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  • Earth Wisdom for a World in Crisis
    October 7, 2018
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Earth Wisdom for a World in Crisis

Following the dramatic increase in global temperatures and a thinning ozone layer, the United Nations has realized that native peoples may possess some critical keys to the very survival of our species and fragile ecosystems of the planet.
From the site where Manhattan Island was “purchased” from the Dutch West Indies representative Peter Minuet, Phil Cousineau follows a group of indigenous elders into and through the proceeding of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Thousands of miles away, in Cannon Ball North Dakota, on the Lakota Sioux reservation, the largest gathering of the Sioux tribes since Little Big Horn, is taking place, with over 200 tribes gathered to stop the Dakota Access pipeline, slated to pass under the Lakota Sioux’s water supply and sacred burial sites.

The UN proceedings highlight the struggles of indigenous leaders and native spokespeople from all continents, to have their messages heard by this prestigous, international body. From all parts of the world, EARTH WISDOM presents renowned indigenous leaders and tribal representatives, including Chief Oren Lyons, Marcos Terena, Jake Swamp, Viktor Kaisiepo and Gloria Ushigua, who are joined by over 2000 other native leaders at this unique gathering of indigenous peoples from around the world.

Woven through these UN proceedings, EARTH WISDOM’s parallel story follows the Lakota Sioux’s non-violent resistance at Standing Rock Reservation, where thousands of water protectors and military veterans joined forces to create what has become a high water mark in Native people’s ongoing struggle for land rights. The dedication of the crowd of 10,000 water protectors at Standing Rock is put to the test when the Morton County police unleash water cannon in sub-freezing temperatures, and attack dogs against the water protectors.. With historian/chief Oren Lyons presenting an insightful historical perspective on US-Indian relations, the film weaves a vivid contrast between the slow-moving bureaucratic diplomacy of “recognition” by the United Nations, and the immediacy of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, with on-location speeches from Lakota Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault, tribal councilwoman Phyllis Young, as well as with other native and non-native veterans and water protectors.


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