Hopi elder Thomas Banyacya (1909-1999) was selected as spokesman for traditional leaders in 1948, after atom bombs triggered Hopi awareness that the prophecized “gourd full of ashes” had finally appeared. We worked with Thomas from 1977 through 1999 and were fortunate to film him at Chaco Canyon, in Washington DC, and at sacred migration sites around the Four Corners area. His humor, good spirit and wisdom will be long remembered.
Around the world, indigenous people stand up for their traditional sacred lands in defense of cultural survival, human rights and the environment.
In this moving visual poem, Christopher McLeod explores why certain places are held to be sacred and how wilderness nourishes the soul. Stories include a Hawaiian protest against geothermal drilling in the Wao Kele O Puna rainforest, the vision song of Southern Ute elder Eddie Box, and an interview with Earth First founder Dave Foreman.
When a developer proposed a 5-story condo-commercial complex on the site of a 5,000-year-old Ohlone village site known as the “West Berkeley Shellmound,” fierce opposition grew in support of local leader Corrina Gould.
Indigenous women and youth sparked something magical at Standing Rock, drawing thousands of supporters and donations from around the world with a compelling message: water is sacred.
Five days at Standing Rock — leading up to December 5, 2016 — with an influx of 2,000 veterans and an apparent victory.
A theme running like a stream through all of our films. We could also be the Sacred Water Film Project.
We gathered in Hawai‘i—25 sacred site guardians from around the world— three shaman from Mongolia and Russia, a throat singer from Kyrgyzstan, a Native American healer from California, a nomadic…
During the national broadcasts of our four-part PBS series, Standing on Sacred Ground., we created memes for social media. Here’s the collection.
Our work at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu kicked off on September 1. We are focusing on building a Toolkit for indigenous communities to help protect sacred natural sites and…