In Native Spirit and The Sun Dance Way,
Thomas Yellowtail, Crow Sun Dance Chief
for over 30 years, explains and describes
the ancient Sun Dance ceremony.
Yellowtail’s profound and authoritative
words, taken from his memoirs, provide the
narration for this documentary, which he
saw as a means of preserving the sacred
ways of his people for future generations.
Born in 1903, medicine man and Sun Dance Chief, Thomas Yellowtail, was the principal
figure in the Crow-Shoshone Sun Dance Religion during the last half of the 20th century.
As a youth he lived in the presence of old-time warriors, hunters, and medicine
men who had lived in the freedom and sacred ways of pre-reservation life.
Yellowtail received the Montana Governor's
Award for the Arts in recognition of his work in
preserving the traditional culture of the Crow tribe.
The program read:
“This man is outside of time as we know it,
centered in the spiritual world. Thomas
Yellowtail has perpetuated the spiritual
traditions of his Crow tribe as one of the last
living links to pre-reservation days. But his
legacy is not limited to Native Americans
because his principles and his message
benefit anyone searching to find a balance
in this fast-paced technological society.”