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Native Spirit: The Sun Dance Way
Native Spirit: The Sun Dance Way
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American Indian

Price:  $19.95

ISBN:  1-933316-27-6
Book Size:  8 x 10
# of Pages:  120 pages, 100 color and sepia photographs
Language:  English



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This is the companion book to the 2 disc DVD set Native Spirit and The Sun Dance Way .

Native Spirit: The Sun Dance Way is the story of the remarkable preservation of an ancient cultural and spiritual way of life. In the two-disc documentary, and the companion book, American Indian tribal elders and spiritual leaders tell of the struggle to preserve the way of their Grandfathers in the face of a government bent on their destruction. There are special features on traditional Indian practices, tribal life, and advice by prominent elders to those seeking a balance between the modern world and the world of the spirit. Also included is a biography of Thomas Yellowtail, a revered Sun Dance chief of the Crow tribe for over 30 years, who was raised by pre-reservation Indians. With over 100 color and sepia photographs from as early as 1903, along with the only video footage officially sanctioned by the Sun Dance, this documentary reveals the symbolism and mystical beauty of the ancient Sun Dance ceremony, which still remains at the center of the spiritual life of many Plains Indians today.

Native Spirit: The Sun Dance Way includes rare interviews with such American Indian elders as John Arlee, Janine Pease, Joe Medicine Crow, James Trosper, Arvol Looking Horse, and Inez Talamantez. The words of Thomas Yellowtail are brought to life by the internationally known Native Peoples actor, Gordon Tootoosis. Native Spirit is a stunning feast of rare visual images from Crow and Shoshone religious existence.

  Gold Midwest Book Award for "Culture"  
  Silver Midwest Book Award for “Religion/Philosophy/Inspiration”  
  Silver Benjamin Franklin Award "New Age/Metaphysics/Spirituality"  
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Detailed Description of Native Spirit

Native Spirit: The Sun Dance Way is the story of the remarkable preservation of an ancient cultural and spiritual way of life. In the two-disc documentary DVD, Native Spirit and The Sun Dance Way, and this its companion book, American Indian tribal elders and spiritual leaders tell of the struggle to preserve the way of their Grandfathers in the face of a government bent on their destruction. There are special features on traditional Indian practices, tribal life, and advice by prominent elders to those seeking a balance between the modern world and the world of the spirit. Also included is a biography of Thomas Yellowtail, a revered Sun Dance chief of the Crow tribe for over 30 years, who was raised by pre-reservation Indians. With over 100 color and sepia photographs from as early as 1903, along with the only video footage officially sanctioned by the Sun Dance, this documentary reveals the symbolism and mystical beauty of the ancient Sun Dance ceremony, which still remains at the center of the spiritual life of many Plains Indians today.

Native Spirit: The Sun Dance Way includes rare interviews with such American Indian elders as John Arlee, Janine Pease, Joe Medicine Crow, James Trosper, Arvol Looking Horse, and Inez Talamantez. The words of Thomas Yellowtail are brought to life by the internationally known Native Peoples actor, Gordon Tootoosis. Native Spirit is a stunning feast of rare visual images from Crow and Shoshone religious existence.


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Thomas Yellowtail

Medicine Man and Sundance Chief Thomas Yellowtail (1903-1993) was a pivotal figure in Crow tribal life and one of the most admired American Indian spiritual leaders of the last century. As a youth he lived in the presence of old warriors, hunters, and medicine men who knew the freedom and sacred ways of pre-reservation life. As the principal figure in the Crow-Shoshone Sun Dance religion during the last half of the 20th century, he was important in perpetuating the spiritual traditions of his Crow tribe.

Yellowtail's advice on following the ancient ways in the modern world has inspired many Indians, and many non-Indians as well. His words can be found in:

 

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Michael Fitzgerald

Michael Fitzgerald is an author, editor, and publisher of books on world religions, sacred art, tradition, culture, and philosophy. He has written and edited many publications on American Indian spirituality, including Yellowtail: Crow Medicine Man and Sun Dance Chief, and was adopted into Yellowtail's tribe and family. Fitzgerald has also taught university classes on religious traditions of North American Indians and lectured widely. His contributions to World Wisdom books and DVDs include:

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Joe Medicine Crow

Dr. Joe Medicine Crow (1913-2016) was the Crow Tribal Historian and the oldest living man of the Crow tribe. In 1939, he was the first member of the Crow tribe to obtain a master’s degree. Dr. Medicine Crow was a guest speaker at Little Bighorn College, the Custer Battlefield Museum, and several other colleges throughout the nation. Joe Medicine Crow received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, on August 12, 2009. He lived on the Crow Reservation in Lodge Grass, Montana, until his death on April 3, 2016.

His books include, A Handbook of Crow Indian Laws and Treaties, and From the Heart of the Crow Country. Dr. Medicine Crow's contributions to World Wisdom books include:

    

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Clip Title: Sun Dance Overview
Summary: This film clip provides a brief overview of the Sun Dance, the most important sacred rite of the Plains Indians.
Total Running Time -1 minute, 6 seconds
Low Res File Size - 4.4M
High Res File Size - 5.4M


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Living in Two Worlds
Native leaders, including Janine Pease, James Trosper, Arvol Looking Horse, Joe Medicine Crow and Gordon Tootoosis, give advice about how to live in two conflicting worlds: the world of traditional American Indian values and our fast-paced modern world.
Total Running Time -4 minutes 36 seconds
Low Res File Size - 13.7M
High Res File Size - 23.4M
Sun Dance Overview
This film clip provides a brief overview of the Sun Dance, the most important sacred rite of the Plains Indians.
Total Running Time -1 minute, 6 seconds
Low Res File Size - 4.4M
High Res File Size - 5.4M
The Sweat Lodge
This Special Feature explains the sweat lodge ceremony, one of the most important sacred rites of most American Indian tribes
Total Running Time -4 minutes, 48 seconds
Low Res File Size - 15M
High Res File Size - 24.7M
The Vision Quest
This Special Feature explains the Vision Quest, one of the most important sacred rites in most Native tribes.
Total Running Time -4 minutes, 6 seconds
Low Res File Size - 12.3M
High Res File Size - 20.8M
The Sun Dance Way
This trailer, from "The Sun Dance Way" provides an overview of the Sun Dance, the most sacred rite of Plains Indian tribes, and includes interviews with tribal elders and rare film footage and photographs of a Crow-Shoshone Sun Dance. Gordon Tootoosis narrates the words of Thomas Yellowtail.
Total Running Time -4 minutes, 8 seconds
Low Res File Size - 12.5M
High Res File Size - 21.1M

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The Wound of DualityThe Mystery of Individuality (chapter 1)Perry, Mark Metaphysics, Perennial Philosophy, Spiritual Life
Introduction to Native Spirit: The Sun Dance WayNative Spirit: The Sun Dance WayMedicine Crow, Joe American Indian
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