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My Life Is My Sun Dance

by Harvey Arden

The Words of Leonard Peltier in a Spoken-Word Performance by Harvey Arden with haunting original music by Rev. Goat Carson, George Ingmire, Harry Lenz and Michael Voelker--'New Orleans Light'
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1. Spirit Breath
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2. Thunder Speaks
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3. My Name
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4. Welcome to Leavenworth
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5. Sun Dance
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6. Let the Great Healing Begin
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7. Indian Dead
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8. On That Day
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9. Ghost Dance
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10. Arrest and Trial
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11. Political Prisoner
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12. Army of One
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My Life Is My Sun Dance

Prison Writings of LEONARD PELTIER

Silence, they say, is the voice of complicity.
But silence is impossible.
Silence screams.
Silence is a message,
Just as doing nothing is an act.

Let who you are ring out and resonate
in every word and every deed.
Yes, become who you are.
There's no sidestepping your own being
or your own responsibility.

What you do is who you are.
You are your own comeuppance.
You become your own message.

You are the message.

May the Great Spirit Make Sunrise in Your Heart . . .

Hoka Hey!

Leonard Peltier

A Bio of Harvey Arden

Author/Editor of:

Wisdomkeepers: Meetings with Native American Spiritual Elders

Dreamkeepers: A Spirit-Journey into Aboriginal Australia

Noble Red Man: Lakota Wisdomkeeper Mathew King

Travels in a Stone Canoe: The Return to the Wisdomkeepers

Prison Writings: My Life is My Sun Dance by Leonard Peltier

Have You Thought of Leonard Peltier Lately?

White Buffalo Teachings by Arvol Looking Horse

Over the past few years I have given readings/lectures on the Dreamkeepers and the Wisdomkeepers at Harvard, Columbia, CalTech, USC, the University of South Dakota (Vermillion), Briarcliffe College (Sioux City, IA), etc etc etc I've given readings from Leonard Peltier s PRISON WRITINGS: MY LIFE IS MY SUN DANCE and Mathew King s book NOBLE RED MAN to audiences in schools, churches, museums, private homes, coffee shops, public auditoriums and theaters in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, New Orleans, Washington DC, Cape Cod, Western Massachusetts, New Hampshire etc.and scores of smaller towns. I've also given scores of readings at Borders and Barnes & Noble (and many, many other) bookstores across the country; I've been interviewed on NPR (national "Public Interest" show, twice), also on many many other radio stations. I was for 23 years a staff writer at National Geographic Magazine. A play of mine on Leonard Peltier, already performed at USD, is in the early stages of a professional production. My books have been translated into French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, and Japanese...with Greek and Swedish in the works.

Anyway, I'm willing to put my old body on the line anytime it's needed for the Cause, but I can often be of more of use here at my basement-study PC, since I plug into lots of places in the Indian and international indigenous worlds, though I'm a white guy myself. Lot's of people know me and, hopefully, trust me. You can check me out ad nauseum with a Google search on my name. (someone told me a few weeks or so ago she found 22,000 entries on me with a few simple searches) I still spend lots of time working for and with Leonard Peltier. I ve visited Leonard half a dozen times at Leavenworth. Also I have a few novels, plays, screenplays and other nonfiction books that I'm trying to give birth to lest they be, alas, stillborn.

Like Mat King used to say, "You're not too bad for a white guy, Harvey. You're lucky. Tunkashila has a job for you to do and you're going to do it!"

Regarding why I, a white guy, am so involved in the indigenous world, I subscribe to the philosophy expressed in this statement by Australian Aboriginal Elder Lilla Watson:

"If you've come here to help me, you're wasting your time.
But if you've come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together."



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Anne-Marie Elmby

With 2. order, now a total of 22 copies to be used for presents
This was my 2. order, now a total of 22 copies to be used for presents for relatives and friends.

Karen Prater

The words of Leonard on this CD clearly echo the innocence of his heart and soul. Let's all show our solidarity with Leonard by buying this CD, not only for ourselves but for all we can reach. This CD vibrates with a truth far stronger than the iron bars of prison!

Peg Shriner

heart rendering
Having read the book and other writings about Mr. Peltier including "In The Spirit Of Crazy Horse" by Peter Mathiasson. Harvey brings Mr. Peltiers feeings to light in a vocal way, to where we can not only read the words but FEEL the heart of this great man. I honor him and will continue to fight for his freedom in anyway that I can. He will not be forgotten by this simple woman.

Walk in TRUTH, HONOR and BEAUTY with PEACE LOVE and LIGHT always

Two Foxes Ross

I bought this CD as a gift for a dear friend of mine but I listened to it befor
Great CD,I'm so glad I got the chance to hear it...came to me in just a few days after I ordered it.


Silence screams, and must be heart - Now the actions need to be taken!
Silence screams, Everyone needs this CD to hear the truth and help to set Leonard free! The voice and music will grab you to the core and take you from the Silence for actions to take place for change! Stand for the People and not Gov't control of the PEOPLE! Eqaility for all people and for the wrong of being Indian or of Indian blood to be open and strong to be what you are! People of no crime to be Free and able to speak from the streets and not behind the bars!
May the Creaters Hand remove these bars for man of peace and love.
for I am TerryLee

Lynnette Scott

this C.D touched my heart, touched my soul,and made me realise that my life is ALSO my sundance..I honour you...


Extraordinarily profound - a voice of the wilderness - Who is the loser???
The Great Spirit of all the aborignee races from time to time asks one of the senior souls to make a supreme sacrifice. This is one such soul. He has rattled the chains of the minds of ordinary folk - there is a debt to be paid to the aboriginee - we must go back and re-learn his ways - Here is a special message. This CD Echoes the sorrow of 300years of abuse - this special soul has completed his task - his release is irrelevant to the message. All who hear must do..... something to change...

Debby Melton

Heart wrenching
I really enjoyed this CD. I have Leonard's book and Harvey did an excellent job of narrateing. Thank you.

Jon Pawson

A must have for any ethical person. Tino pai!
The words of this CD resonate with anguish and pain, yet a staunch resolve remains. We hear Leonard's experiences through Harvey's voice, a powerful performance. This CD should be with every conscientious supporter of justice in every land on this earth. Ka mau te wehi, e hoa ma! (Awesome, my friends)

Geri Timmons

Absolutely loved the CD and the way it brings Leonard's words to life. I intend to send the CD to our irish republican political prisoner's in Ireland. We are not in this struggle alone.
Ta an la ag teact (our day is coming)
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