In the Light of Reverence explores American culture's relationship to
nature in three places considered sacred by native peoples: Mt. Shasta
in California, the Colorado Plateau in the Southwest and Devils Tower
in Wyoming. Rich in minerals and timber and beloved by recreational
users, these "holy lands" exert a spiritual gravity, which pulls Native
Americans into conflicts with mining companies, New Age practitioners,
and rock climbers. Ironically, all sides see themselves as besieged.
Their battles tell a new story of culture clashes in an ancient landscape.
Producer/Director Christopher (Toby) McLeod has produced three award-winning,
hour-long documentaries, all broadcast on national television: The Four
Corners: A National Sacrifice Area, Downwind/ Downstream and Poison
in the Rockies. In 1990 he produced Voices of the Land as a 20-minute
preview of the Sacred Land Film Project. In 1997 he completed A Thousand
Years of Ceremony, a 40-minute profile of Wintu healer Florence Jones
and her efforts to protect Mt. Shasta as a sacred site for the Wintu.
His first film was The Cracking of Glen Canyon Dam - with Edward Abbey
and Earth First. Since 1984 he has been the Project Director of Earth
Island Institute's Sacred Land Film Project. McLeod has a Masters Degree
in Journalism from U.C. Berkeley and a BA in American history from Yale.
Co-producer Malinda Maynor is a graduate of Stanford University's Masters
program in Documentary Film and Video and holds a BA in American history
and literature from Harvard University. She is a Lumbee Indian from
North Carolina, and has made several award-winning short films about
her Lumbee culture and heritage that have shown on public television.
She is currently producing a CD-ROM and developing a web site on Lumbee
religion and gospel music: Sounds of Faith - Lumbee Indian History and
Religion. She teaches in American Indian Studies at San Francisco State
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