Healing the Spirit

Directed by Fidel Moreno



For Native Americans, the loss of their traditional language, religion, historical knowledge and spiritual ceremonies has led to a population with the highest level of addiction and suicides in America. Young Indians feel trapped on the reservation and unwanted in mainstream America. There are few positive role models and many young tribal members come from dysfunctional family backgrounds.

Healing the Spirit chronicles the work of three Pima Indians, calling themselves Red Hide, who have brought traditional tribal skills and healing to young Native Americans in Arizona. Our film tells the story of the three founders of Red Hide who formed a support group to help themselves and others who were dealing with addiction, gang violence and family trauma. The film will focus on Red Hide’s current work and its impact on young Pima Indians.

Healing the Spirit films in the vivid backdrop of the deserts, mountains and rivers of Arizona, coupled with a view of reservation life, urban blight and desperation. Through the application of the traditional Healing Circle, Sweat Lodge, Tribal Dance, Drumming Ceremony and the teaching of historic tribal skills, the film highlights young Indians developing a sense of pride in their heritage, self-respect, self-reliance and what it means to be a member of the Pima nation.

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