"We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."
"The Native American Sundance Ceremony is the most dramatic and well known ceremony of the North American Indian ceremonies. It is a religious ceremony mostly performed by the Plains Indian tribes, such as the Cheyenne, Dakota, Sioux and other tribes. The ceremony and dance involves fixed gazing at the sun while dancing, fasting, blowing of eagle bone whistles and at times self torture. The ceremony is usually held every year in the late spring or early summer, depending on the tribe and can last up to four days. The participants wear costumes that represent cultural figures, animal spirits and many other costumes. They also paint their bodies, symbolizing individual honors, positions in their society and family lineage. Many stories are told, songs are sung and legends are retold by those entrusted with the responsibility to maintain the tribes oral tradition. During the rituals the drum beat that represents the spirit of the tribe beats continually. As well as flutes, rattles and other instruments. the participants hope to experience a vision during the rituals.