Sun Dancing: A Spiritual Journey on the Red Road

Sun Dancing: A Spiritual Journey on the Red Road

by Michael Hull
     
 

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A powerful story of one man's redemption through the Lakota Sun Dance ceremony.

• Written by the only white man to be confirmed as a Sundance Chief by traditional Lakota elders.

• Includes forewords by prominent Lakota spiritual leaders Leonard Crow Dog, Charles Chipps, Mary Thunder, and Jamie Sams.

The Sun Dance is the largest and most important

Overview

A powerful story of one man's redemption through the Lakota Sun Dance ceremony.

• Written by the only white man to be confirmed as a Sundance Chief by traditional Lakota elders.

• Includes forewords by prominent Lakota spiritual leaders Leonard Crow Dog, Charles Chipps, Mary Thunder, and Jamie Sams.

The Sun Dance is the largest and most important ceremony in the Lakota spiritual tradition, the one that ensures the life of the people for another year. In 1988 Michael Hull was extended an invitation to join in a Sun Dance by Lakota elder Leonard Crow Dog— a controversial action because Hull is white. This was the beginning of a spiritual journey that increasingly interwove the life of the author with the people, process, and elements of Lakota spirituality. On this journey on the Red Road, Michael Hull confronted firsthand the transformational power of Lakota spiritual practice and the deep ambivalence many Indians had about opening their ceremonies to a white man.

Sun Dancing presents a profound look at the elements of traditional Lakota ceremonial practice and the ways in which ceremony is regarded as life-giving by the Lakota. Through his commitment to following the Red Road, Michael Hull gradually won acceptance in a community that has rejected other attempts by white America to absorb its spiritual practices, leading to the extraordinary step of his confirmation as a Sun Dance Chief by Leonard Crow Dog and other Lakota spiritual leaders.

Editorial Reviews

Jamie Sams
"Sun Dancing is a bridge which can take the reader into a deeper understanding of life and our human roles as we shape the new way of being that is offered humankind at the end of this century."
Charles Chipps
"Michael's story is an inspiration to those in search of their truth."
Napra ReView
"Hull's words describe a direct, everyday communication with Great Spirit and a relationship with prayer that is equally pure.  Essential reading for those interested in honoring and practicing Native spirituality with integrity." 
Isabelle MacKenzie
His straightforward storytelling in Sun Dancing shares deep messages about love and finding your true path. This fine, honest book will have particular relevance to many.
The Light Connection
"A profound spiritual journey into the largest and most important life-giving ceremony in the Lakota spiritual tradition, by the only white man to be confirmed as a Sun Dance Chief by traditional Lakota elders."
Barbara Ardinger
"Overall, Sun Dancing is a fascinating book: one that some will cherish."
November 2001 The Light Connection
"A profound spiritual journey into the largest and most important life-giving ceremony in the Lakota spiritual tradition, by the only white man to be confirmed as a Sun Dance Chief by traditional Lakota elders."
Lakota elder Charles Chipps
"Michael's story is an inspiration to those in search of their truth."
author of Medicine Cards Jamie Sams
"Sun Dancing is a bridge which can take the reader into a deeper understanding of life and our human roles as we shape the new way of being that is offered humankind at the end of this century."
March / April 2001 Napra ReView
"Hull's words describe a direct, everyday communication with Great Spirit and a relationship with prayer that is equally pure. Essential reading for those interested in honoring and practicing Native spirituality with integrity."
From the Publisher
"A profound spiritual journey into the largest and most important life-giving ceremony in the Lakota spiritual tradition, by the only white man to be confirmed as a Sun Dance Chief by traditional Lakota elders."

"Michael's story is an inspiration to those in search of their truth."

"Overall, Sun Dancing is a fascinating book: one that some will cherish."

"Sun Dancing is a bridge which can take the reader into a deeper understanding of life and our human roles as we shape the new way of being that is offered humankind at the end of this century."

"Hull's words describe a direct, everyday communication with Great Spirit and a relationship with prayer that is equally pure.  Essential reading for those interested in honoring and practicing Native spirituality with integrity." 

His straightforward storytelling in Sun Dancing shares deep messages about love and finding your true path. This fine, honest book will have particular relevance to many.

Napra Review
Hull's words describe a direct, everyday communication with Great Spirit and a relationship with prayer that is equally pure. Essential reading for those interested in honoring and practicing Native spirituality with integrity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892818501
Publisher:
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,122,575
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Sun Dancing is a bridge which can take the reader into a deeper understanding of life and our human roles as we shape the new way of being that is offered humankind at the end of this century."

"Michael's story is an inspiration to those in search of their truth."

"Hull's words describe a direct, everyday communication with Great Spirit and a relationship with prayer that is equally pure.  Essential reading for those interested in honoring and practicing Native spirituality with integrity." 

His straightforward storytelling in Sun Dancing shares deep messages about love and finding your true path. This fine, honest book will have particular relevance to many.

"A profound spiritual journey into the largest and most important life-giving ceremony in the Lakota spiritual tradition, by the only white man to be confirmed as a Sun Dance Chief by traditional Lakota elders."

"Overall, Sun Dancing is a fascinating book: one that some will cherish."

Meet the Author

Michael Hull, the first white man to be given a Sun Dance bundle and recognized as a Sun dance Chief by traditional Lakota elders, has led Sun Dances in Texas since 1998. He works as a lawyer in Austin, Texas.

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