Program
The Great Spirit Within the Hole
Producing Organization
KTCA-TV (Television station : Saint Paul, Minn.)
Contributing Organization
Twin Cities Public Television (St. Paul, Minnesota)
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-77-44bp0mdh
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Description
Program Description
"The introduction of ancient American Indian religious practices into prisons is a new phenomenon, begun in the late 1970's following the congressional passage of the American Indian Freedom of Religion Act. Despite continuing resistance by some prison officials, religious traditions of sweat lodges and pipe ceremonies have spread to many prisons with Indian populations. 'Great Spirit Within the Hole' describes how the practice of ancient rites has inspired inmates to discover a new self-identity and provide a means to survive the isolating prison experience. In Nevada and Oregon, prisoners talk about how their lives and attitudes are changed by reconnecting to a cultural and religious heritage symbolized by eagle feathers, white sage, holy pipes, prayer, fellowship and dancing. Frank Bear cub, a Sioux doing time at Oregon State Penitentiary for armed robbery, says 'Now that we have our sweat and our pipe, I know who I am and I'm proud of who I am.'"--1983 Peabody Awards entry form.
Broadcast Date
1983-09-12
Asset type
Program
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
00:58:46.556
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Credits
Producer: Spotted Eagle, Chris
Producing Organization: KTCA-TV (Television station : Saint Paul, Minn.)
AAPB Contributor Holdings
Twin Cities Public Television (KTCA-TV)
Identifier: cpb-aacip-7584d67d600 (Filename)
Format: 1 inch videotape
Generation: Dub
Duration: 00:57:40
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: cpb-aacip-bcf1c6e57a6 (Filename)
Format: U-matic
Duration: 0:58:00
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Citations
Chicago: “The Great Spirit Within the Hole,” 1983-09-12, Twin Cities Public Television, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed December 7, 2021, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-77-44bp0mdh.
MLA: “The Great Spirit Within the Hole.” 1983-09-12. Twin Cities Public Television, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. December 7, 2021. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-77-44bp0mdh>.
APA: The Great Spirit Within the Hole. Boston, MA: Twin Cities Public Television, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-77-44bp0mdh