Barry Lopez left us with so many gifts—messages from the road, stories that help—written beautifully by a cultural bridge, a runner who risked his life out there on the edge and returned over and over to craft a stirring tale. Barry alarmed us and gave us hope. Join project director Toby McLeod for our first Audio Archive, a 2011 conversation on deep listening, the meaning of sacred lands, and the importance of maintaining an ongoing conversation with the Earth—with our good friend and advisor, the late Barry Lopez (1945-2020).
Our 2011 film interview with author Barry Lopez for the Standing on Sacred Ground series yielded an embarrassment of riches. Listen to part two of the discussion between project director Toby McLeod and his friend Barry Lopez as they reflect on the future of sacred sites, the role of technology in our lives, and the importance of following the leadership of the elders.
Our 1997 interview with Standing Rock Sioux author Vine Deloria, Jr. (1933-2005) provided a solid intellectual framework for viewers of In the Light of Reverence. Vine offers timeless wisdom about Mato Tipila (Lodge of the Bear, aka Devils Tower) and other sites sacred to the Lakota in and around the Black Hills. The author of more than 25 books, including the classics, Custer Died for Your Sins and God is Red, Vine rarely sat for film interviews.