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Native Spirit and The Sun Dance Way (educational version)
Native Spirit and The Sun Dance Way (educational version)
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American Indian

Price:  $64.95

ISBN:  1-933316-32-2E
Format:  NTSC
Run Time:   3 hrs, 15 min
Number of discs:  2
Region:  All



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This is the version of the 2-disc DVD set Native Spirit and The Sun Dance Way for educational institutions or organizations. Much more information on the content of the documentaries, as well as selected video clips from the two DVD discs can also be found at the Native Spirit Info web site, www.nativespiritinfo.com. This current page is solely for the purchase of the educational version of the program.

The DVD set is available for Educational Use for purchase at $64.95. This allows unlimited usage within a classroom setting by teaching professionals. The DVD may not be reproduced and admission may not be charged to view it in any setting under this arrangement. Purchase of this DVD set for educational use constitutes acceptance of these restrictions. Educators may be interested to learn that all royalties from the sale of this DVD set goes towards purchase of copies for US and Canadian Indian high schools and universities.


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Detailed Description of Native Spirit and The Sun Dance Way

This is the version of the 2-disc DVD set Native Spirit and The Sun Dance Way for educational institutions or organizations. This current page is solely for the purchase of the educational version of the program. See below for much more detail on the content, etc., of the program.

The DVD set is available for Educational Use for purchase at $64.95. This allows unlimited usage within a classroom setting by teaching professionals. The DVD may not be reproduced and admission may not be charged to view it in any setting under this arrangement. Purchase of this DVD set for educational use constitutes acceptance of these restrictions. Educators may be interested to learn that all royalties from the sale of this DVD set goes towards purchase of copies for US and Canadian Indian high schools and universities.

Much more information on the content of the documentaries as well as selected video clips from the two DVD discs can also be found at the Native Spirit Info web site, www.nativespiritinfo.com. You can use the following links to:

•  Get information on the content of the two DVD discs.

•  View video clips of the documentaries

•  Learn more about the cast and contributors.


About the Author(s)

Jennifer Casey

Jennifer Casey is an independent film maker and director who has traveled extensively throughout the Plain Indians reservations. A former teacher, Mrs. Casey has met with numerous tribal leaders and Sun Dance chiefs.

Jennifer Casey is the director of the following World Wisdom documentaries: Native Spirit and The Sun Dance Way, and Frithjof Schuon: Messenger of the Perennial Philosophy.


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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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Reviews of Native Spirit and The Sun Dance Way

Native Spirit & The Sun Dance Way will be a valuable addition to the materials used in my World Religions class. It is a beautifully crafted documentary, which is both accurate in its content and respectful of the underlying meaning of Native American religious traditions.”
James S. Cutsinger, Professor of Theology and Religious Thought at the University of South Carolina



"Native Spirit & The Sun Dance Way is an informative and moving documentary which treats its subject with the appropriate sensitivity and respect. It communicates a real sense of the grandeur, beauty and nobility of the spiritual heritage of the Plains Indians. Drawing heavily on the words of the late Sun Dance Chief, Thomas Yellowtail, it gives an authentic account not only of the Sun Dance rite but of the whole spiritual economy of which it is the central expression. Native Spirit brings this traditional wisdom to the attention of Indians and non-Indians alike, and will contribute to the preservation of modes of experience and understanding which are so urgently needed in the modern world."
Harry Oldmeadow, La Trobe University, Australia



"The Crow-Shoshone Sundance film conveys great dignity and spiritual power."
James Alexander Thom, author of Follow the River; The Long Knife; and The Red Heart



"The films can serve as a comprehensible way to help students understand some of the most central yet difficult concepts in Native American life. The movies help students truly understand Native Americans' deepest ideas about their religion and culture. By seeing the rituals carried out in the films, students see with their own eyes how those traditions have functioned within plains indian culture and are alive in America today. By hearing the powerful words of Native Americans and the clear interpretations of a strong narrator's voice, students hear many of the central messages of Native American oral traditions. The movies also prompt students to reflect on Native American traditions and want to learn more. Many of my students, who were from around the country and world, found the film to be helpful and very interesting."
Dr. John Buggeln, American Studies Coordinator, Culver Academies



"The two-disc DVD set, Native Spirit and the Sun Dance Way, will appeal to those broadly interested in American Indian spiritual life as well as those with more specific questions about the history of religious change among First Peoples on the Missouri River Plains of North America. This is a beautifully and lovingly photographed statement of American Indian life in the late 20th and early 21st century which brings Native American voices to the fore. My personal entry into this rich collection of material is through the Sundance disc which I use in my classes at Yale University. In courses on religion and ecology I attempt to bring students into extended reflection on the integral connections of religious life with economic, social, ecological, and political realities. This excellent overview in Native Spirit and the Sun Dance Way assists students in Native American Studies to understand those relationships without reducing or exploiting the diverse spiritual visions of living communities."
John Grim, Yale University, series editor of World Religions and Ecology  



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