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Jennifer Casey
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Jennifer Casey is the director of the documentaries Native Spirit and The Sun Dance Way. Jennifer knew Thomas Yellowtail, the Crow Sun Dance chief, through Yellowtail’s adopted son, Michael Fitzgerald. She made her first visit to the Crow reservation at the age of seventeen. For over 35 years she traveled to many Plains Indian reservations and met with numerous tribal leaders and Sun Dance chiefs. When approached to do a documentary on the Crow-Shoshone Sun Dance, Mrs. Casey suggested using the words of Thomas Yellowtail for the narration as she knew that his was an undeniably authoritative voice to describe and explain the Crow-Shoshone Sun Dance. She also wanted the documentary to reflect Yellowtail’s personality—his gentle, yet powerful and profound spiritual nature, because she knew that “…his personality was really inseparable from the spiritual atmosphere one senses when attending a Sun Dance.”

Jennifer Casey taught elementary school for 10 years. During that time she taught every grade from Kindergarten thru seventh grade in the Bloomington, Indiana school district. She used her unique experiences to open the eyes of her students to the history and present day lives of Native Americans.

Jennifer Casey lives with her husband in Bloomington, Indiana.

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