Lionel Little Eagle Pinn Greengrass Pipe Dancers, published in 2000, is a deeply personal history of Native Americans and the fundamental but profound processes by which they live their lives. Pinn pushes the envelope of expression and discovery in his biographical telling of his life from 1988 to 1992. The book is presented in "5 key elements" which include his wife "Tamara Lynn Brown" who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 at the age of 32. "The Healing" is describe as the second element and is initially pertains to a healing of Tamara's cancer but later becomes a healing of a family and native people. The third element of the book is presented in a broader sense as "The People" which brings to life the beauty and majesty of the Native American culture. The fourth element is a significant symbol and instrument of the ceremonial Indian life described in the book as "The Pipe Bag". The specific pipe bag of this story is thought to have been owned by legendary Lakota mystic and spiritual leader Crazy Horse. The book leads the reader through the 100 plus years of the chronological history of the pipe bag from its original owner Dr. Alexander Brown a reservation doctor of the late 1890s to his son, Vinson Brown and eventually to Pinn. The fifth more metaphysical element of the book is call "The Dance". Pinn expresses that "Life is a dance itself" and the many phases and stories are steps in that dance. The physical dance most centered in the book surrounds the traditional sun dance of the Lakota Sioux nation.
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