With our 2001 film, In the Light of Reverence, still enjoying widespread use in classrooms around the world we are heartened that the film has withstood the test of time. In June 1997, we were fortunate to film a rare interview with the renowned, beloved Native American intellectual Vine Deloria Jr. (1933-2005). Vine is well known for his books, Custer Died for Your Sins and God is Red. We’ve gone back to the vault and created four extended film clips from our rare, four-hour interview.

Part 2 of 4: Vine Deloria Jr. — Spiritual Yearning in the West

Deloria talks about Native American struggles to safeguard spiritual practices from outsiders. He’s noticed “a desperate need to appropriate from somebody—not necessarily from Indians—an emotional feeling of authenticity,” especially among whites, and, he says: “I really feel sorry for them.”

Don’t miss our new four-part film series, Standing on Sacred Ground — full details at http://standingonsacredground.org/