Sunrise Crow Sun Dance

The Spirit of the Elders Lives on
The 2-DVD Documentary Set

Sun Dance Lodge Shoshone Sweatlodge Center Pole Ceremony Crow Sundancers

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Native Spirit & The Sun Dance Way are two unique, feature-length documentaries contained in a 2-Disc DVD with an additional 90 minutes of rich special features.
Total Running time: 3 hrs. 15 min.

In Native Spirit, Cree Indian actress Tantoo Cardinal (Dances with Wolves), transports the viewer to the days of Red Cloud when, "Our old men talked with spirits and made good medicine. Our young men herded the horses and made love to the girls. In this way we lived and were happy". The voices of Plenty Coup, Fools Crow, Black Elk and other great leaders of their day, convey the heartbreaking story of their people’s oppression and their ultimate triumph of the spirit.

In The Sun Dance Way, the words of Thomas Yellowtail, a revered Sun Dance chief of the Crow Indian tribe, are brought to life by the internationally known Cree Indian actor, Gordon Tootoosis (Legends of the Fall). Unique photographs and video footage of sun dances, from as far back as 1903, reveal the symbolism and mystical beauty of the ancient ceremony which remains at the center of the Plains Indians’ lives today. “Once you know about these things, you will also love them, because you will see that without a sense of the sacred, you are less than a man.” - Thomas Yellowtail

DVD Special Features include

A beautiful full color companion book, Native Spirit: The Sun Dance Way, is also available. The words of Thomas Yellowtail, and quotes from elders from several tribes across the United States and Canada, are illustrated with breathtaking images of this unique cultural and sacred ceremony.

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