Paranormal Underground Radio: Mark Williams (Native American Paranormal Project)

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In this episode of Paranormal Underground Radio, we talk with Mark Williams, John Factor, and Albert Bronaugh of the Native American Paranormal Project (NAPP). "How interesting would it be to see Natives doing that on the big screen?" That was the basis of a conversation between Happy Frejo and Mark Williams back in 2010 while watching a cable ghost hunting show. And the idea was planted. A year later Mark Williams, a Choctaw filmmaker with Native Boy Productions, began to see it through and would ask Happy Frejo, a Pawnee/Seminole motivational speaker and performer, about hosting a documentary about a Native Paranormal site. She said yes, and the Native American Paranormal Project was born.

Mark began recruiting team members, all the while researching a location for his documentary. Only a few criteria were required from each member: they would have to be Native American, have an open mind, and be willing to share their experience on camera. As for the location, it would need to have a known history of a paranormal presence and most importantly have a Native American past. The site was to be Concho Indian Boarding School in Concho, Oklahoma. The team members would be Happy Frejo (Pawnee/Seminole), Marina McKane Bronaugh (Creek/Kiowa), John Factor (Seminole/Kiowa), Steve Jacob (Choctaw), Brian Frejo (Pawnee/Seminole), Albert Bronaugh (Kiowa/Creek), Darah Hudson (Chickasaw/Choctaw/Seminole/Creek), D.D. DeCoteau (Chickasaw/Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), Reana Hudson (Chickasaw/Choctaw/Seminole/Creek), and in later documentaries Quese IMC (Pawnee/Seminole).

In October 2011, the team visited Concho and came back with some amazing footage. It began as a one-time project, but at the documentary premiere in Oklahoma City, it turned out to be a standing-room-only event. The feedback was amazing and then the requests came for another screening, more documentaries, more investigations, and NAPP would then become a documentary series.

"Four feature documentaries and a handful of mini documentaries later, NAPP has gained many fans and supporters from the Native community and from the peers in their field," Mark said. "But it's more than just paranormal footage or a documentary, because each location tells the story of our people. So we treat each location with respect, acknowledge its cultural significance and historical impact on our people, and at the same time give that past a voice to share their story through our findings."

Air Date: December 19, 2013

Topic: Paranormal Investigation, Paranormal Theory, Ghost Hunting

Guest: Mark Williams

Hosts: Karen Frazier, Rick Hale, and Chuck Gotski

Producer: Cheryl Knight