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Kifaru Productions

Works: 25 works in 70 publications in 3 languages and 2,582 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  History  Educational films  Internet videos  Filmed interviews  Nonfiction films  Case studies  Documentary television programs  Biography  Interviews 
Roles: prn, Producer
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Most widely held works by Kifaru Productions
Wiping the tears of seven generations( Visual )

6 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In December 1990, 300 Lakota Sioux horseback riders rode 250 miles, in two weeks, through bitter, below-zero winter weather, to commemorate the lives lost at the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. This celebrated documentary relates the story of how the Lakota Nation mourned the loss of their loved ones for 100 years -- seven generations of the Lakota. They also mourned the loss of some of their people's sacred knowledge, which died with the elders at Wounded Knee. But in 1990, 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 called "Washigila," or "Wiping The Tears." The Bigfoot Memorial Ride was that ceremony. The film interweaves stunningly beautiful contemporary scenes of the ride itself with archival film and photos and expert commentary to illustrate the history of the Lakota and provide an unforgettably poignant account of the events leading up to, including, and following the Wounded Knee Massacre. The DVD version of the film includes an extra 12 minutes of footage, shot in late 2004, in which participants in the 1990 Memorial Ride discuss the profound impact of the experience on their lives. "Wiping the Tears of Seven Generations" is a classic, thought-provoking work that explores the Lakota perspective on their history, culture, spirituality, and hope for tribal survival. The film will generate reflection, analysis, and discussion in a wide range of courses in Native American studies, American history and studies, cultural anthropology, and comparative religion. It was produced by Gary Rhine for Kifaru Productions and directed by Fidel Moreno (Yaqui/Huichol) and Gary Rhine; the eloquent narration is delivered by Hanna Left Hand Bull Fixico (Lakota)
The peyote road : ancient religion in contemporary crisis( Visual )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 343 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 red road to sobriety video talking circle( Visual )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The contemporary Native American Sobriety Movement is flourishing throughout the Indian communities of North America. This vital social movement combines ancient spiritual traditions with modern medical approaches to substance abuse recovery. One of these traditions is the "talking circle." In a talking circle, a participant holds a sacred eagle feather while talking about whatever is on his or her mind. During this time, the other participants listen respectfully, encouraging the speaker to open his or her mind and heart, to share stories, feelings, and prayers. When finished, the speaker passes the feather to the next person in the circle and becomes a listener; and so on around the circle. This remarkable documentary features many noted Native American therapists and healers
Distance learning : great controversy( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 258 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
A seat at the table : struggling for American Indian religious freedom( Visual )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Huston Smith is widely regarded as the most eloquent and accessible contemporary authority on the history of religions. In this thought-provoking documentary he is featured in dialogues with eight American Indian leaders. The film interweaves thoughtful commentary, sequences shot in threatened Indian sacred sites, and scenes from the Third Parliament of the World's Religions in Cape Town, South Africa. The result is a profound and poignant exploration of the myriad problems faced by contemporary Native Americans in practicing their religious ceremonies and beliefs. Each of the film's eight segments deals with an important obstacle to American Indian religious freedom. Taken as a whole, the film provides an outstanding overview of the spiritual ways of today's Native Americans. The Native leaders and the topics they examine with Prof. Smith are as follows: Walter Echo-Hawk (Pawnee), Senior Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund: A History and overview of the American Indian struggle for religious freedom; Winona LaDuke (Anishinabe), Director, White Earth Land Recovery Project: Native religions and the earth; pollution and clear-cutting as religious persecution; Frank Dayish, Jr. (Dine), President, Native American Church of North America: The triumph of the Native American Church's struggle for the religious use of Peyote; Charlotte Black Elk (Lakota), Primary Advocate for protection of the Black Hills: Protection of The Black Hills and Native access to sacred sites; Doug George-Kanentiio (Mohawk), journalist and activist: Destruction of Native languages and the resulting damage to Native ceremonies; Lenny Foster (Dine), Director/Spiritual Advisor, Navajo Nation Corrections Project: Injustices faced by incarcerated Native Americans; Tonya Gonnella Frichner (Onondaga), President, American Indian Law Alliance: The spiritual threat posed to indigenous peoples by the Human Genome Diversity Project; Guy Lopez (Crow Creek Sioux), Coordinator, Sacred Lands Protection Program, Association of American Indian Affairs: Disrespect of Apache beliefs by University of Arizona and Jesuit astrophysicists. The film includes excerpts of messages by the Dalai Lama, South African President Nelson Mandela, and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. The ceremonial opening of the week-long Parliament flamboyantly displays the rich variety of religious traditions from around the world and includes a performance of an Iroquois ancestral song by noted American Indian singer Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida), who also delivers the articulate narration for the documentary. The menus on the DVD version of the film enable easy access to particular segments and encourage in-depth classroom discussion and analysis. "A Seat at the Table" is an exemplary teaching tool that will spotlight the issues of Native American religious freedom for a wide variety of courses in Native American studies, religious studies and comparative religion, cultural anthropology, American history and studies, and legal studies. The film is also the ideal enhancement to the new book by the same title published by University of California Press. "A Seat at the Table" was produced by Gary Rhine for Kifaru Productions. The film was written by Phil Cousineau
Your humble serpent : the wisdom of Reuben Snake( Visual )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reuben Snake was a unique and compelling American Indian leader, visionary, and activist. Filled with rich and revealing examples of his storytelling prowess, this inspiring biographical portrait explores his life and philosophy and examines his provocative views on ecology, sacredness, intuitive thinking, and "the rebrowning of America." As Snake grew up, his elders taught him that a leader is a servant to his people. Overcoming adversity and alcoholism in his youth, he lived his life true to that teaching, serving his country as a Green Beret, his tribe as Winnebago Tribal Chairman, and all Indian people as President of the National Conference of American Indians. The film emphasizes Snake's search for spiritual meaning in life, highlighting his influential ideas on the differences between the rational, "linear" thought of Western philosophy and the intuitive, "cyclical" thought of Native peoples. He criticizes Western philosophy for leading us toward the destruction of the earth, and argues that intuitive, cyclical thinkers hold the earth to be sacred and understand how everything is interrelated. The film also focuses on his leadership of the movement to overturn the 1990 Supreme Court decision that forbade the traditional sacramental use of peyote by the 300,000 members of the Native American Church. His efforts resulted in the passage in 1994 -- a year after his death -- of the Amendment to the American Indian Religious Freedom Act that legalized sacramental peyote use for American Indians. "Your Humble Serpent" will stimulate thought 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. It was produced by Gary Rhine for Kifaru Productions and was co-written and narrated by Hayna Brown, a Winnebago and friend of Snake since childhood
The land & the sacred( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 37 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
The Traditional use of peyote( Visual )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 32 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 17 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
Existential-humanistic psychotherapy in action : a demonstration by James F. T Bugental( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 13 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
Geheimnisvoller Kontinent Afrika( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in German and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geheimnisvoller Kontinent Afrika( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Run to save Sinkyone( Visual )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Presents the efforts to create and preserve an intertribal wilderness park in the Sinkyone wilderness area of the northern California coast. Includes a history of the Sinkyone Indians and highlights a 100 mile relay run by Indian children
Les grands mammifères Les petits animaux( Visual )

1 edition published in 1999 in French and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A moment in Vine : Vine Deloria, Jr.( Visual )

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

Vine Deloria, Jr. was one of the most important spiritual, legal, and historical figures of the twentieth century. A member of one of the Sioux Nation's most prominent lineages, Vine Deloria, Jr., rose to the world's attention during the tumultuous 1960's as an aggressive and uncompromising advocate for indigenous people across the Americans. The story behind Vine Deloria, Jr., evokes compassion, while gaining an insight into Native America through Vine's literary works. Through interviews, Vine Deloria, Jr., gives viewers the opportunity to take stock, reflect, and understand the Native American experience. Now, based in part on a series of interviews held during his last years, comes the first documentary to accurately portray this pivotal figure and the impact he had on Indian country and the United States.--From container
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Kifaru Films

English (45)

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