Engaging, heartbreaking, inspiring - this extraordinary documentary teaches us about our dependance on nature and nature's dependance upon us.

A dramatic search into the relationship of the buffalo to the native people of America. This emotional and very moving film explores the powerful bond between Indian people of the Northern Plains and the buffalo. Once revered as a spiritual and cultural icon, today the buffalo serves as a living symbol of native survival.

Here, Lakota elder Pete Catches, Sr. tells a traditional story: how the bison and the Lakota came to be related. A clip from documentary, Sacred Buffalo People with Georgia Fox, voiceover, Rita Holy Bull, singing a traditional song, and Laura Youngbird, animation artist.

Pete Catches Sr. (Petaga Yuha Mani - He Who Walks With Hot Coals) lived on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota throughout his life, and for decades healed and instructed both Natives and non-Natives near his home and off the reservation. He is credited with reviving the Wiwangyang Wacipi (Sundance) among the Lakota in the early 1960's. In 1964, he was named Sundance chief by the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council, the only such distinction in tribal history.

Peter V. Catches is the descendant of 37 generations of medicine men, is recognized as the Keeper of the Spotted Eagle Way medicine, oral history, sacred rites, and experiential teachings. For the past 28 years, he has conducted the Spotted Eagle Sundance near his home on Pine Ridge.

Both Lakota Spotted Eagle Medicine men had a vision of Oceti Wakan - Sacred Fireplace. It was in response to events that have devastated the Dakota Nation (Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota), the great Sioux Nation.

Responses to " Sacred Buffalo People: How the bison and the Lakota came to be related. (VIDEO)"

  1. Keep telling the stories, sharing the lessons...they will help lead us, and generations to come.

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