The legendary Winnemem Wintu healer, Florence Jones (1907-2003), passed on leadership of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe to Caleen Sisk over a decade ago. Although Chief Sisk is recognized the world over as a powerful indigenous leader, the U.S. government continues its failure to recognize the Winnemem Wintu.
Once each year, the Winnemem Wintu make a summer pilgrimage to their sacred spring on Mt Shasta, the source of the McCloud River, to conduct a healing ceremony. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, New Age offerings — mostly in the form of crystals — disrupted the start of the ceremony as designated men had to clean the spring by removing all foreign objects.
This clip contains three scenes from Standing on Sacred Ground—in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Ethiopia. We’ve frequently been asked the question, “What is the tangible value of sacred places?”
One of the most dramatic scenes in episode 3, Fire and Ice, of our Standing on Sacred Ground series, unfolded during a new year ceremony that escalated to a dangerous conflict right before my eyes – and my lens
How does one sacred site struggle affect another? When Ritz Carlton resort construction on Maui churned up the bones of 1,100 ancestors who were peacefully resting in sand dunes, seasoned defenders of Kaho`olawe island responded to the call. Here’s how two sacred places were saved.
In Standing on Sacred Ground’s second episode, Profit and Loss, we have a couple brief scenes featuring Mike Mercredi explaining a detailed map of the tar sands that he and Lionel Lepine created for their Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation tribal government.