Spirits for Sale: The Commercialization of American Indian Rituals
Catalogue Number: 395059
Producer: Films Media Group
Subject: Canadian World Studies, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Religious Studies, Social Studies
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: U.S
Copyright Year: 2008
Running Time: 59
Closed Captions: Yes
Western spiritualists often seek enlightenment through indigenous religions once practiced in different regions around the world. Native American rituals are especially popular, and Europeans stage ceremonies based on American Indian beliefs for which they charge admission. America’s original people are not pleased with this development, for they regard this practice as the exploitation of their heritage. They see these performances as “pay to pray” ceremonies with imposters playing the roles of American natives. Beautifully crafted and filmed, Spirits for Sale explores both sides of an unlikely dispute between native peoples and present-day interpreters of their rituals.
“A good and heartfelt piece of work that would make an impact on students and the general public.” —Anthropology Review Database
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