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Sun Dancing
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Sun Dancing
A Spiritual Journey on the Red Road
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A powerful story of one man's redemption through the Lakota Sun Dance ceremony.
• Written by the only white man to be confirmed as a Sundance Chief by traditional Lakota elders.
• Includes forewords by prominent Lakota spiritual leaders Leonard Crow Dog, Charles Chipps, Mary Thunder, and Jamie Sams.
The Sun Dance is the largest and most important ceremony in the Lakota spiritual tradition, the one that ensures the life of the people for another year. In 1988 Michael Hull was extended an invitation to join in a Sun Dance by Lakota elder Leonard Crow Dog— a controversial action because Hull is white. This was the beginning of a spiritual journey that increasingly interwove the life of the author with the people, process, and elements of Lakota spirituality. On this journey on the Red Road, Michael Hull confronted firsthand the transformational power of Lakota spiritual practice and the deep ambivalence many Indians had about opening their ceremonies to a white man.
Sun Dancing presents a profound look at the elements of traditional Lakota ceremonial practice and the ways in which ceremony is regarded as life-giving by the Lakota. Through his commitment to following the Red Road, Michael Hull gradually won acceptance in a community that has rejected other attempts by white America to absorb its spiritual practices, leading to the extraordinary step of his confirmation as a Sun Dance Chief by Leonard Crow Dog and other Lakota spiritual leaders.
A powerful story of one man's redemption through the Lakota Sun Dance ceremony.
• Written by the only white man to be confirmed as a Sundance Chief by traditional Lakota elders.
• Includes forewords by prominent Lakota spiritual leaders Leonard Crow Dog, Charles Chipps, Mary Thunder, and Jamie Sams.
The Sun Dance is the largest and most important ceremony in the Lakota spiritual tradition, the one that ensures the life of the people for another year. In 1988 Michael Hull was extended an invitation to join in a Sun Dance by Lakota elder Leonard Crow Dog— a controversial action because Hull is white. This was the beginning of a spiritual journey that increasingly interwove the life of the author with the people, process, and elements of Lakota spirituality. On this journey on the Red Road, Michael Hull confronted firsthand the transformational power of Lakota spiritual practice and the deep ambivalence many Indians had about opening their ceremonies to a white man.
Sun Dancing presents a profound look at the elements of traditional Lakota ceremonial practice and the ways in which ceremony is regarded as life-giving by the Lakota. Through his commitment to following the Red Road, Michael Hull gradually won acceptance in a community that has rejected other attempts by white America to absorb its spiritual practices, leading to the extraordinary step of his confirmation as a Sun Dance Chief by Leonard Crow Dog and other Lakota spiritual leaders.
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  • Michael Hull, the first white man to be given a Sun Dance bundle and recognized as a Sun dance Chief by traditional Lakota elders, has led Sun Dances in Texas since 1998. He works as a lawyer in Austin, Texas.

Table of Contents-
  • Acknowledgments

    Foreword by Chief Leonard Crow Dog

    Foreword by Mary Thunder

    Foreword by Chief Charles Chipps

    Foreword by Jamie Sams

    1. Sacred Question

    2. Sacred Dream

    3. Sacredness

    4. Sacred Place

    5. Sacred Faith

    6. Sacred Connection

    7. Sacred Space

    8. Sacred Relations

    9. Sacred Breath

    10. Sacred Sight

    11. Sacred Gift

    12. Sacred Teacher

    13. Sacred Balance

    14. Sacred Trust

    15. Sacred Community

    Appendix: Papers

    Appendix: Declaration of War against Exploiters of Lakota Spirituality

    Suggested Reading

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  • Jamie Sams, author of Medicine Cards Sun Dancing is a bridge that can take the reader into a deeper understanding of life and our human roles as we shape the new way of being that is offered humankind at the dawn of this century.
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