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Despite our clear vision and undiminished enthusiasm for what could have been, we are terminating our efforts to complete this film. While it has appeared unlikely that we will achieve our funding goal, it is because of other unanticipated factors that we have come to this disappointing conclusion. If you have questions or are interested in where we go from here, visit our website www.russellfoureagles.com and leave your contact information.
Two plus years ago, a friend introduced us to Russell FourEagles. We came to know a humble man whose life is devoted to helping people through the practice of Native American healing traditions. Over time, we met many people who told us deeply grateful stories of having been helped by Russell. Our initial intrigue was fueled by these inspiring stories, and intertwining all of it was the beautifully rich fabric of the Native American culture.
In our unintended journey down the Red Road, we were exposed to a belief system grounded in the spiritual interconnection between all things. As we gained a broader exposure within the Native American community, we were invited to take part in beautiful ceremonies of ancient heritage. For nearly 100 years, these ceremonies had been demonized and declared illegal on this continent. We were welcomed by a number of indigenous leaders who felt compelled to bring their ceremonies out of the darkness. They sought a greater awareness of their traditions in an effort to promote a more healthy existence between all people, all nations, and all things. This connection between all things is expressed in the Lakota phrase, All My Relations, which refers to each of us being inseparably connected to every person, plant, animal, object and energy on this planet.
Our intention to tell this story of a Native American healer expanded into the additional goal of bringing a broader awareness to a rich culture centered in treating our planet and one another with love and respect. I know this sounds flowery and overly ambitious, but our experience was that simply by being exposed to the beauty and traditions of this movement, it was impossible not to be moved yourself.
While our motives were born out of respect and good intention, some have found offense with our execution and we are deeply apologetic for that. If we have exhibited disrespect in any way, we offer our sincere apologies.
Despite our exposure to many who expressed a need for all people to walk together in prayer, others have expressed a territorial unwillingness to share the majesty of their culture. We regret that this is the case, but our efforts have created controversy and it is an unmistakable truth that this is not our culture to share. Consequently, we are terminating our efforts to produce a documentary on an amazing man of healing and his Native American culture.
Thank you to all of our supporters. We are deeply appreciative of your generosity as well as your faith in our mission. Thank you to the people who embraced us and exposed us to the Native American culture. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Thank you to Russell, who has helped numerous friends and family in their pursuit of wellness. It’s been a gift to spend time with you and it is an honor to know you as a friend.
Again, if you have questions or are interested in where we go from here, please visit our website www.russellfoureagles.com and leave your contact information. Additionally, if you backed of our project in lieu of making a donation to Russell, please consider redirecting your donation to Russell.
Be well. All my relations ~
Todd & Tim
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