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Sweating Indian Style
A film by Susan Smith
1994, 57 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W05087
The appropriation of Native American traditions by non-Natives comes under thoughtful scrutiny in this insightful documentary. As it follows the New Age activities of a group of Californian women learning to construct a sweat lodge and perform their own ceremony, it raises important questions about the use of elements of Native culture out of context, apart from the complex realities of American Indian experience. Interviews with diverse Native American women point out the problems inherent in this increasingly popular New Age phenomenon and its relationship to traditional forms of colonialism.


  • American Indian Film and Video Festival

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    "Intelligent, insightful, engaging, respectful, provocative."
    Diane Bell
    Anthropologist, Holy Cross College

    "Provides Native American professors with an entree into the many controversial issues which are often difficult to raise in classrooms."
    Ricard Grounds
    (Yuchi/Seminole) University of Tulsa

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