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The sunrise dance [electronic resource] / by Gianfranco Norelli.

Author/Creator:
Norelli, Gianfranco.
Publication:
New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 1995.
Format/Description:
Video
1 online resource (29 min.)
Series:
Filmakers library online
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Subjects:
Apache Indians -- Rites and ceremonies.
Changing Woman Ceremony (Apache rite).
Form/Genre:
Documentary.
Language:
English.
Summary:
This unique and highly visual documentary shows an ancient, sacred Apache ceremony that has never before been filmed. The Sunrise Ceremony which marks the passage from adolescence to adulthood for young Apache women, is disappearing under the pressure of cultural assimilation. This documentary focuses on 13-year-old Maureen Nachu, who lives on the Fort Apache Reservation, in Whiteriver, Arizona. It captures the elaborate preparations for the ceremony: the mystical rituals of the Medicine Man who presides over the dance, the spiritual purification rites in the "Sweat Lodge," and the secret midnight appearance of the "Crown Dancers." The Sunrise Dance is a tremendous physical test, lasting three days. It proves that Maureen has the courage and strength of character to take her place in adult society. For Maureen, her family and her community, the dance is a reaffirmation of tribal identity and the celebration of the role of women in Apache society.
Notes:
Originally released as DVD.
Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011).
Electronic reproduction. Alexandria, VA : Alexander Street Press, 2011. (Filmakers library online). Available via World Wide Web.
ALA Selected Films for Young Adults, 1996
American Anthropological Association, 1995
Festival dei Popoli, Florence, 1994
Margaret Mead Film Festival, 1994
Contributor:
Alexander Street Press.
OCLC:
747798141
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.