More than two years in the making, the Western Folklife Center’s public television documentary Healing the Warrior’s Heart is complete and will premiere on KUED Channel 7, Salt Lake City, in conjunction with the Veterans Day holiday in November. This one-hour special examines the emotional trauma of war through the prism of Native American tradition and ceremony. The program reveals the central role that military service plays in Native life and explores the spiritual traditions that help returning American Indian soldiers reintegrate into society. These traditions hold lessons for the nation as we seek to bring comfort and healing to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.
The program’s narrator is Peter Coyote, who is perhaps PBS's most recognized voice. He's done work for Ken Burns, and also appeared in feature films including Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.” Peter's typical fee is far beyond the budget for this project, but he liked the subject matter enough to offer his services at a small fraction of his rate!