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Q&A: Raising money for film on Omaha woman's cancer story





"Shoshana and Nathan Philips are from the Omaha tribe in northeastern Nebraska, where Shoshana served as a healer and educator. She was diagnosed with cancer five years ago and moved with her husband and two children to Michigan for treatment. Although doctors predicted she had only six months to live, she is still alive and fighting five years later. Shoshana is currently undergoing chemotherapy, but she credits much of her health to the Native American traditional healing rituals she has carefully observed throughout these treatments. A new documentary directed by Maria Stanisheva, titled, 'Between Earth and Sky,' is about their quest for a cure.

As medical options are dwindling, Shoshana and Nathan are returning to the Omaha reservation to gather willow poles to create a purification sweat lodge and ceremonial tipi. The family will then travel to Washington D.C. to participate in a gathering of elders that takes place each May in front of the White House. 'Between Earth and Sky' will follow the family on this journey, exploring the ancestral and familial traditions that bind us together. The two children will also record video diaries for the documentary in a mission to document their mother's stories. This way, she will always be with them, no matter what happens."

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Kickstarter Documentary 'Between Earth And Sky' Follows Family On Healing Journey (The Huffington Post 4/26)