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Kifaru Productions

Overview
Works: 35 works in 63 publications in 1 language and 1,920 library holdings
Genres: Educational films  Internet videos  History  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Documentary television programs  Case studies  Biography  Filmed interviews  Nonfiction television programs 
Roles: Producer, prn
Classifications: PN1997, 970.3
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Kifaru Productions
Wiping the tears of seven generations( Visual )

4 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In December of 1990, 300 Lakota Sioux horseback riders rode 250 miles, in two weeks, through bitter sub-zero winter weather, to commemorate the lives lost at the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. This program relates the story of how the Lakota Nation mourned the loss of their loved ones for 100 years. They also mourned the loss of some of their people's sacred knowledge which died with the elders that day. Then, inspired by dreams and visions of unity and spiritual awakening, a group of Lakota decided to bring their people out of mourning through a traditional Lakota ceremony which they call Washigila: Wiping the tears. The Bigfoot Memorial Ride was that ceremony
Animals as divinities( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prehistoric art often renders animals in spiritual, even divine, form-but primitive beast images can also reflect a degree of humanity. This program sifts through the complexity of the animal-god concept, identifying the place of the lion, the giraffe, the wolf, the elephant, and many other creatures in a wide range of myths and religions. With detailed observations of sculpture, carvings, and statuary-including Native American totem poles, European gargoyles and grotesques, and Egyptian mummies honoring the cat-headed goddess Ubasti-the video demonstrates an age-old interconnection between our reverence for nature and our need to determine our status in it
Water and its powers( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Water may be the world's hardest-working religious symbol, representing life, death, purification, destruction, and countless other ideas. This program studies the spiritual properties of water and the myriad ways in which humanity has regarded the precious substance over the millennia. Establishing a link between climate and the evolution of god-images, the video explores the notion of the angry deity who punishes with water-a concept prevailing in arid regions and informing flood myths across the globe. The program also illustrates the power of the river-as a source of life, and as a route into the underworld-highlighting the cultural and historical importance of the Nile, the Ganges, and the mythical Styx
Mysteries of the landscape( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Earth's surface gave shape to the early cosmologies of almost every culture. This program explores that universal phenomenon, traveling across the globe to examine the role of geology in religion and myth. From the revered Uluru/Ayers Rock in Australia to Crete's Diktaeon cave-according to tradition, the birthplace of Zeus-the video explains the spiritual significance of numerous sites while connecting them with historical events and scientific concepts. Sacred, monumental additions to the landscape are also featured, including the Mayan pyramids, the stone dolmens of Europe, the dragon trees of Tenerife, and the Meteora monasteries atop the Pindus Mountains
Distance learning : great controversy( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this program, a literature teacher argues the benefits of on-line learning, while her department chairperson presents arguments against it. Methods used to conduct an effective on-line "class" are demonstrated using state-of-the-art software. Criticism of distance learning includes its tendency to deny student/teacher connections and to inhibit student interaction. Students currently participating in on-line learning programs discuss how it has helped them achieve their educational goals. An Iowa farmer uses distance learning to get his college degree. Students at Cal State protest the cost of contracts with four computer firms hired to wire the school for the Internet. (57 minutes)
The peyote road : ancient religion in contemporary crisis( Visual )

7 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the struggle of American Indians, especially those who belong to the Native American Church, to continue to use the drug peyote as an integral part of their religious rites and ceremonies
The red road to sobriety : a documentary( Visual )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Places the alcohol problems of Native Americans within the context of the historical destruction of indigenous peoples and culture and the stereotype of the drunken Indian. Documents a growing social movement which combines ancient spiritual traditions with modern medical approaches in substance abuse recovery
A seat at the table : struggling for American Indian religious freedom( Visual )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the problems faced by Native Americans in practicing their religious ceremonies and beliefs
Wiping the tears of seven generations( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In December of 1990, 300 Lakota Sioux horseback riders rode 250 miles, in two weeks, through bitter sub-zero winter weather, to commemorate the lives lost at the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. This program relates the story of how the Lakota Nation mourned the loss of their loved ones for 100 years. They also mourned the loss of some of their people's sacred knowledge which died with the elders that day. Then, inspired by dreams and visions of unity and spiritual awakening, a group of Lakota decided to bring their people out of mourning through a traditional Lakota ceremony which they call Washigila: Wiping the tears. The Bigfoot Memorial Ride was that ceremony
The peyote road : ancient religion in contemporary crisis( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary on the religious use of peyote by Native Americans and of efforts to establish protective legislation for practicing peyotism. Includes a 1994 legislative update discussing the passage of protective legislation
The Peyote road : ancient religion in contemporary crisis( Visual )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary on the religious use of peyote by Native Americans and of efforts to establish protective legislation for practicing peyotism
The land & the sacred( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spiritual traditions, treasured narratives, and sacred works of art all emerge from a culture's effort to understand and draw sustenance from its environment. This series illustrates the mythical relevance of humanity's natural surroundings and the creatures with whom we have struggled to coexist since our species first appeared
Your humble serpent : the wisdom of Reuben Snake( Visual )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a portrait of Reuben Snake, a contemporary Native American leader and role model who speakes out on ecology, sacredness, intuitive thinking, and the "rebrowning of America." Combines Mr. Snake's storytelling with interviews of friends and relatives
The Traditional use of peyote( Visual )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A series of interviews with members of the Native American Church of North America examining their use of peyote in religious ceremonies, and U.S. government attempts at regulation and control of its use
Understanding A.I.R.F.A : a brief explanation for the 1993 amendment to the American Indian Religious Freedom Act( Visual )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A discussion and summary of the 1993 Congressional amendment to the American Indian Religious Freedom Act which concerns protection of the use of sacred sites, eagle feathers and Peyote and guarantees prisoner's rights. Features expert testimony by Indian law professor Vine Deloria, Walter Echo-Hawk and Senator Daniel Inouye
Animals as divinities( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This program sifts through the complexity of the animal-god concept, identifying the place of the lion, the giraffe, the wolf, the elephant, and many other creatures in a wide range of myths and religions."--Container
Existential-humanistic psychotherapy in action : a demonstration( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. James Bugental, leading existential-humanistic psychotherapist, conducts two full-length demonstration psychotherapy sessions, each followed by a panel discussion with three clinicians
The land and the sacred. nature's role in myth and religion( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Water may be the world's hardest-working religious symbol, representing life, death, purification, destruction, and countless other ideas. This program studies the spiritual properties of water and the myriad ways in which humanity has regarded the precious substance over the millennia. Establishing a link between climate and the evolution of god-images, the video explores the notion of the angry deity who punishes with water - a concept prevailing in arid regions and informing flood myths across the globe. The program also illustrates the power of the river - as a source of life, and as a route into the underworld - highlighting the cultural and historical importance of the Nile, the Ganges, and the mythical Styx
Learning: From Socrates to Cyberspace( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program provides an overview of the history of education and distance learning, including an extensive interview with Professor Neil Postman from the first television classroom of the 1950s, Sunrise Semester. From there, the program explores various case studies involving distance learning: a homeless women gets her GED; a handicapped woman graduates from college; and a choreographer puts together a Net dance course by combining images of life-forms with virtual reality. The founder of the first M.S. degree in information systems talks about how it is used by corporations to train young executives. Linda Harrison, author of the Virtual You guidebook to learning on the Internet, talks about how teachers can shape the educational environment to include distance learning. Various experts discuss the future of on-line education
The peyote road : ancient religion in contemporary crisis( Visual )

3 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This widely acclaimed, landmark documentary was instrumental in the campaign to have Congress overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's 1990 "Smith" decision, which denied the protection of the First Amendment to the traditional sacramental use of peyote by Indian people. As timely and relevant today as ever, the film examines the history of European and American religious intolerance -- especially toward indigenous peoples -- and documents the centuries-old sacramental use of the cactus Peyote in the Americas, where it is integral to the beliefs and ceremonies of one of the oldest and largest Native religions in the Western hemisphere. The film seamlessly interweaves live-action and archival film footage, historical photographs and paintings, and commentary by members of the Native American church, lawyers, and noted scholars of history, religion, and anthropology. The film demonstrates how the Court's decision ultimately threatened the religious freedom of all Americans, and chronicles the successful efforts of the American Indian Religious Freedom Coalition, including the passage of the historic 1994 Amendment to The American Indian Religious Freedom Act that legalized sacramental peyote use. "The Peyote Road" is both classic and utterly contemporary. It will engage students and will generate analysis and discussion in a variety of courses in Native American studies, religious studies and comparative religion, cultural anthropology, American history and studies, and legal studies. This version of the film includes a 1996 legislative update. It was produced by Gary Rhine and directed by Rhine and Fidel Moreno (Yaqui/Huichol) for Kifaru Productions. The film was written by Phil Cousineau and his eloquent narration is delivered by noted actor and activist Peter Coyote
 
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Alternative Names
Kifaru Films

Languages
English (48)