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Biography of James Trosper

James Trosper is a respected voice on traditional Plains Indian spirituality. He is Medicine Man and Sun Dance chief of the Shoshone Tribe on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Fort Washakie, Wyoming. Mr. Trosper is a direct descendant of the great Eastern Shoshone chief, Washakie, and he comes from a long line of Shoshone Sun Dance chiefs that includes John Trehero, the Sun Dance chief who brought the Shoshone Sun Dance to the Crow tribe. Mr. Trosper is also part Arapaho.

Mr. Trosper has traveled throughout America, assisting in the continuation of American Indian religious traditions, and explaining the Sun Dance religion of the Plains and Indian spirituality to Indian and white audiences. He is also deeply involved in developing and promoting programs to preserve the Shoshone language and cultural heritage.

James Trosper is a director of the Chief Washakie Foundation, and a director of the Grand Teton National Park Foundation. He holds a degree from the University of Wyoming, where he is now a Trustee of the University.

Trosper, his wife, and their two children, live in Fort Washakie.

James Trosper has contributed the following to World Wisdom projects:

Books/DVDs containing the work of James Trosper

James Trosper has contributed the following to World Wisdom projects:

  • The "Foreword" in Living in Two Worlds: The American Indian Experience, by Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa)
    • Winner in the “Multicultural Non-Fiction” category of The USA "Best Books 2011" Awards, sponsored by USA Book News
    • Winner of the ForeWord Book of the Year Gold Medal in the “Social Science” category; finalist in the “History” category
    • Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for “Multicultural”
    • 3 Gold Midwest Book Awards for: “Culture”, “Interior Layout”, and “Color Cover”
    • 2 Silver Midwest Book Awards for: “History” and “Total Book Design”
    • Finalist in two categories of The USA "Best Books 2011" Awards, sponsored by USA Book News:
      – “Best Interior Design” (designers: Susana Marin and Michael Fitzgerald)
      – “History: United States”
  • The "Foreword" in Indian Spirit (revised and enlarged edition, edited by Michael Fitzgerald and Judith Fitzgerald)
    • 2 Gold Midwest Book Awards for: “Culture” and “Religion/Philosophy/Inspiration”
  • Comments in the section "Conversations With Native Elders" in Native Spirit: The Sun Dance Way (book by Thomas Yellowtail, recorded & edited by Michael Fitzgerald)
    • Gold Midwest Book Award for “Culture”
    • Silver Midwest Book Award for “Religion/Philosophy/Inspiration”
    • Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for “New Age/Metaphysics/Spirituality”
  • Videotaped interviews in Native Spirit and The Sun Dance Way (2-disc DVD set directed by Jennifer Casey and produced by Michael Fitzgerald)
    • Official Selection for the “American Indian Film Festival”
    • Official Selection for the “Talking Stick Film Festival”
    • Official Selection for the “Montreal First Peoples’ Festival”

James Trosper’s Writings Online
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Foreword to Indian SpiritIndian Spirit: Revised and EnlargedTrosper, James American Indian
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James Trosper Film Clips film clip holdings: 6

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Clip Title: Old Stories
Summary: James Trosper explains how old stories have traditionally been used to instill important values in Indian life.
Total Running Time - 1 minutes 32 seconds
Low Res File Size - 4.9M
High Res File Size - 8.4M

 Film Clips with James Trosper (6)
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The Spiritual
James Trosper speaks of a central aspect of traditional Indian life: its focus on spiritual things.
Total Running Time - 1 minutes 16 seconds
Low Res File Size - 4M
High Res File Size - 6.8M
Sacred Buffalo
James Trosper discusses the significance of the buffalo in Native American life and ceremonies, especially in the Sun Dance.
Total Running Time - 3 minutes
Low Res File Size - 9.6M
High Res File Size - 16.6M
The Eagle
James Trosper speaks on the significance and sacredness of the eagle in Indian life, and in particular in the Sun Dance.
Total Running Time - 1 minutes 22 seconds
Low Res File Size - 4.5M
High Res File Size - 7.5M
Shoshone Sun Dance chief James Trosper speaks on some of the challenges to their survival that American Indians have faced.
Total Running Time - 2 minutes 17 seconds
Low Res File Size - 7M
High Res File Size - 12.3M
Spiritual Practices
Mr. Trosper speaks of the importance of maintaining spiritual practices beyond the Sun Dance itself.
Total Running Time - 4 minutes 39 seconds
Low Res File Size - 14.2M
High Res File Size - 24.9M

Online Resources about James Trosper

World Wisdom's American Indian Resource Page has listings of free resources for readers interested in the spiritual legacy of Native Americans. There are brief biographies of authors, and links to readings and video clips, and an excellent online image gallery. Among those resources are a number of short video clips of James Trosper speaking on a range of subjects of importance in Plains Indian spiritual life. Click here to go directly to the section of the American Indian Resource Page with video clips of James Trosper.

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