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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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Barry Lopez on Storytelling
Berkeley, California, North America - April 25, 2011 - TRT: 03:36
Posted by: Toby McLeod
One of our major challenges with the Losing Sacred Ground series is how to weave eight stories from around the world together? How do we create a coherent context for the complex sacred land struggles we are documenting? And how do we get PBS viewers to care? One answer is to interview “big thinkers” — people with a lifetime of direct experience and the ability to articulate abstract concepts in imaginative and compelling language.

In February, we had the good fortune to interview my old friend Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams, Of Wolves and Men, and many other wonderful works of non-fiction and fiction. Barry dug deep to discuss his experiences with traditional peoples and the intimate relationships with place that characterize sacred lands and cultures.

It was on the subject of storytelling, however, that Barry settled into his comfort zone, and told us a four-minute long story that was a true gift. We thought we would share it online (with Barry’s permission) and we hope you enjoy it.

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