In the Light of Reverence

Land-use battles in three sacred places pull Native Americans into conflicts with mining companies, New Age practitioners and tourists.

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POV, True Stories
Premiere Date
August 14, 2001
73 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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    2000 American Indian Film Festival-Best Documentary Feature
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    2001 Telluride Mountain Film Festival-Jury Award
  • Producer

    Christopher McLeod

    Christopher “Toby” McLeod has produced three previous hour-long broadcast documentaries, including The Four Corners: A National Sacrifice Area?, which won a Student Academy Award in 1983, Downwind/Downstream, and Poison in the Rockies. His first film was The Cracking Of Glen Canyon Damn— With Edward Abbey And Earth First! McLeod’s credits also Show more include the shorts Voices of the Land and A Thousand Years of Ceremony, the latter a 40-minute profile of Wintu healer Florence Jones meant for the use of the Wintu community. McLeod works as a journalist and photographer as well as filmmaker. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Show less


    Malinda Maynor Lowery

    Malinda Maynor is a Lumbee Indian from North Carolina who has made several shorts about her native culture that have aired on public television. A graduate of Harvard University and of Stanford University’s documentary masters program, Maynor is a recipient of a 2001 Rockefeller Film and Video Fellowship and is pursuing a Ph.D in history at the University Show more of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Show less

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    The Film

    Devils Tower. The Four Corners. Mount Shasta. All places of extraordinary beauty — and impassioned controversy — as Indians and non-Indians struggle to co-exist with very different ideas about how the land should be used. For Native Americans, the land is sacred and akin to the world's greatest cathedrals. For others, the land should be used for industry and recreation. Narrated by Peter Coyote and Tantoo Cardinal (Metis), In the Light of Reverence is a beautifully rendered account of the struggles of the Lakota in the Black Hills, the Hopi in Arizona, and the Wintu in California to protect their sacred sites.