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The seeds for A Seat at the Table were planted at the 1999 Parliament of the World’s Religions, where seven thousand spiritual leaders and scholars from around the world converged in South Africa, and a series of conversations took place between eight American Indian leaders and religion scholar Huston Smith. These conversations between Walter Echo-Hawk, Winona LaDuke, Frank Dayish, Jr., Charlotte Black Elk, Doug George-Kantentiio, Lenny Foster, Tonya Gonella Frichner, Guy Lopez, and Huston Smith are at the heart of this film and its companion book.

The film includes messages by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, South African President Nelson Mandela and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.


Praise for Wiping the Tears of Seven Generations:
"A stirring record of a spiritual ceremony to end a century of mourning and an authoritative insight into Native American history and culture."
-Variety

"A must see for those who want to see hope triumph over the black grief of seven generations."
-Native Peoples Magazine

"A film that could be the first of its genre to record - not rewrite - history from the Lakota perspective." -The Lakota Times

Praise for The Peyote Road:
"Co-directors Gary Rhine, Fidel Moreno, and Phil Cousineau weave another disturbing but not altogether hopeless saga of government insensitivity and outright duplicity with 'devastating consequences' to religious freedom... The Peyote Road convincingly and succinctly makes its argument: Native Americans are victims of a legal climate that's concluded there's 'too much freedom of religion.'" -The Hollywood Reporter

Current Appearances and More

Books by Phil Cousineau

Nonfiction
Phil Cousineau grew up in a family where they took the dictionary with them on vacations. In Wordcatcher, he writes about the origins of his love of words, and describes more than 300 of his favorite words and the fascinating stories behind them. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
As indispensable as forgiveness has been to the healing process throughout history, there is another equally profound action that is needed for ultimate reconciliation, which Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, calls “the other side of the coin.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This book is a brooding, daring, exploration of the secret strength of storytelling, in which Phil Cousineau addresses the central theme which runs through all of his work, the transportive power of words. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Cousineau writes, "Creativity is as natural as breathing. To create is to grow, which in turn makes us feel vitally alive." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"If Joseph Campbell, the Dalai Lama, and Bill Moyers were to have collaborated on a book about journeys...I suspect it would look very much like The Art of Pilgrimage." ~Austin American Statesman ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Discover the meaning of tea through the eyes of tea lovers from eight countries around the world. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Huston Smith In Conversation with Native Americans on Religious Freedom ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Rekindling the True Spirit of the Great Games ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Conversations with Huston Smith on the Spiritual Life ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Power of Ancient Stories in Modern Times ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Readings from Socrates to Ray Charles ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Travel Stories ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Stories of Synchronicity That Illuminate Our Lives ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A Modern Book of Hours ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Poetry
Poems ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Poems ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A Rhapsody on a Theme of Famous and Infamous Last Words ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Basball Haiku ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

PHIL COUSINEAU: FILM and TV

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Phil Cousineau has more than 20 screenwriting and other credits in documentary films, which have won more than 35 international awards. He is the host and co-writer of Global Spirit, an "internal travel" television series now on PBS.


Cousineau is the host and co-writer of Global Spirit, an "internal travel" television series launched on Link TV and broadcast on PBS local and world stations since 2012. Global Spirit offers insights into some of the deepest eternal questions, tracing our collective human journey in the timeless quest for truth, wisdom and understanding. Each program highlights the transcultural, transcendent dimensions of human inquiry, from the ancient or indigenous wisdom traditions to the latest insights in scientific knowledge. Guests include Deepak Chopra, Robert Thurman, Karen Armstrong, Joanne Shenandoah, Pico Iyer, and more.

In addition to hosting Global Spirit, Cousineau has also appeared as an expert on CNN, The Discovery Channel, and Fox News. He was an on-camera expert for BBC-2’s Joseph Campbell: Hollywood’s Myth Master tribute, and also an expert on the Fox Network special, Star Wars: The Legacy. Cousineau has also appeared on the Hallmark Channel, sharing his views on topics such as the "soul of place" and "the creative fire," and has been interviewed in documentaries on important culturally mythic figures of our time, such as The Dalai Lama, Huston A. Smith, Daisetz Suzuki, and others.

In 2015, you can see Phil Cousineau's mythic take on one of baseball's greats in new Major League Baseball (MLB) documentary, American Hercules: Babe Ruth, which chronicles the slugger's rise to fame and the impact of his career and life. Look for Cousineau's expert commentary on myth and the movies among the special features and extra content on the DVDs of these Warner Bros films: Constantine, Double Indemnity, the deluxe Superman boxed set, The Natural, Wonder Woman, Justice League, and The Supernatural, among others.

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Filmmaking and Scriptwriting: The Hero's Journey and beyond


Phil Cousineau is honored to have worked with Joseph Campbell for several years before his death in 1987. Cousineau was co-screenwriter for The Hero's Journey documentary film about the life of Joseph Campbell. It won several international awards and was a longtime favorite for PBS viewers. Campbell remains and important influence on Cousineau's work.

Praise for The Hero's Journey: The World of Joseph Campbell:

"Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces, a scholar who achieved legendary status as an explicator of myths, is reverently profiled in this documentary that encompasses his long life and career. During his childhood in New York City, Campbell was taken to see "Buffalo Bill" Cody's Wild West Show at Madison Square Garden. Young Campbell was fascinated by the Native Americans in Cody's performing troupe and eventually became obsessed with mythology. As he came to realize that myths worldwide had the same underpinnings, he also discovered his life's work. This documentary mentions Campbell's affinity for the writings of James Joyce and Carl Jung, and there is ample footage of Campbell, casual in flannel shirts, giving lectures salted with references to Buddhism, Christianity, classical mythology, St. Augustine, and the rituals of plains Indians. In later life, Campbell is seen being honored at a banquet at which George Lucas rises to give him credit for helping to inspire the writing of Star Wars....this documentary is an overwhelmingly positive look at his writings, lectures, and personality." -Robert J. McNamara, Amazon.com

Academy Award Nominee
Forever Activists: Stories from the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, another film written by Phil Cousineau, is an inspiring documentary profiling seven American veterans of the Spanish Civil War who fought for the Loyalist cause nd went on to live long lives of activism and social engagement. Forever Activists was honored with an Academy Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement, Documentary Feature. It also won the Special Jury Award at both the San Francisco International Film Festival and National Educational Film & Video Festival, as well as a Blue Ribbon at the American Film and Video Festival and the CINE Golden Eagle Award.

Other award-winning films that Cousineau has screenwriting credits for include Ecological Design: Inventing the Future (narrated by Linda Hunt), Wayfinders: A Pacific Odyssey, Eritrea: March to Freedom, and The Presence of the Goddess (narrated by Isabel Allende).

Additionally, Gary Rhine and Phil Cousineau worked together on a series of acclaimed documentary films around critical Native American issues, which include: Wiping the Tears of Seven Generations, The Peyote Road: Ancient Religion in Contemporary Crisis (narrated by Peter Coyote), The Red Road to Sobriety, Your Humble Serpent: The Life of Reuben Snake, and A Seat at the Table: Struggling for American Religious Freedom. In fact, the widely acclaimed landmark film, The Red Road to Sobriety, was instrumental in the campaign to have Congress overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's 1990 "Smith" decision, which denied the protection of the First Amendment to the traditional sacramental use of peyote by Indian people. Cousineau continues to write and consult on documentary and feature film scripts, and has over 30 film credits to his name.