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- Posted on November 2, 2013 | No CommentsOn a recent trip to the Kruta River near Cape Gracias a Dios on the Honduran Caribbean and the Nicaraguan Border, life without roads and little electricity proceeds slowly, detached from the world at large. As sea levels rise, already economically-marginalized coastal villages in the mangrove swamps are slowly being inundated by the rising tides.
- Posted on September 12, 2013 | No CommentsIdle No More Los Angeles offered drumming, prayer, poetry, and healing at the September 3rd protest at the downtown Pacific Oil Conference and Trade Show. Called “The Western Summit” for petroleum marketers, around 50 people demonstrated peacefully, holding down the corner of a busy thoroughfare of LA Live! for three hours, in the shadow of the towering new Marriott-Ritz Carlton.
- Posted on July 25, 2013 | No CommentsChief Oren Lyons, distinguished member of the United Nations Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders on Human Survival, lectures on what happened to the millions of indigenous people who lived in North and South America when they were "discovered" and the past and present challenges for the Peacemakers, recently featured on KPFK's "American Indian Airwaves." Listen to the first part of the speech below. We also included a short talk from the Sacred Land Film Project.
- Posted on July 10, 2013 | 1 CommentBaja California, despite proximity to the US and recent rampant growth, remains a wild and untamed coastal desert. Behind the charming pueblitos and peaceful resorts lies a varied history where conquest and development have moved both slow and fast. Following a recent trip to the Gulf of California town of Loreto, this first in a series of articles attempts to define what makes the place special, as well as what the future holds for this (mostly) hidden resort region.
- Posted on February 4, 2013 | 3 CommentsIdle No More has awakened indigenous voices from all over North America, blockading highways and border crossings, flash-mobbing in shopping malls, facing arrest and imprisonment. At issue are sovereignty and treaty rights, dancing and demonstrating for Mother Earth: for the protection of the air, the water, and the land, motivating native peoples out of their idleness and into the streets.
- Posted on January 12, 2013 | No CommentsIkland recounts a quest to re-connect with the Ik people. For producer Cevin Soling, they represented the last outpost of imagination in a world devoid of myth. Soling and his crew risked their lives by traveling through war-ravaged northern Uganda to reach them. Their experience was alien and surreal in ways only Jonathan Swift might have imagined...
- Posted on December 13, 2012 | 1 CommentThe Kallawaya cosmovision is based upon thousands of years of experiential knowledge about their environment and shared among many other communities across the High Andes. At the center of the cosmovision is the notion that humanity must live in harmony with the environment. Illness is the result of a spiritual dissonance caused by some sort disconnect between a person and his or her environment. One of the main tenets of the Kallawaya cosmovision is an ethic of reciprocity that is applied equally to people, communities, and the environment.
- Posted on September 8, 2012 | No CommentsThe documentary "Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth" presents an alternative worldview to industrial capitalism consuming the earth, following six young Maya into their daily and ceremonial life, revealing their determination to resist the destruction of their culture and environment.
- Posted on December 22, 2011 | No CommentsThe Soyal Ceremony begins on the shortest day of the year, and symbolizes the second phase of Creation at the Dawn of Life. Its prayers and rituals implement a plan of life for the coming year, ceremonially turning back the sun toward its summer path.
- Posted on November 18, 2011 | 1 CommentIn this independent documentary, the Mapuche vision of the world is the basis to understand the struggle to protect their land and culture. The music, the paintings, the poetry, the language, the rituals, the traditions, and the strength of nature and the ancestors are present in "The Voice of the Mapuche".
- Posted on November 5, 2011 | No CommentsA documentary in two parts about an independent school Tatuutsí Maxakwaxí of the Wixáritari, in the Sierra Madre Occidental of Mexico. The school focuses on preservation of their ancient culture and providing life tools for the young, enabling their participation in the official educational system of Mexico.
- Posted on October 10, 2011 | 3 CommentsA Brazilian judge has ordered construction suspended on the controversial Belo Monte hydroelectric dam in the Amazon. Norte Energia, the consortium behind the dam's construction, is expected to appeal the decision. Send a message to Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, urging her to defend the Amazon and its people by stopping the Belo Monte Dam.
- Posted on October 8, 2011 | 2 CommentsDavid Swallow speaks of a new era, learning from the prophecies of Crazy Horse. After a large flash lights the sky, charcoal and ashes fallen to cover the earth, new grass will grow and the waters clear, and God's children will play together. Follow the spiritual leaders into the sacred places for guidance, to experience a land without modern-day illusion. In the spirit world we are all connected, the fire that generates life without end.
- Posted on September 24, 2011 | No CommentsInuit communities, elders and hunters, speak regarding social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic and their conception of poles shifting, winds different, stars unrecognized. A Labrador Inuit Aurora Borealis myth illuminates their traditional connection with the stars.
- Posted on August 31, 2011 | No CommentsA myth from the Warao People who inhabit the rainforests of the Orinoco Delta of northeastern Venezuela and western Guyana. The term Warao means "The Boat People," referring to their intimate connection with water. Here a hunter takes on an ogress in a story of the origin of the Pleiades.
- Posted on August 28, 2011 | 5 CommentsA highway to facilitate traffic from Brazil through Bolivia is to bisect an enormous tropical national park, severely impacting self-governed indigenous communities. No regulations exist for consulting these communities where initiatives affect their territories. They are marching for 35 days from the Amazon jungle to La Paz, the capital, in protest.
- Posted on August 4, 2011 | No CommentsFor more than 12,000 years, the intermountain West's native peoples have called the lands known as Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks "home." This program explores modern indigenous perspectives on these great wilderness areas and explores the cultural divide that separates modern times from the not-so-distant past.
- Posted on July 26, 2011 | 7 CommentsThe Moskitia is the largest, most biodiverse expanse of tropical wilderness north of the Amazon Basin – and the Indigenous Peoples who live there are determined to keep it that way. Unfortunately, no greater threat exists to the natural wealth hidden in the "Mesoamerican Biological Corridor" than the gigantic, transnational Patuca II, IIA, and III Dams.
- Posted on July 13, 2011 | 1 CommentTraditional Goolarabooloo and Jabirr Jabirr land custodians from the Kimberley, Western Australia, have voiced concerns about the proposed $30 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project at Walmadan or James Price Point. They say turning their coast into a gas hub will have devastating impacts on wildlife and nearby communities.