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Native Spirit: The Sun Dance Way
author: Thomas Yellowtail
recorded and edited: Michael O. Fitzgerald
introduction by: Joe Medicine Crow
Subject(s): Approx. Grade Level

American Indian

10 – 11 / Lexile measure: 1110L)

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8" × 10" / 128 pages

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Native Spirit: The Sun Dance Way is the story of the remarkable preservation of the way of life of the Plains Indians in the face of overwhelming  oppression. In this unique book, American Indian tribal elders and leaders tell of the struggle to preserve the traditions and life of their of their Grandfathers against a government bent on its destruction. With over 100 color and black-and-white photographs from as early as 1903, and words by Thomas Yellowtail, a revered Medicine Man of the Crow tribe for over 30 years, who was raised by pre-reservation Indians; readers will be able to learn about tribal life and practices, and gain advice from current Indian leaders on how to balance the demands of the modern world with the traditional life of the Plains tribes.

Native Spirit: The Sun Dance Way features rare interviews with such American Indian elders as John Arlee, Janine Pease, Joe Medicine Crow, James Trosper, Arvol Looking Horse, and Inez Talamantez.


  • Winner of the Gold Midwest Book Award for "Culture"
  • Winner of the Silver Midwest Book Award for “Religion/Philosophy/Inspiration”
  • Winner of the Silver Benjamin Franklin Award "New Age/Metaphysics/Spirituality"

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