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In the Light of Reverence

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Devils Tower. The Four Corners. Mount Shasta. All places of extraordinary beauty — and impassioned controversy — as Indians and non-Indians struggle to co-exist with very different ideas about how the land should be used. For Native Americans, the land is sacred and akin to the world’s greatest cathedrals. For others, the land should be used for industry and recreation. Rich in minerals and timber and beloved by recreational users, these holy lands exert a spiritual gravity which pulls Native Americans into conflicts with mining companies, New Age practitioners, and rock climbers. Ironically, all sides see themselves as besieged. Their battles tell a new story of culture clashes in an ancient landscape.

Narrated by Peter Coyote and Tantoo Cardinal (Metis), In the Light of Reverence (2001) is a beautifully rendered account of the struggles of the Lakota in the Black Hills, the Hopi in Arizona and the Wintu in California to protect their sacred sites.

Available Online: May 7, 2015 – Aug. 7, 2015

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Breath of the Buffalo

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“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”

—Crowfoot

Millions of bison once thundered across North America. Historically, the American bison played an essential role in shaping the ecology of the Great Plains. They graze heavily on native grasses and disturb the soil with their hooves, allowing many plant and animal species to flourish. Prairie dogs prefer areas grazed by bison where the grass is short so they can keep a lookout for hungry predators, and wolves once relied on bison herds as a major food source.

 
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Apology, Redemption, and Healing

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.

 
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The Power of Story

Drew Dellinger, founder of Poets for Global Justice (http://drewdellinger.org), studied cosmology and ecological thought with Thomas Berry who coined the term New Story. Filmed at the New Story Summit: Inspiring Pathways for our Planetary Future, Drew shares his journey toward understanding the power of story as it relates to social justice, ecology, cosmology, education, and activism.

The new story is our new understanding of the universe and the unfolding of the planet Earth. Our new story is an amazing opportunity for the Western tradition to reconnect to the sense of interdependence and interconnectedness that the indigenous peoples have always maintained in their wisdom traditions. We need to build a movement that connects ecology, social justice, and cosmology, using the power of dream, the power of story, the power of art, and the power of action.

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The Real You (If You’re Ready For It)

“What you do is what the whole universe is doing at the place you call here and now.
You are something the whole universe is doing, in the same way that the wave is something that the whole ocean is doing.
The real you is not a puppet that life pushes around.
The real deep-down you is the whole universe.”

 
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