In the Light of Reverence

SUBHEAD: Free movie showing at Kapaa Library on Friday, January 20th at 6:30pm.

 By Ray Catania on 10 January 2012 in Island Breath - 

Image above: Still frame of Devil's Tower from "In Light of Reverence". From (  

Free movie showing of "In the Light of Reverence". It tells the story of three indigenous communities and the lands they struggle to protect: the Lakota of the Great Plains, the Hopi of the Four Corners area and the Winnemem Wintu of northern California. This movie will remind one of the struggles the people of Hawaii face in trying to protect our Kanaka sacred sites like in the Wailua area of Kauai. Discussion will follow movie showing and free refreshment will be served.  

Kapaa Library, 1464 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, HI on Kauai.  

Friday, January 20th at 6:30pm.

For more information call Jimbo at 635-0835 or Ray at 634-2737 or email (  

MORE: From Sacred Land Film Project ( In the Light of Reverence (2001) Ten years in the making, In the Light of Reverence explores American culture’s relationship to nature in three places considered sacred by native peoples: the Colorado Plateau in the Southwest, Mount Shasta in California, and Devils Tower in Wyoming.

Rich in minerals and timber and beloved by recreational users, these “holy lands” exert a spiritual gravity which pulls Native Americans into conflicts with mining companies, New Age practitioners, and rock climbers. Ironically, all sides see themselves as besieged. Their battles tell a new story of culture clashes in an ancient landscape.

 In the Light of Reverence juxtaposes reflections of Hopi, Wintu and Lakota elders on the spiritual meaning of place with views of non-Indians who have their own ideas about how best to use the land. The film captures the spiritual yearning and materialistic frenzy of our time. Our DVD (released in January 2003) includes seven additional scenes, an extended interview with Lakota scholar Vine Deloria, Jr., a new, 11-minute short film on Zuni Salt Lake and Quechan Indian Pass, and interviews with the filmmakers. It is available for purchase and can also be rented from Netflix.

In the Light of Reverence is narrated by Peter Coyote and Tantoo Cardinal. The film premiered in San Francisco on Saturday, February 17, 2001 at the Palace of Fine Arts. It received the Best Documentary Feature Award at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. It was nationally broadcast on the PBS series P.O.V. on August 14, 2001 and was seen by three million people.


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