Aluna, 2012, 89 min.

Documentary about the Kogi, the last surviving civilization from the world of the Inca and Aztec.

Carnival in Q’eros, 1991, 32 min.

Inca past and roots of Andean culture, fertility rituals.

Different Paths: Shamanism, Cults, and Religion on Demand, 1998, 57 min.

Fire on the Mountain: A Gathering of Shamans, 1999, 106 min.

In Beauty I Walk: The Navajo Way to Harmony, 2002, 28 min.

The !Kung San: Resettlement, 1988, 28 min.

The Legacy, six-part PBS series, available from Thirteen/WNET at 800-336-1917.

The Long Search, 2001.

N!ai, The Story of a !Kung Woman, 1980, 59 min.

Native-American Religions, 2007, 27 min.

Our Generation, 2010, 74 min.

Driven by the remote Yolngu peoples of Northeast Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, the film shines a light on the ongoing struggle of Aboriginal people to their culture, lands, and basic human rights.

The Old Believers, 1988, 57 min.

The People Today: Closing the Circle, 1996, 14 min.

Impact of Christian missionaries on Native Americans.

Popol Vuh: The Creation Myth of the Maya, 1989, 60 min.

Primal Religions, 1999, two tapes, 60 min. each.

The Return of the Gods: A Global Search for Mystical Meaning, 1999, 52 min.

The Shaman’s Message, 1992, 120 min.

Shamanism: An Ancient Tradition, 1998, 39 min.

Trobriand Cricket: An Ingenious Response to Colonialism, Papua New Guinea, 1976, 54 min.


Faith Matters

Bi-weekly radio with Seth Schapiro (listen online)

On Being

Radio conversations and podcasts about the spiritual and intellectual content of faith


Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

Weekly 30-min. PBS production


At Play in the Fields of the Lord, 1993 (modernity/primal religion)

Black Robe, 1991 (clash of cultures, European missionary, primal mores)

Creation, 2009 (science and religion conflict)

Dances with Wolves, 1990 (Native American myth and ritual)

The Emerald Forest, 1985 (colonialism, modernity/primal religion)

The Gods Must Be Crazy, 1981 (includes portrayal of the Kung)

The Last Samurai, 2003 (indigenous Japanese traditions)

The Mission, 1986 (colonialism, Christian missions, slavery, racism)

Smoke Signals, 1998 (coming of age story about young American Indian)


The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich, 1998

The Bone People by Keri Hulme, 1986

Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko, 1988

The Healing Land: The Bushmen and the Kalahari Desert by Rupert Isaacson, 2004

The Lost World of the Kalahari by Laurens van der Post, 1977

Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman by Marjorie Shostak, 1982, 2000

Plenty-coups: Chief of the Crows by Frank Linderman, 2002

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, 1998

Return to Nisa by Marjorie Shostak, 2002

The Trobrianders of Papua New Guinea by Annette Weiner, 1988

When a Flower Is Reborn: The Life and Times of a Mapuche Feminist by Rosa Reuque, Paillalef, 2002