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  • Title: Sacred Land Film Project
    Descriptive info: .. Our Films.. Resources.. News & Blog.. A community dedicated to protecting the Earth's sacred places through education and action.. About Us.. Get Involved.. News.. Screenings.. Buy DVDs.. Follow Us On:.. Standing on Sacred Ground.. A Four Film Series — Ancient wisdom and modern courage: around the world, eight threatened cultures protect their sacred lands for future generations.. Indigenous communities around the world and in the US resist threats to their sacred places, the original protected lands, in a growing movement to defend human rights and restore the environment.. In this four-part documentary.. Read More.. Discover and Understand.. Sacred Lands.. Around the world there are thousands of places regarded as sacred.. Some are still carefully guarded by indigenous people and are sites of secret ceremony and prayer.. Some are national shrines known to millions.. These holy sites emanate a magnetic force that draws people from far away, though the journey is frequently made only in imagination.. View Index of Sacred Sites.. Tools for Action.. Case Study: Kii Mountains, Japan.. Case Study: Ward Valley, California.. September 10, 2013.. Standing on Sacred Ground World Premiere at Mill Valley Film Fest October 10-13.. Great news: all four films in our new series will be screened at the Mill Valley Film Festival in October, with special guests Tantoo Cardinal, Caleen Sisk, Danil Mamyev.. Check  ...   West Berbice first shopping mall aims at reviving commerce in Rosignol Why stop at Charles Taylor?.. Buying cheap cialis.. Purcell, MD, MBA, associate director of clinical services for the University of Colorado Cancer Center.. Region Ten Chairman Burrowes recommends 18 charges for Town Clerk and City Treasurer GEA successfully combats fuel smuggling Why do people falsify their academic status?.. Cheapest cialis to buy online.. Emory University; internships and residency at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (he was chief resident there); and a Johns Hopkins fellowship in medical oncology.. Education official needs to be investigated Pick it up Guyana campaign needs to be supported by all Caribbean governments should fully support the decision to play these two matches in Florida Govt.. Cialis buy.. Purcell recalled in an easygoing drawl from his native Mississippi.. Fairness We went down without raising a paw It is amazing that people are still alive after visiting the hospital Can our Justice System be compared to the Canadian one?.. Cialis buy online.. Purcell was leading not only the cancer center, but was also a division chief for cardiovascular, neuroscience, musculoskeletal, women and children and other service lines.. Kwakwani Elderly woman stabbed, stripped of jewellery Govt.. Cialis buy overnight.. He was 19 at the time, and from then on, he felt he had to fend for himself..

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  • Title: Sacred Land Film Project » Clips
    Descriptive info: Clips.. In Production: Standing on Sacred Ground.. Previous Films.. New Media.. Order Films.. Awards.. Media Theater: Clips.. Sacred sites are the oldest method of habitat protection on the planet, yet these biological and cultural treasures are under assault — as are the people who have been safeguarding them for millennia.. Building on the success of our award-winning PBS documentary In the Light of Reverence, the Sacred Land Film Project is producing a four-part film series for public television titled Losing Sacred Ground.. The series will expose corporate and environmental assaults on indigenous peoples’ sacred landscapes and promote strategies to protect the ecological integrity of these endangered places.. Satish Kumar on “What Is a Sacred Place?”.. Satish Kumar brings a Hindu, Buddhist and Jain perspective to the definition of "sacred place.. " We found his explanation so compelling that we edited a three-minute piece incorporating some of our best b-roll images, asked Jon Herbst to compose a musical score, and we present it here as a teaser of things to come, to give our friends and supporters a taste of the film series we are shaping.. Enjoy!.. http://www.. sacredland.. org/media/what_is_a_sacred_space_thumb3.. jpg.. org/media/kumar_what_sacred_place.. org/wp-content/plugins/lbg-vp2-html5-rightside/lbg_vp2_html5_rightside/videos/kumar_10_herbst_track_ref.. mp4.. webm.. Winona LaDuke on Redemption.. Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe activist) speaks on the process of apology, redemption and healing; through the story of the Pawnee tribe and the return home to their native land in Nebraska.. http://sacredland.. org/media/winona_la_duke_thumb.. org/media/winona_la_duke.. org/wp-content/plugins/lbg-vp2-html5-rightside/lbg_vp2_html5_rightside/videos/winona_la_duke.. Mapping Sacred Sites.. Maps tell stories, and control of the printing press allowed colonial powers to tell their own stories for centuries.. The Winnemem Wintu tribe was literally taken off the map in California's history books — and is still unrecognized by the U.. S.. government — is using technology to put itself back on the map.. org/media/mapping_sacred_sites_thumb.. org/media/art_mapping_video.. org/wp-content/plugins/lbg-vp2-html5-rightside/lbg_vp2_html5_rightside/videos/mapping_gps_sequence_v4.. The Spring at Panther Meadows.. The Spring at Panther Meadows runs dry.. Produced as a preview of Standing on Sacred Ground, a 4-part series, by the Sacred Land Film Project.. org/media/panther_spring_meadow_thumb.. org/media/panther_spring_meadow.. org/wp-content/plugins/lbg-vp2-html5-rightside/lbg_vp2_html5_rightside/videos/the_spring_at_panther_meadows.. Oren Lyons on Our Relationship With the Earth.. How did Chief Oren first learn about his relationship to the Earth? Listen to his story.. org/media/oren_lyons_our_relationship_with_earth_thumb1.. org/media/oren_relationship_earth_video.. org/wp-content/plugins/lbg-vp2-html5-rightside/lbg_vp2_html5_rightside/videos/oren_lyons_we_are_part_of_the_earth_2.. Satish Kumar on Climate Change.. An interview conducted in May of 2008 at the Green Gulch Zen Center in Muir Beach, California.. Satish Kumar, editor of Resurgence Magazine, explains to us the real cause of global warming and what we need to do to truly change the course of our society.. org/media/satish_kumar_on_climate_change_thumb.. org/media/climate_change_video.. org/wp-content/plugins/lbg-vp2-html5-rightside/lbg_vp2_html5_rightside/videos/satish_global_warming_bite.. Pilgrimage to a Sacred Mountain.. In Russia's Altai Republic, indigenous leader Danil Mamyev makes a pilgrimage to the sacred mountain known as Uch Enmek, after being blessed by the local shaman, Arzhan Kezerikev.. org/media/pilgrimage_sacred_mountain_thumb.. org/media/pilgrimage_sacred_mountain.. org/wp-content/plugins/lbg-vp2-html5-rightside/lbg_vp2_html5_rightside/videos/pilgrimage_to_sacred_mountain.. Guardians of  ...   zinc lies beneath the serpentine riverbed of northern Australia's McArthur River — and the zinc will soon be headed to China's steel mills.. For Aboriginal Australians, the entire river is respected as the Dreamtime pathway of the Rainbow Serpent, one of the most important of the ancestor spirits who formed the land and still enforces the law.. Xstrata Zinc is starting to excavate an open pit mine at McArthur River and is building a 5.. 5 kilometer diversion channel to redirect water around the deep hole the mining company is digging.. When we tried to enter the area with traditional owner Harry Lanson, the mining company threatened to arrest us for trespassing and ordered us to leave.. org/media/song_for_the_ranbow_serpent_thumb.. org/media/song_for_rainbow_video.. org/wp-content/plugins/lbg-vp2-html5-rightside/lbg_vp2_html5_rightside/videos/song_for_the_rainbow_serpent.. The Road to Darwin.. With the Australian Federal Supreme Court preparing to hear a case on the legality of the McArthur River mine expansion and river diversion plan, a group of 50 men, women and children boarded a bus in Boroloola and traveled nearly 1000 kilometers to Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory.. They went to observe the court proceedings and pray, sing and dance in front of the Parliament Building.. When they first arrived they burnt eucalyptus leaves and moved around the area smudging the buildings out of respect for an elder who had recently passed away.. The smoke billowed around the group purifying all of the places where the elder had been during his last visit.. org/media/the_road_to_darwin_thumb2.. org/media/the_road_to_darwin_video2.. org/wp-content/plugins/lbg-vp2-html5-rightside/lbg_vp2_html5_rightside/videos/the_road_to_darwin.. Oren Lyons on The Wizard of Oz.. The classic story "The Wizard of Oz", from an enlightening (and very different) Native America perspective.. org/media/oren_on_oz_thumb.. org/media/oren_wizard_video.. org/wp-content/plugins/lbg-vp2-html5-rightside/lbg_vp2_html5_rightside/videos/oren_lyons_on_the_wizard_of_oz.. Barry Lopez on Storytelling.. One of our major challenges with the Losing Sacred Ground series is how to weave eight stories from around the world together? How do we create a coherent context for the complex sacred land struggles we are documenting? And how do we get PBS viewers to care? One answer is to interview “big thinkers” — people with a lifetime of direct experience and the ability to articulate abstract concepts in imaginative and compelling language.. In February, we had the good fortune to interview my old friend Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams, Of Wolves and Men, and many other wonderful works of non-fiction and fiction.. Barry dug deep to discuss his experiences with traditional peoples and the intimate relationships with place that characterize sacred lands and cultures.. It was on the subject of storytelling, however, that Barry settled into his comfort zone, and told us a four-minute long story that was a true gift.. We thought we would share it online (with Barry’s permission) and we hope you enjoy it.. org/media/barry_storytelling.. org/media/barry_storytelling_video.. org/wp-content/plugins/lbg-vp2-html5-rightside/lbg_vp2_html5_rightside/videos/barry_lopez_on_storytelling..

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  • Title: Sacred Land Film Project » Map of Sacred Lands
    Descriptive info: Map of Sacred Lands.. Sacred Site Reports.. Native Media.. Organizations.. SLFP Archives.. Explore Sacred Lands..

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  • Title: Sacred Land Film Project » News & Blog
    Descriptive info: Blog.. Sacred Land News & Reports From the Field.. September 10, 2013.. Standing on Sacred Ground World Premiere at Mill Valley Film Fest October 10-13.. Posted by: Dianne.. Posted in:.. All four films of the.. series will premiere at the 36th annual Mill Valley Film Festival next month.. Ticket sales open to the public today.. Thursday, October 10:.. Standing on Sacred Ground 1:.. Pilgrims and Tourists (Episode 1).. , 8PM at the Sequoia Theater in Mill Valley, followed by discussion with filmmaker Christopher (Toby) McLeod, actress Tantoo Cardinal, Winnemem Chief Caleen Sisk, and park visionary Danil Mamyev from the Altai Republic of Russia.. Saturday, October 12:.. Standing on Sacred Ground 2:.. Profit and Loss (Episode 2).. , 3 PM at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, followed by discussion with Toby McLeod, Tantoo Cardinal and First Nations tar sands activist Mike Mercredi.. Sunday, October 13:.. Standing on Sacred Ground 3:.. Fire and Ice.. and.. Islands of Sanctuary.. (Episodes 3 and 4), 2:15 PM at the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, plus Q A with Toby McLeod and co-producers Jessica Abbe and Jennifer Huang.. The prestigious Mill Valley Film Festival, with its reputation as a filmmakers festival and unique mix of home-grown and international offerings, is a great base to introduce our series.. Mill Valley was our first choice for a premiere festival and we re honored to be a part of it.. Please join us for an.. Active Cinema hike.. on Saturday, October 5 at 10:30 AM!.. Tickets for the three screenings:.. www.. mvff.. com.. Post a Comment.. Trackback.. Check Out Our New Film Website!.. Posted by: Toby McLeod.. Be the first to visit our new.. website.. ! There s a new trailer for the series, and ticket information for our upcoming screenings, including our World Premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival.. Heartfelt thanks to Anna Heath at Giant Rabbit and our communication consultant Susan Alexander for designing a beautiful new website and loading it with great content.. August 8, 2013.. U.. Premiere of Pilgrims and Tourists on September 14.. Please join us for the U.. premiere of.. Pilgrims and Tourists.. , on Saturday, September 14.. at Redding s beautiful Cascade Theatre, 1733 Market Street in downtown Redding, California.. Russian shamans and a northern California tribe both confront massive government projects—and find common ground.. This film is Episode One of the new four-part documentary series.. , which chronicles the struggles of eight native communities around the world facing threats to lands of spiritual, cultural, and environmental significance.. The first hour-long episode tells the stories of indigenous people of the Altai Republic of Russia and the Winnemem Wintu Tribe of northern California.. Altaians are fighting a proposed natural gas pipeline that threatens their sacred Ukok Plateau while the Winnemem oppose the raising of Shasta Dam, which would flood traditional dance grounds, ancient villages and burials, and numerous sacred sites.. In the film, authors.. Winona LaDuke.. (Anishinaabe) and.. Barry Lopez.. , Chief.. Oren Lyons.. (Onondaga) and philosopher.. Satish Kumar.. provide insights on the rapidly growing global indigenous movement for human rights and environmental protection.. The film is narrated by.. Graham Greene.. (Oneida) with storyteller.. Tantoo Cardinal.. (Métis).. Winnemem Wintu Chief.. Caleen Sisk.. will attend the Redding screening.. Producer/Director.. Christopher (Toby) McLeod.. , who circled the globe for five years filming the eight stories that comprise the four-part series, will be on hand to answer questions, along with Co-Producer.. Jessica Abbe.. , McLeod s wife of 20 years, who grew up in Redding.. There will be a reception to celebrate this long-awaited premiere at 6pm in the Cascade Theatre lobby.. The film starts at 7:30pm.. Please join us!.. Tickets are $35 for the reception and screening and $12 for the film.. Tickets for this event are available at the.. Cascade Theatre web page.. Special Note:.. For our many friends and supporters who have been asking when we will premiere the entire four-part series, the answer will be coming very soon! We have been invited to show all four films from the.. series as part of the Mill Valley Film Festival from October 9-13 (locations and times tbd).. The following week we are planning screenings and a reception for Tuesday, October 15 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, where we are making the films.. This day will feature screenings of all four episodes during the afternoon and a celebratory reception for friends, donors, allies and SLFP crew, starting at 6pm, with two film screenings starting at 7pm.. Finally, we have booked the Roxie Theater in San Francisco for two nights, Wednesday, October 16 and Thursday, October 17 for evening shows that will start at 7pm.. We will also screen one of the four episodes at Bioneers on Saturday, October 19 at 9pm.. Winnemem Chief.. is fighting the proposal to raise the height of Shasta Dam, and she will be present at the October screenings, along with.. Danil Mamyev.. , a nature park founder from the Altai Republic of Russia.. Danil is a visionary leader who is working to preserve traditional cultural knowledge and land long held sacred by Altaians.. In addition, we hope to have.. Mike Mercredi.. , a tar sands frontline activist from Fort Chepewyan, Alberta, Canada.. We have also invited Onondoga Chief.. to attend and speak at the October screenings.. Tickets will go on sale soon here and through our partners, Mill Valley Film Festival, San Francisco Green Film Festival, Earth Island Institute and Glogal Greengrants.. You can purchase tickets for our September 14 premiere in Redding at the.. Thanks to everyone for your support!.. July 9, 2013.. Fire and Water on the Mountain.. The fire was hungry.. It consumed milk, vodka, bread, cheese, lamb’s heads, cow’s legs, barley, cedar, juniper, water and the prayers and songs of a dozen shamans from all over Asia.. The fire roared, sparked, smoked, called out to ancestors and spirits, and seemed very happy to be fed by the people.. On the summer solstice, beneath Uch Enmek Mountain in the Altai Republic of Russia, our friends Maria Amanchina and Danil Mamyev presided over a three-day ritual that honored and blended many fires into one fire.. As Danil described it, the 6th annual ceremony linked sacred sites and their guardians, strengthened lands and waters, deepened traditional knowledge, and clarified the path forward.. When the Altaians made a pilgrimage to Mt.. Shasta in northern California in November of 2007 (four months after our first film trip to Altai), a deep bond was formed.. Beyond giving us a great film scene to link the stories of the Altaians and Winnemem Wintu, the discovery that the Winnemem sacred spring on Mt.. Shasta had gone dry for the first time in tribal memory created a reciprocal relationship — a need for support, dialogue, prayer and mutual care.. So when the Altaians invited Winnemem Chief Caleen Sisk to visit their Golden Mountains to gather water from a sacred spring there, to help heal her spring back home, the invitation needed to be met with another pilgrimage.. With a grant from the Trust for Mutual Understanding, I traveled to Altai for the fire ceremony with Caleen, along with my wife, co-producer and writer Jessica Abbe, and our two teen-aged children, Miles and Fiona.. Caleen’s primary quest was a journey to Uch Enmek Mountain to collect the water to bring back to Mt.. Shasta.. For Jessica and me, our main purpose was premiering the first episode of our new.. film series in the place the story starts: the mountains of Altai.. With the Winnemem story following Altai’s in the first hour of the series, it was appropriate to have Caleen participate in the fire ceremony and then travel with Maria and Danil to sacred places around Altai during our two-week visit.. For Miles and Fiona, it was a chance to see why their dad has been going away for such long trips over the past seven years.. On the second day of the ceremony, Caleen was asked to do a Winnemem ritual around the fire.. Her suitcase was still lost in transit so her regalia was missing.. With the other shamans fully decked out in hundred-year-old feathers and ribbons, Caleen was down to her bare essence, and she shone.. She explained that protecting water is her mission in life, helping the earth find a natural balance between fire and water, so her ritual focused on the waters.. As she prayed and sent pipe smoke skyward a gentle rain began to fall, a beautiful female rain, a lush enveloping mist.. It was awesome — and everyone loved Caleen.. Next year the fire ceremony will move east to Mongolia.. When the Mongolian shaman, Buyanbadrakh, whose day job is as a real estate analyst at Khan Bank in Ulaanbaatar, started his ritual on the final morning, there was electricity in the air.. Buyanbadrakh went into a trance that lasted more than an hour and had everyone on the edge of their seats.. As his assistant gently offered him a pipe, fed him vodka from a bowl, and wrote down the flood of words that flowed like a waterfall, Buyanbadrakh pounded his drum, made the sounds of a horse at work, chanted throat songs, and laughed a storm of wild cackles.. When he returned and settled down, with the help of a dozen carefully-selected helpers, Buyanbadrakh reported that he had overcome 33 obstacles, encountered every one of the 99 Tengri gods, and most importantly, met the Spirit of Altai.. After the huge closing fire under a rising full moon, Danil invited everyone to the world premiere of.. Pilgrims and Tourists in the Pastures of Heaven.. , the first episode of our new four-part series, complete with Russian subtitles.. As the shamans ate dinner in the central yurt and the stubborn Siberian sun approached the horizon at 10pm, we set up an outdoor screen and projector with some trepidation: would anyone come? They all came.. In the emotional discussion that followed the film, here’s a sample of the comments: It is very, very clean.. It touched my heart.. I just stood there and cried.. I m so happy, and a little surprised, that non-indigenous people have made this film.. Many people were crying.. We talked about it all night.. We have just the same problems.. Caleen is so strong; she is an important leader.. We are together, we are united, we cannot be defeated.. Our amazing journey continued on the following day (after Caleen’s suitcase finally arrived) as we mounted horses and headed toward Uch Enmek Mountain.. There were nine of us: Chichen the horse handler and guide, Danil, Caleen, Jessica, Miles, Fiona, Irina the translator, myself, and a dog we called Sam (who ran with us all three days and upon returning home we learned was really named Mukhtar).. Last time I was up in the headwaters of the Karakol Valley with Will Parrinello and Andy Black we filmed Danil in a blizzard, this time the sunshine was glorious and the wildflowers were everywhere.. Caleen’s obstacles continued as she tore a calf muscle mounting a moving horse, but she found a walking stick and carried on with great humor and determination all the way to two small lakes at the foot of the sacred mountain.. Danil lit a fire and introduced Caleen to the eyes of Uch Enmek.. He told us that one lake is a lake of sadness, the crying lake, and the other a lake of joy, the laughing lake.. Caleen circumambulated each lake slowly and gathered the water to take back to Mt.. Shasta, to connect the mountains spiritually.. Hearing Caleen sing to the lakes brought tears to Danil’s eyes.. He said, Perhaps the lakes were suprised to hear songs they have not heard for a thousand years.. I think they liked it very much.. One week later we all stood in the MultiMedia Museum in Moscow and presented the film to a lively Moscow audience.. With Danil, Caleen and Chagat Almashev from Foundation for Sustainable Development of Altai on hand, the discussion lasted late into the night.. Our pilgrimage was complete.. The film is born — and the waters of Altai are heading to Mt.. 1 Comment.. July 8, 2013.. Please Comment on Shasta Dam Raise DEIS.. The Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft Environmental Impact Statement and opened a 90-day public comment period on the U.. government s proposal to raise the height of Shasta Dam by 18.. 5 feet.. Heightening the dam would flood 5,000 more acres, add 14% more water (an additional 634,000 acre feet) to Shasta Lake during wet years, and require Congressional approval.. The estimated cost, according to the EIS: $1.. 07 billion dollars.. Most of the water is destined for agricultural users who can resell the subsidized water.. New housing developments and Southern California cities are possible end users of increased water storage behind Shasta Dam.. Another possible beneficiary is California s oil industry, currently ramping up the use of water-intensive hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the southern Central Valley, raising fears of chemical contamination of groundwater and increased earthquake activity.. Native salmon have been blocked from their historic spawning grounds in the upper McCloud, Sacramento and Pit Rivers since Shasta Dam was completed in the 1940s.. No bypass for fish species was included in this proposed project.. Still, proponents of the dam enlargement argue that making the barrier bigger will benefit the endangered fish, by creating a deeper cold-water pool behind the dam and lowering the temperature of released water.. The project would create temporary construction jobs but not increase long-term employment in the region.. If the project goes forward the Winnemem Wintu Tribe would lose ceremonial dance grounds still in use today, sacred sites such as Puberty Rock, along with the flooding of many burials still located at traditional Winnemem village sites.. For details please  ...   respect.. That is also my commitment as Secretary of the U.. Department of Agriculture.. I know my fellow Secretaries share in this commitment.. We understand the importance of these sites and will do our best to make sure they are protected and respected.. In March 2002, with the Pentagon still damaged from the 9-11 jetliner crash, I made my way inside the damaged fortress with Hopi elder Vernon Masayesva and Winnemem Chief Caleen Sisk, to screen.. In the Light of Reverence.. for Defense Department officials.. We had learned that military bases around the U.. contain dozens of Native American sacred sites, and native people who were working inside the Pentagon wanted to educate the top brass about a little discussed subject.. Uniformed officers were scurrying around the halls with huge briefing notebooks as they continued bombing Afghanistan, and we showed the film to a good-sized audience, with lots of interesting questions.. On the walls of the room there were military aircraft of every vintage painted in living color sacred sites in the crosshairs.. To see Leon Panetta’s signature on this document is amazing.. Check it out.. March 3, 2013.. Colombian Leader Rogelio Mejia Survives Assassination Attempt.. SLFP News.. We were shocked to learn that SLFP colleague Rogelio Mejia narrowly escaped death three months ago.. Mejia, a leader of the northern Colombian Arhuaco tribe, survived an attack that riddled his car with 40 bullets.. Such an act of violence committed against the Arhuaco people is not uncommon.. Colombian guerilla groups — and the government itself — perpetuate murder and continue to deny justice to the Arhuaco.. The Arhuaco are the indigenous inhabitants of the Sierra Nevada mountains of northern Colombia, comprising a peaceful, agrarian community.. They believe in sustaining their sacred land and consider themselves the protectors of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a place they believe to be the heart of the world.. Yet they find themselves in the middle of a massive civil war that rages between leftist guerilla armies, paramilitaries and the Colombian government that has the Arhuaco fighting for survival.. The attempted assassination occurred on November 12, and had no clear motive.. Mejia, who sustained three bullet wounds, was only slightly injured.. He escaped by the time gunmen interrogated the two other people in the car, who also escaped without injury before police arrived.. The crime will likely go unpunished and without a thorough investigation, if past response by the Colombian government to similar violent crimes against the Arhuaco is any indication.. The Colombian government turns a blind eye toward the killing of the Arhuaco people and has participated in such murder through the use of right wing paramilitaries.. Twenty-two years ago, three Arhuaco leaders were traveling to the Colombian capital when they were kidnapped, brutally tortured, and later murdered by members of the Colombian army.. When Dilla Torres, widow of Angel Maria Torres, one of the three Arhuaco leaders assassinated in 1991, found her husband dead ten days after the kidnapping, his hair was torn out and his fingers cut off.. No one has been punished despite government acknowledgment that members of the army had in fact committed the murders.. Such crimes continue to go unpunished, such as the rape and murder of a 13 year-old Arhuaco girl last year.. An investigation has yet to be conducted.. Left wing guerilla militias, the sworn enemies of the Colombian government, also pose a threat to the future of the Arhuaco community.. In 2004, Arhuaco spiritual leader Mariano Suarez Chaparro was murdered by the Fuerzas Armadas de Colombia (FARC), a renegade guerilla force.. Chaparro was the 20th Arhuaco killed between 2000 and 2004.. Since then, countless Arhuaco lives have been cut short in the civil war between armed forces and the government.. Many members of the Arhuaco community have also been forcibly recruited into guerilla armies such as FARC in their fight against the government.. Rogelio Mejia was not the first, and likely will not be the last, affected by the viciousness of the Colombian government toward its indigenous peoples.. The attempted assassination of Mejia is not an anomaly, but one of many documented cases of violence against the Arhuaco.. Thanks to.. Survival International.. for their original reporting on this story.. Sneak Previews in Washington D.. on March 23-24.. Event.. The Sacred Land Film Project is pleased to announce advance screenings of the first two documentary films of the.. Please join us for sneak previews in Washington, D.. , on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 at the U.. Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.. On opposite sides of the globe, a northern California tribe and indigenous shamans in the Russian Republic of Altai confront massive government projects—and find common ground.. will screen.. at the Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St.. in Georgetown on Saturday, March 23 at 7:00 PM.. , indigenous communities fight mining and confront viewers with the ethical consequences of consumerism.. Villagers in Papua New Guinea resist forced relocation and battle a nickel mine dumping waste into the sea.. In Canada, First Nations people are divided by a tar sands industry that provides economic growth but is destroying traditional hunting and fishing grounds.. at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium at the intersection of 10th Street and Constitution Ave.. on Sunday, March 24 at 3:30 PM.. Smithsonian Anthropologists.. Joshua Bell.. and.. Gwyneira Isaac.. will lead a panel discussion after the screening.. , who circled the globe for five years filming the four-part series, will be on hand to take questions at both screenings.. Co-producer.. Jennifer Huang.. and editor.. Marta Wohl.. will attend the Sunday screening of.. Standing on Sacred Ground.. series is narrated by.. (Oneida), with storytellers.. (Métis) and.. Q’orianka Kilcher.. The screenings are co-sponsored by the Indian Law Resource Center and the Association on American Indian Affairs.. Please Note.. : Saturday night’s screening of.. is in a small theater, and online reservations are highly recommended.. For reservations visit the U.. Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.. Partial funding for.. was provided by the.. Sundance Institute Documentary Fund,.. Pacific Islanders in Communication and Vision Maker Media.. February 4, 2013.. Thank You! We Met Our Goal of a $25,000 Matching Donation!.. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our year-end funding appeal! Thanks to.. YOU.. we reached ou.. r.. $25,000.. matching.. donation.. goal! We appreciate your continued support of.. Your contribution enables us to continue with the post-production of our four-part documentary series on sacred places in the United States and around the world.. With your help we are now making the final push to completion.. We have finished the fine cuts of our first two hours and are busy with final editing of the other two hours: music composition, maps and graphics, archival footage licensing, color correction and sound mix.. I’m happy to report that the native Canadian actor Graham Greene (Oneida) is narrating the series, and he sounds great!.. Last September, I had the privilege of joining three of the sacred site guardians featured in our film-series – Caleen Sisk, Chief of the Winnemem Wintu, Emmett Aluli of Hawai‘i and Danil Mamyev of the Altai Republic of Russia – in Jeju, South Korea at the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Conservation Congress.. We screened edited segments from.. and Caleen, Emmett and Danil spoke to a large international audience.. The importance of the alliances formed during production of our film series is becoming clearer to me as we plan our distribution campaign.. Our indigenous partners are enthusiastically looking forward to putting the new films to work.. As we move forward in this final phase, you can keep up with the latest sacred site news and the progress of our work on.. by visiting our website to.. watch video clips.. , read our.. blog.. and explore our.. tool kit.. to learn how you can take action to help protect sacred places and their indigenous guardians.. Thank you again for your.. contribution.. I am glad to be able to count on you as a valued member of our community of supporters from all over the world.. — Toby McLeod.. November 1, 2012.. Feds Drop Charges Against Winnemem.. Posted by: Lynn Brown.. North America.. Month after month in early 2012, the.. Winnemem Wintu.. organized protests, online petitions and letter-writing campaigns demanding the closure of a small stretch of the McCloud River in northern California.. They were requesting the river closure from the U.. Forest Service so the tribe could hold a coming-of-age ceremony for the young woman who will be the next leader of the tribe.. Their past puberty ceremonies had been disrupted by loud motor boats, drunken revelers, racial epithets and women baring their breasts as the Winnemem tried to use their traditional dance grounds and river.. Finally, after a meeting with Regional Forester Randy Moore just a few days before the ceremony was scheduled to start, the tribe was granted the permits necessary to conduct the ceremony in an atmosphere of safety and respect.. Despite this effort, the Winnemem were still subject to threats and harassment by outsiders, including the Forest Service law enforcement agents who were present to enforce the river closure.. At the end of a four-day ceremony, which was held during the full moon in July, Chief Caleen Sisk was issued two federal citations — each bearing a $5,000 fine.. She was charged with violating the very river closure that the Winnemem had requested.. During previous puberty ceremonies, the Winnemem used a motorboat to ferry elders back and forth across the river to visit the young initiate in her camp on the far side of the river.. This use has been observed in the past by the Forest Service and was clearly disclosed in permit negotiations this year.. Nonetheless, after the ceremony was completed, and a few minutes after Chief Sisk s attorney left the camp the morning after the final dance, law enforcement agents swept into camp in SUVs to serve Chief Sisk with the two tickets.. In a classic Catch-22, the Forest Service law enforcement officers claimed the tribe s own boat was a violation of the river closure.. Though the need for the boat had been clearly communicated to the Forest Service, the law enforcement officers who issued the tickets said they had no knowledge of this.. A federal court date was set for October 16 in Redding, although the feds refused to tell the Winnemem exactly what the two citations were for.. The Winnemem Chief planned to plead not guilty to violating the law and spent considerable time finding a defense attorney.. But on the afternoon of October 15, as Chief Sisk was preparing to appear in court, the federal attorney in Sacramento decided to dismiss the citations, with no further explanation.. The Winnemem are now asking for a formal apology from the Forest Service, along with acknowledgment of the disruption that the citations and harassment caused to the ceremony, and the harm done to the relationship between the tribe and the Forest Service.. Older Entries.. Search.. Categories.. Action Alert (32).. Africa (11).. Altai Republic (1).. Asia (31).. Australia/Oceania (30).. Christopher McLeod (1).. Energy (13).. Europe (5).. Event (18).. Finding Sacred Ground (69).. In the Light of Reverence (25).. Logging (4).. Mining (35).. Multimedia Art Museum Moscow (1).. New Film Clip (23).. New Sacred Site Reports (10).. North America (141).. Oil (5).. Pilgrims and Tourists (1).. 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    Descriptive info: More Than a Film Project.. Staff Bios.. Donate to SLFP.. Testimonials.. Annual Reports.. Earth Island Institute’s Sacred Land Film Project produces a variety of media and educational materials — films, videos, DVDs, articles, photographs, school curricula materials and Web site content — to deepen public understanding of sacred places, indigenous cultures and environmental justice..  ...   for land, increase respect for cultural diversity, stimulate dialogue about connections between nature and culture, and protect sacred lands and diverse spiritual practices.. For the last decade we have focused on the production and distribution of the documentary film,.. We are currently in post-production on a four-part series on sacred places around the world, entitled..

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    Descriptive info: There are many ways to get involved with our project and support the protection of sacred places and cultural diversity around the world.. We are, after all, building a community of cross-cultural cooperation with this work, and we welcome the growth of the community.. Sign Up for our Mailing List and Join the Sacred Land Defense Team!.. Sacred Land.. Defense Team:.. To resist threats to sacred landscapes and promote respect for the religious freedom of the indigenous peoples, SLFP formed the Sacred Land Defense Team.. We send concerned team members the information you need to spring into action to protect threatened sacred sites around the world.. Please fill out the form below to subscribe or send us your information by mail to:.. Sacred Land Film Project.. 2150 Allston Way, Suite 440.. Berkeley, CA 94704.. We will send you periodic email alerts about actions you can take, upcoming film screenings and sacred land news.. If you would like to receive our annual  ...   other people who share your concerns and should be aware of our work, or who might be financial supporters, please send along their names and addresses via snail mail (see below) or.. email.. (we do not sell, rent or trade our mailing list).. Support the Project.. We survive through the generosity of individual donors.. To those of you who have already supported our work with a tax-deductible donation, we say THANK YOU! For those who are in a position to send a donation, we would be grateful for any level of support you re inspired to send.. You can make an.. online tax-deductible donation here.. You may also make a check payable to Earth Island Institute/SLFP and mail it to:.. Volunteer.. If you would like to get involved by donating your time to the project please.. contact us!.. We need help in the following areas:.. Help us to set up a screening.. Website administration.. Social media outreach.. Research.. Expert advice.. Administration..

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    Descriptive info: Upcoming Screenings.. Redding, California Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 7:30pm.. premiere of.. The film is Episode One of the new four-part documentary series.. , which chronicles the struggles of native people around the world facing threats to lands of spiritual, cultural, and environmental significance.. The documentary tells the stories of indigenous people of the Altai Republic of Russia and the Winnemem Wintu Tribe of northern California.. In the film, authors Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) and Barry Lopez, Chief Oren Lyons (Onondaga) and philosopher Satish Kumar provide insights on a growing global indigenous movement for human rights and environmental protection.. The film is narrated by Graham Greene (Oneida) and features storyteller Tantoo Cardinal (Métis).. Winnemem Wintu Chief Caleen Sisk will attend the screening at Redding s beautiful Cascade Theatre, 1733 Market Street in downtown Redding.. Producer/Director Christopher (Toby) McLeod, who circled the globe for five years filming the four-part series, will also be on hand to take questions, along with Co-Producer Jessica Abbe, who grew up in Redding.. Tickets are $35 for the reception and screening, and $12 for the film.. Tickets are available at the.. Cascade Theatre web page for this event.. 2011 2013 Past Screenings.. Washington, D.. Saturday March 23 and Sunday March 24, 2013.. We are pleased to announce advance screenings of the first two films in the.. on Saturday March 23 and Sunday March 24 at the.. Environmental Film Festival in the Nation s Capital.. will screen at the Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St.. Profit and Loss.. Smithsonian Anthropologist Joshua Bell will lead a panel discussion after the screening.. Producer/Director Christopher (Toby) McLeod, who circled the globe for five years filming the four-part series, will be on hand to take questions at both screenings.. Co-producer Jennifer Huang and editor Marta Wohl will attend the Sunday screening of.. Berkeley, CA Thursday, March 15, 2012.. Earth Island Institute and the Sacred Land Film Project Present.. a preview of scenes from the upcoming series.. Reception at 6 pm Tickets are $100 for the reception and screening.. (TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT).. Screening starts at 7:30 pm with remarks by Caleen Sisk, spiritual leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe and Danil Mamyev, sacred site guardian from the Altai Republic of Russia.. Following the screening — a Q A Session with Director Toby McLeod.. Tickets for the screening are $15.. David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley (2 blocks from Downtown Berkeley BART).. Tickets are available for purchase in advance through Earth Island Institute starting February 10 or at the  ...   ).. Indigenous Voices on Climate Change Film Festival.. National Museum of Denmark.. , Copenhagen.. 4pm-6pm,.. Free Admission.. http://dev.. ourworld.. unu.. edu/en/cop15-filmfestival/.. Chico, CA Thursday, October 22.. Chico Green Film Solutions Series.. CSU Chico.. Ayers 120 Auditorium.. 200-299 W 1st Street.. 7:30pm.. belongingthedoc.. com/.. Paris, France - October 5-23 TBD.. Cultures and Developments Exhibit.. UNESCO.. Anchorage, AK Tuesday, April 21, 2009.. Indigenous Peoples Global Summit on Climate Change, Dena ina Center, Anchorage, Alaska, 20-24 April 2009.. 7:00pm-8:30pm.. indigenoussummit.. com/servlet/content/home.. html.. Portland, OR Tuesday, March 3, 2009.. work-in-progress clip.. Rethinking Protected Areas in a Changing World The 2009 George Wright Society Biennial Conference on Parks,.. Protected Areas and Cultural Sites.. 10:00am- 12:00pm.. georgewright.. org/gws2009.. 2008 Screenings.. Berkeley, CA Sunday, November 23, 2008.. Screening of.. Free Land Project s.. 3rd Annual Thangs Taken: Rethinking Thanksgiving.. Featuring Caleen Sisk-Franco and Mark Franco (Winnemem Wintu),.. Corrina Gould (Ohlone), Malcolm Margolin (author, The Ohlone Way), and Director Christopher McLeod.. 7PM,.. La Peña Cultural Center.. , 3105 Shattuck Avenue.. Barcelona, Spain Monday, October 8, 2008.. Screening of: Australia and The Altai (work-in-progress clips of.. IUCN World Conservation Congress.. Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona Room: Conservation Cinema.. 10:00 am – 10:30 am.. Barcelona, Spain Wednesday, October 6, 2008.. Screening of:.. 4:35 pm – 5:35 pm.. New York, NY Saturday April 2, 2008.. Sacred Lands of the Altai.. ) Spring symposium: “Sustaining Cultural and Biological Diversity in a Rapidly Changing World: Lessons for Global Policy”.. American Museum of Natural History Center for Biodiversity and Conservation,.. 4:15 5:00 pm.. For information: Fiona Brady: brady@amnh.. org or 212-496-3431.. http://symposia.. cbc.. amnh.. org/biocultural/agenda.. Flagstaff, AZ Saturday, March 8, 2008.. Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival.. Orpheum Theater, 15 W.. Aspen St Session 5 – Local Focus,.. 9am-12:30pm.. (928) 556-1580.. 2007 Screenings.. Boulder, CO Saturday, November 17, 2007.. Preserving the Lands of Valmont Butte Valmont Butte Heritage Alliance and Trust for Public Land s Fundraiser.. 4:30 pm– 8:30 pm.. Colorado University, Boulder Campus, UMC Room 235.. For information: Cathy Bauers:.. cab7660@yahoo.. or 303-530-9557.. valmontbutte.. Wilmington, NC Tuesday, November 13, 2007.. As part of the Native American History Month Discussion led by Dr.. Patricia Barker Lerch Professor and Chair, Dept.. of Anthropology University of North Carolina Wilmington Randall Library Auditorium,.. 7:00 pm.. uncw.. edu/.. Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India Tuesday, September 25, 2007.. Screening of Winnemem War Dance at Shasta Dam.. Water and People III Development Film Festival.. 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    Descriptive info: Protection Strategies for Sacred Sites.. What Is a Sacred Site?.. Case Studies.. Guidelines & Toolkits.. Laws & Court Cases Involving Sacred Lands.. International Efforts to Protect Sacred Places.. Ethics for Visiting Sacred Places.. SLFP Reports & Guidelines.. In the Light of Reverence Teacher's Guide.. Is Nothing Sacred? Corporate Responsibility for the Protection of Native American Sacred Sites.. Report of the Native American Sacred Lands Forum.. Sacred Natural Sites: Guidelines for Protected Area Managers.. The Sacred Land Reader.. Conflict Transformation & Restorative Justice.. The Conflict Transformation Process.. Articles & Books.. Web Resources.. Investigate Your Government Representatives.. Research Information.. Selected Resource Indexes on Native American Issues.. Treaties.. Bibliography: Recommended Reading on Sacred Lands.. Many of the Sacred Site Reports published on our website tell the stories of protection efforts that ultimately yielded success.. These protected site reports illustrate strategies and lessons learned that may prove useful to other groups seeking to protect a sacred site under threat.. Badger Two Medicine, Montana.. The victory of the Blackfeet and their allies in defending Badger-Two Medicine from proposed oil and gas drilling shows the impact that a coalition of groups drawing upon common interest can have.. In this case, Native American tribes, the conservation community, outdoor sportsmen, ranchers and business owners joined forces to successfully lobby Congress to change the U.. policy on energy leases in protected areas.. Kahoʻolawe, Hawaii.. After decades of use as a military bombing range, the island — as a result of strong and persistent activism — was officially returned to Native Hawaiians and a fund was created for cleanup.. While cleanup is still incomplete, the return of Kahoʻolawe shows the power of a visible activist movement that regains land, raises public awareness and begins ecological and spiritual restoration of sacred  ...   iconic sacred site contributed to a nearly decade-long delay in implementing the project, which was ultimately scrapped because of skyrocketing costs.. Taos Blue Lake, New Mexico.. It took a long campaign for congressional legislation, and ultimately an executive decision, to restore Blue Lake to the Taos Pueblo.. Testimony by native practitioners, determined insistence on religious freedom and justice, and nurturance of public support over 60 years brought about a positive outcome, setting a model precedent for sacred land disputes: by returning land to the tribe, impact was limited and permanent protection of the sacred place was ensured.. Tongariro National Park, New Zealand.. Thanks to a visionary Maori chief who feared the encroachment of European settlers might cause his sacred land to be divvied up and parceled out, the Tongariro area has been a national park since 1894.. Today, the park serves as a model for how protection of the environment and biodiversity and the preservation of traditional indigenous culture and beliefs can be mutually supportive and provide benefits to all.. Ulu.. u-Kata Tju.. t.. a, Australia.. Once appropriated by the Australian government for commercial tourism development and renamed “Ayers Rock” and “Mount Olga,” Uluru and Kata Tju.. a are now the centerpiece of a 330,000-acre national park owned by the Anangu people, who jointly manage it along with Parks Australia and use their traditional laws and practices to guide park policy.. Ward Valley, California.. The Ward Valley struggle is an important example of collaboration between tribal communities and environmental groups toward a common goal.. The environmental justice framework for the campaign asserted Native American sovereignty and human rights, protection of sacred sites, and it served as a critique of nuclear power as a threat to Indian peoples and their lands..

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