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Satish Kumar on "What Is a Sacred Place?"
Muir Beach, California, North America - September 9, 2011 - TRT: 03:45
Gary Snyder warned me years ago that the Western mind naturally wants to translate “sacred site” into an either-or dichotomy: ...
Winona LaDuke on Redemption
Berkeley, California, North America - May 14, 2011 - TRT: 04:54
I first met Winona LaDuke in 1977, when we were both working to expose the environmental injustice of uranium mining ...
Oren Lyons on the Wizard of Oz
Kayenta, Arizona, North America - June 20, 2011 - TRT: 04:05
This video will give you a whole new angle on the classic tale, The Wizard of Oz.
Mapping Sacred Sites
Mt. Shasta, California, North America - July 12, 2011 - TRT: 07:43
Maps tell stories, and control of the printing press allowed colonial powers to tell their own stories for centuries. A ...
Barry Lopez on Storytelling
Berkeley, California, North America - April 25, 2011 - TRT: 03:36
One of our major challenges with the Losing Sacred Ground series is how to weave eight stories from around the ...
Guardians of the River
Bosmun, Ramu River, Papua New Guinea - April 14, 2010 - TRT: 05:02
The heat. The tiny, flying red insects. The ubiquitous body odor. A toddler, naked save a pair of rubber boots, running to the ...
Standing on Sacred Ground
- July 6, 2009 - TRT: 03:41
The 2005 World Wildlife Fund report, Beyond Belief, concluded: “Sacred sites are the oldest method of habitat protection on the ...
Melting Away in the Andes
Peru - May 26, 2009 - TRT: 04:02
In the misty mountains of the Vilcanota Cordillera, southeast of Cusco, on the steep slopes of the Andes, the Q'eros ...
The Fire in Dorbo Meadow
Ethiopia - April 4, 2009 - TRT: 04:17
Before dawn on the fourth and final day of the Mascal Ceremony in Ethiopia’s Gamo Highlands, a fire is lit ...
Satish Kumar on Climate Change
California, United States - August 29, 2008 - TRT: 03:48
In April, I went to New York's American Museum of Natural History to show a work-in-progress film on Russia's Altai ...
A Long Journey to Justice
Sacramento, CA, United States - April 30, 2008 - TRT: 03:12
In their continuing struggle to regain federal recognition as a tribe, the Winnemem Wintu have been lobbying for a state ...
The Spring at Panther Meadows
California, United States - November 18, 2007 - TRT: 04:31
Caleen Sisk-Franco, Spiritual Leader and Tribal Chief of the Winnemem Wintu, discovered last week that the healing spring on Mt. ...
Song for the Rainbow Serpent
McArthur River, Australia - November 5, 2007 - TRT: 02:42
Three percent of the world’s zinc lies beneath the serpentine riverbed of northern Australia’s McArthur ...
The Road to Darwin
Darwin, Australia - September 14, 2007 - TRT: 03:36
With the Australian Federal Supreme Court preparing to hear a case on the legality of the McArthur River mine expansion ...
Garma Festival
Arnhem Land, Australia - September 1, 2007 - TRT: 03:51
Every August, two thousand people visit northern Australia’s Gove Peninsula in Arnhem Land to attend the Garma Festival, an international ...
Pilgrimage to a Sacred Mountain
Altai Republic, Russia - July 7, 2007 - TRT: 03:06
In June 2007 our film crew was invited to make a pilgrimage to a sacred mountain in the Ooch Enmek ...
War Dance at Shasta Dam
Shasta Dam, California - January 1, 2005 - TRT: 04:23
Oren Lyons on Our Relationship With the Earth
Kayenta, Arizona, North America - June 20, 2011 - TRT: 07:34
Onondaga Chief Oren Lyons traveled to Arizona in June from his home in upstate New York to attend an elders' ...
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Standing on Sacred Ground
- July 6, 2009 - TRT: 03:41
Posted by: Quinn Costello
The 2005 World Wildlife Fund report, Beyond Belief, concluded: “Sacred sites are the oldest method of habitat protection on the planet.” Yet these biological and cultural treasures are under assault — as are the people who have been safeguarding them for millennia. Building on the success of our award-winning PBS documentary In the Light of Reverence, the Sacred Land Film Project (SLFP) is producing a four-film series for public television titled Standing on Sacred Ground. The series will expose corporate and environmental assaults on indigenous peoples’ sacred landscapes and promote strategies to protect the ecological integrity of these endangered places.

Standing on Sacred Ground tells eight compelling stories of indigenous people resisting the destruction of nature and culture. This series gives voice to native people on five continents building a land rights movement to protect their traditional ways of life and spiritual practices, and exposes the greatest environmental and cultural challenges of our time as viewed from the unique perspective of indigenous elders and activists.

Production on the series is now complete and we are full time editing, with completion planned for late 2012.These documentaries would not be possible but for the unique relationships and trust built over decades by the Sacred Land Film Project, and the financial support of a wonderful community of donors — from individuals to foundations..

If you enjoy the film clips you see here and would like learn more about sacred lands around the world please visit our interactive map. You can also sign up to receive periodic news alerts with up to date information about sacred sites and reports from our production trips. You may also contribute to the film series and educational outreach of the Sacred Land Film Project. Your support enables us to continue documenting these urgent stories!

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