Rare Earth (1998)

Genres - History, Nature  |   Sub-Genres - Animals, Environmental Science, Mythology  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - Canada   |  
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Like Native Americans, gray wolves were a competitor to white settlers, who hunted them almost to extinction in the continental United States. When an environmental program reintroduced the wolf to Yellowstone National Park in 1995, it was a cause for great celebration among the Arapaho. In this documentary, wildlife photographer Jim Brandenburg films the Northern Arapaho Wolf Society honoring its animal teacher by performing the long-banned sacred Wolf Dance. Highlights include the tribal elders breaking a century-old silence and fulfilling a prophecy by letting medicine man Mark Soldier Wolf relate oral traditions regarding the wolf's teachings.

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endangered-species, Native-American, ritual, teacher, wolf