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SACRED SPIRIT: The Lakota Sioux, Past and Present
This poignant collage features members of the Oglala Lakota Sioux living on and off the Pine Ridge reservation who present their pointed observations on Lakota history and modern-day Lakota life. Their creation myth and their attitudes toward Mother Earth and the concept of time contribute insights into their worldview, while footage of a major powwow and a tepee-raising offer glimpses of the people’s cultural heritage. Wounded Knee and the extermination of the buffalo are discussed. Gang violence, alcoholism, lack of employment, and housing and health problems are also addressed, as well as the many faces of subjugation.