of an extraordinary adventure, Evans wrestled the largest river reptiles ever seen in the Mississippi, hunted bison with the Omaha tribe, defected to the Spanish in St. Louis, annexed North Dakota from the British, and created the map that guided Lewis and Clark on their legendary expedition.
In the summer of 2012, Gruff Rhys- himself a distant relative of Evans- retraced the explorer’s route through the heart of the continent by means of an “Investigative Concert Tour™” – a series of solo gigs accompanied by little more than an acoustic guitar, a PowerPoint presentation and a three-foot high felt avatar of John Evans.
American Interior is an exploration of how wild fantasies interact with hard history and how myth-making can inspire humans to partake in crazy, vain pursuits of glory, including exploration, war and the creative arts.