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Kifaru Productions

Overview
Works: 26 works in 63 publications in 3 languages and 2,363 library holdings
Genres: Educational films  Internet videos  Documentary films  History  Nonfiction films  Filmed interviews  Case studies  Documentary television programs  Biography 
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 )

6 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in English and held by 386 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 )

12 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 324 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
Animals as divinities( Visual )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 274 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
The red road to sobriety( Visual )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 266 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. In this spirited, inspiring, and hopeful documentary, American Indian health practitioners and traditional medicine people reveal the importance of tribal values and spiritual awareness in the recovery process. As the film vividly illustrates, substance abuse in Indian communities must be understood within the context of the "American Holocaust." Few Americans are today aware that the U.S. and Canadian governments intentionally used alcohol in their attempts to destroy indigenous cultures and obtain Indian lands. The devastating effects of these policies were compounded by the propagation of the "drunken Indian" stereotype. Faced with the loss of their religion, land, culture, freedom, and pride, Indian families experienced a debilitating syndrome known as intergenerational trauma, an experience shared by many families affected by the Holocaust in Europe. Despite its powerful indictment of governmental abuse, the driving force of this film is the positive spirit emanating from the Indian people featured in it. Continuing in the ancient traditions of "The Dreamkeepers" and "The Wounded Healers," these people offer a new sense of hope to all those in recovery. Told in large part by recovering Native Americans, many of whom work as counselors, the film presents methods and tools that specifically enable alcoholics to help themselves. There is a strong emphasis on spiritual guidance and traditional Native thinking, both designed to encourage dignity and self-worth as a treatment plan. "The Red Road to Sobriety" is essential viewing in a variety of courses in Native American studies, religious studies and comparative religion, cultural anthropology, public health, psychology, and American history and studies. It was produced by Gary Rhine for Kifaru Productions and was co-directed by Gary Rhine and Chante Pierce (Cheyenne/Cherokee) and narrated by noted actor Benjamin Bratt (Quechua)
Mysteries of the landscape( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 254 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. (53 minutes)
Water and its powers( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 254 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 248 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)
A seat at the table : struggling for American Indian religious freedom( Visual )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the problems faced by Native Americans in practicing their religious ceremonies and beliefs
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
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 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 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
Learning: From Socrates to Cyberspace( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 21 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
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
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
The land and the sacred. nature's role in myth and religion( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 4 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 3 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
Geheimnisvoller Kontinent Afrika( Visual )

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

Les grands mammifères Les petits animaux( Visual )

1 edition published in 1999 in French 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
Geheimnisvoller Kontinent Afrika( Visual )

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

 
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Alternative Names
Kifaru Films

Languages
English (54)

German (2)

French (1)