Standing on Sacred Ground Episode 1: Pilgrims and Tourists
Russian shamans and a northern California tribe both confront massive government projects—and find common ground.
Around the world, indigenous communities stand in the way of government megaprojects. In the Russian Republic of Altai, a pristine mountain region in southern Siberia, traditional native people create their own mountain parks to rein in tourism, and resist state-run energy giant Gazprom’s plans to run a pipeline to China through a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In California, Winnemem Wintu girls grind herbs on a medicine rock as elders protest U.S. government plans to enlarge Shasta Dam, which would forever submerge this touchstone of the tribe. Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe), Oren Lyons (Onondaga), Satish Kumar and Barry Lopez provide insights on a growing global indigenous movement for human rights and environmental protection. Narrated by Graham Greene (Oneida), with storyteller Tantoo Cardinal (Métis).
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The Standing On Sacred Ground series tells eight distinct stories from the viewpoints of diverse indigenous communities — stories that evoke ancient and contemporary spiritual connections to earth, while exploring how the health of our global environment can be sustained through respectful understanding of the sacred lands and traditions of these native peoples.
Medford Film Collaborative is screening all four films:
11/18/2015 – Sacred Lands Film Series I: Pilgrims and Tourists @ Grace Episcopal
12/02/2015 – Sacred Lands Film Series II: Profit and Loss @ Medford Arts Center (Mall Location) sponsored by MACI
01/13/2016 – Sacred Lands Film Series III: Fire and Ice @ Sanctuary UCC
01/27/2016 – Sacred Lands Film Series IV: Islands of Sanctuary @ Medford Arts Center (Mall Location) sponsored by Medford Farmers Marke