Sun Dancing

A Spiritual Journey on the Red Road
By (author) Michael Hull
Sun Dancing
A Spiritual Journey on the Red Road
By (author) Michael Hull

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Pages : 232

Book Size : 6 x 9

ISBN-13 : 9780892818501

Imprint : Inner Traditions

On Sale Date : October 01, 2000

Format : Paperback Book

Illustrations : Includes 8-page color insert

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 had 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.
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About Sun Dancing


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. 

Table of Contents

Table of content


Acknowledgments

Foreword by Chief Leonard Crow Dog

Foreword by Mary Thunder

Foreword by Chief Charles Chipps

Foreword by Jamie Sams



1. Sacred Question
2. Sacred Dream
3. Sacredness
4. Sacred Place
5. Sacred Faith
6. Sacred Connection
7. Sacred Space
8. Sacred Relations
9. Sacred Breath
10. Sacred Sight
11. Sacred Gift
12. Sacred Teacher
13. Sacred Balance
14. Sacred Trust
15. Sacred Community


Appendix: Papers

Appendix: Declaration of War against Exploiters of Lakota Spirituality

Suggested Reading
Author Bio
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.
Reviews

Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

"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."
Jamie Sams, author of Medicine Cards

"Michael's story is an inspiration to those in search of their truth."
Charles Chipps, Lakota elder

"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." 

Napra ReView, March / April 2001

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.
Isabelle MacKenzie, New Age Retailer, July/August 2001

"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."
The Light Connection, November 2001

"Overall, Sun Dancing is a fascinating book: one that some will cherish."
Barbara Ardinger, PanGaia, Autumn 2001
Back Cover

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NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES

Sun Dancing is a bridge that 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 dawn of this century.”
--Jamie Sams, author of Medicine Cards

“Michael’s story is an inspiration to those in search of their truth, to those needing to find another way to live in this world today. . . . This story tells of a man who walked this earth separated from his heart, found it on the Red Road, and offers it back to the people.”
--Chief Charles Chipps, Lakota elder

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 Chief 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 his journey on the Red Road, Michael Hull confronted firsthand the transformational power of Lakota spiritual practice and the deep ambivalence many Indians have about opening their ceremonies to whites.

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.

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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