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Kifaru Productions

Overview
Works: 33 works in 63 publications in 1 language and 2,245 library holdings
Genres: Educational films  Internet videos  Documentary films  History  Nonfiction films  Filmed interviews  Documentary television programs  Case studies  Biography 
Roles: prn, Producer
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 258 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 red road to sobriety video talking circle( Visual )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 254 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. Consisting of eight 15-minute segments, it is designed to be used as a prevention and recovery tool by individuals, clinics, recovery programs, schools, and youth groups. Segments include: Introduction to the Talking Circle, Wisdom of the Elders, Women of the Circle, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Healing the Youth, Men of the Circle, Native Ways of Treatment, The Red Road Approach
Animals as divinities( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 244 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
Mysteries of the landscape( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 242 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
Water and its powers( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 242 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
Distance learning : great controversy( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 236 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 170 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
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
The peyote road : ancient religion in contemporary crisis( Visual )

3 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 65 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
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
A seat at the table : struggling for American Indian religious freedom( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 62 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
Wiping the tears of seven generations( Visual )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 62 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 )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 46 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 38 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 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a portrait of Reuben Snake, a contemporary Native American leader and role model who speaks 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 33 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 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
 
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Alternative Names
Kifaru Films

Languages
English (49)