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Wiping the Tears of Seven Generations 1991

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Rhine, Gary Producer  Search this
Gary Rhine: Producer  Search this
Physical description:
57 min sound color b&w video
Sioux  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Indians of North America Great Plains  Search this
Dakota Indians  Search this
Projected media
Collection descriptions
North America
for smoking
United States
Edited film documents the history of the Lakota (Sioux) since the arrival of European settlers in the fifteenth century. Black and white photographs and early film footage illustrate the ongoing conflict between the Lakota people and the American government over civil and land rights culminating in the 1890 Battle of Wounded Knee. Numerous interviews with the Lakota retell the horrors of the battle, the capitulation of Crazy Horse and the spiritually stunting effect the battle wreaked upon the Lakota for one hundred years. The narrated writings of Black Elk relay his prophesy that it would take seven generations of Lakota after the Battle of Wounded Knee to mourn the loss of their relatives, traditions, land, and spiritual strength. The 1990 Lakota-wide movement to "wipe the tears of seven generations" of mourning is depicted by the two week memorial horseback ride to Wounded Knee in commemoration of those who died in the battle. Lakota interviewees explain their new vision for a united Lakota people who are finally at peace with themselves because of an extensive ritual healing process and who are now prepared to celebrate the culture, traditions and spirituality, and strength of character of the Lakota people that will set the pace for the next seven generations.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
War  Search this
Migration  Search this
Settlement--patterns  Search this
Land--acquisition of  Search this
Land--territory--boundaries  Search this
Land--reservations  Search this
Land--territorial--boundaries  Search this
Treaties--capitulation of  Search this
Treaties--peace  Search this
Exploring--expeditions  Search this
Conflict  Search this
Healing  Search this
Mourning  Search this
Culture--accomodation--adaptation  Search this
Culture--change  Search this
Culture--continuity  Search this
Culture  Search this
Culture--ideals  Search this
Religious--activities  Search this
Religious--ceremonial--rights  Search this
Religious--ritual  Search this
Religious--dancing  Search this
Ritual--pipes  Search this
Spiritualism  Search this
Pipes--smoking  Search this
Dance--dancing  Search this
Dancing--ghost  Search this
Celebrations  Search this
History--oral, as a method  Search this
Animals--buffalo--hunting  Search this
Animals--horses  Search this
Animals--slaughter of  Search this
Disease  Search this
Starvation--famine  Search this
Animals--hunting  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1995.1.4
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives