Friday, January 13, 2006

Gary Rhine: Voice to the Voiceless

Gary Rhine and Phil Cousineau
Gary Rhine and Phil Cousineau
Book Passage, Corte Madera
November 11, 2005

Filmmaker Gary Rhine died this week while doing something he loved - flying a small plane. The plane crashed in Lancaster, California, on January 9th at 1:40 p.m.

In the past decade, Gary Rhine completed a series of documentary films with the writer Phil Cousineau in defense of the religious traditions of Native Americans.

The actor Peter Coyote was appreciative of Gary's work and described how, "Native Americans are recognized the world over as keepers of a vital piece of the Creator's original orders, and yet regarded as little more than squatters at home."

Peter Coyote goes on to describe that through his " fine footage and impressive interviews, (Gary Rhine), gives a voice to the voiceless".

a seat at the table
"A Seat at the Table"
Directed by Gary Rhine
Written by Phil Cousineau

"Religions represent insights and experiences rather than masses of followers and while many religious traditions encourage the development of the individual, the native religions, perhaps more than any others, stimulate the highest level of maturity and achievement; that of community responsibility. For that reason we deserve more than a seat at the table but perhaps the speaker's podium as well".
Vine Deloria, Jr.

Gary Rhine's funeral will be in San Francisco on Sunday the 15th of January:
Congregation Beth-Israel-Judea
625 Brotherhood Way
San Francisco, Ca. 94132
Services will begin at 1:30.

A memorial will be held in Los Angeles at a later date.


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