POV : In the Light of Reverence (2001)

Genres - Culture & Society, Spirituality & Philosophy  |   Sub-Genres - Race & Ethnicity, Religions & Belief Systems, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis

Chronicling clashes over Western lands that Native Americans consider sacred. "It's two different belief systems in conflict," says a National Park Service ranger at Devils Tower, Wyo., a towering rock monolith (made famous in the film "Close Encounters of the Third Kind") that's holy ground to Lakota---and a favorite spot for rock climbers. In northern Arizona, mines encroach on the Hopis' "ring of shrines." And at Mount Shasta in California, plans for a ski resort---and followers of New Age religions---are upsetting the local Wintu tribe. Peter Coyote narrates.

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community, destruction, freedom-of-religion, ignorance, indigenous-peoples, land-rights, Native-American, protection, sacred-grounds, strip-mining, struggle