The summer of 1991 marked a special point on the wheel of time for a Crow medicine man. Fifty years earlier, his father sponsored the first Sun Dance of modern times, reestablishing this sacred tradition of the Crow people. In 1904, the dance was banned by federal law and remained as such until legalized again under the Jimmy Carter administration.
To commemorate the 1941 event, Heywood Big Day pledged to hold a 50th Anniversary Sun Dance on the same site used by his father. In another bold move, he pursuaded longtime friend Michael Crummett to document the ceremony.
This stunning book is a journey through the rites and preparations leading up to the ceremony and into the heart of the Sun Dance itself: a marathon of dance, fasting, music and prayer that pushes body and spirit beyond the limits.