Saturday, October 29, 2011

Video: Sacred Land Project inventing new mobile GPS devices App for land preservation via education: Finding Sacred Ground, a Sacred Land Film Project

Sacred Land Film Project : successfully funds through public donations the cost to develop an App to support protecting and preserving sacred land. 

SLFP is a community dedicated to protecting the Earth's sacred places through education and action. 

Video of Sacred Land Project, a technology for mobile devices that superimposes images and audio over the user’s surroundings, is a new development in mobile media.  Developers are designing new augmented reality applications, using immersive, interactive tools for entertainment, education, social media. 

This hyper-modern, cutting-edge augmented reality technology also helps support ancient indigenous sacred sites, and inspire reverence for the natural world.

In partnership with Devils Tower National Monument, Paige Saez and Anselm Hook of (SLFP), are developing an interactive multimedia tour for mobile devices and web-based applications called "Finding Sacred Ground", a global transmedia experience that will use locative GPS technology and augmented reality to raise awareness of native peoples and their traditional lands by revealing the hidden history of a place and its indigenous caretakers. 

Narrated by native elders and storytellers, this transmedia project will leverage story, multimedia, song and augmented reality in unique combination to transform the user’s perspective of the land and his or her vital role in protecting it. 

 Stage one of our project is to create a pilot audio Finding Sacred Ground app for iPhone. We have a plan for the app, and we have the media content.

Video and Articles: Traditional Mayan Healing Practice of Don Elijio Panti (Mayan Arvigo Healing)

Watch "Indigenous Mayan Healing Practices" Vivian Menjivar being interviewed on Alkistis TV in Greece for the program called "Everyday Goddesses". Vivian speaks of the healing tradition she teaches called "Mayan Arvigo Healing" (watch this video on IX CHEL Farms) as taught by Don Elijio Panti, the great Maya Shaman of Belize, Central America. 

Don Elijio believed that a woman's center is her uterus. "If a woman's uterus is out of balance, so is she," he would say. Don Elijio passed away in 1996 at the age of 103. In this Greece TV interview (in English) Vivian Menjivar speaks of her indigenous Mayan teacher and her direct personal experience practicing Mayan abdominal massage on herself and others.

Don Elijio Panti of 
Guatemala ancestry was heir to generations of knowledge about traditional healing and spent his life in service to others. He was recognized throughout the Americas for his skills in using the simple but ancient system of Maya healing, employing plants, prayers, massage, acupuncture, and herbal baths. Beginning in 1931 he practiced his art of healing in San Antonio, a village of Mopan and Yucatecan Mayan people. Don Elijio Panti was trained in the forests of the Peten, Guatemala, by a Cadbe Indian, Jeromine Requena, when they were both employed as chicleros or collectors of the Sapodilla tree sap that is made into chewing gum. Although he could never read or write, alongside his teacher, Don Elijio enthusiastically learned about Maya medicine.

His work took on international importance in the mid 1980s, as he began participation in a collaborative project of the Ix Chel Tropical Research Foundation and The New York Botanical Garden. This project was an effort to survey the forests of Belize for the collection of medicinal plants for screening against AIDS and Cancer in association with the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI). Don Elijio participated in a great deal of field work. His knowledge resulted in the collection of hundreds of plant samples for this important endeavor. Even now plants collected through Don Elijio's knowledge and collaboration are being evaluated for their use in contemporary medicine.

In recognition of his many international contributions, he was awarded the "Distinguished Citizen Award" (University College of Belize), "Most Valuable Senior Citizen" (Help Age Belize), "Distinguished Contribution to Science" (The New York Botanical Garden), and Member of the British Empire" (Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Belize).

Don Elijio's work and his life story were immortalized in two books, Rainforest Remedies: One Hundred Healing Herbs of Belize (1993), and Sastun: My Apprenticeship With A Maya Healer (1994). Panti passed from this world in Cayo on February 4, 1996 at the age of 103. Elijio Panti National Park, which was officially created in 2001, is named after him.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Indigenous People Video: Saami music videos, reindeer herding, documentaries on their sustainable challenges, land rights

About the Saami
The Sami people, also spelled Sámi, or Saami, are the arctic indigenous people inhabiting Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of far northern Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and the border area between south and middle Sweden and Norway - areas also known as Lapland or Laponian territory. The Sámi are Europe’s northernmost and the Nordic countries’ only officially indigenous people. Sami ancestral lands span an area of approximately 388,350 km2 (150,000 sq. mi), which is approximately the size of Sweden in the Nordic countries. Their traditional languages are the Sami languages and are classified as a branch of the Uralic language family. The Sami languages are endangered. * I am still adding to and editing this page. Sorry for missing some artists, competition winners and facts, email me if you have suggestions or links you feel are important Saami news.

A short film "Samis", by Morten Bergene, which follows a family in their reindeer business.

Saami Grand Prix (Saami version of Eurovision Song Contest) is an annual Sámi song contest organized by the Sami Music Festival and held in Kautokeino, Norway. The first annual Sámi Grand Prix was held in 1990. The winner of the contest goes on to compete in Liet International, a music competition for European minority languages. The Sámi Grand Prix consists of two separate parts: a yoik part and a song part. 

- Music Video for the group rOlfFa singing and playing the winning song of Sami Grand Prix 2011, "Gulatgo Mu" (Can You Hear Me?).  

- Music video for the  Saami Grand Prix 2011 Yoik Competition winner Jan Ole Hermansen yoiking his daughter "Inga Karita" from Máze, Norway.

- Music Video Saami Grand Prix 2011 3rd place winners Sara Helene Oskal and Espen Ekeberg singing their own song  "Niehkogovva"

- Music Video Sáami artist Alias Ellen (Elle Márjá P. Eira) performing in Sami Grand Prix 2009 in Kautokeino, but not as a part of the competition. She is singing/yoiking "Ruoššajievja"

- Music Video 
 Berit Margrethe Oskal singing Ancient Forces (official music video) 

Music Video Saami Hip Hop music in the Kautokeino Sami Festival 

Music Video Saami rapper Slincraze & Aimen performing two songs one in Saami "Rahkivouhtta Lea Artet" and "Kick It" (It's A Good Day) in English.

Heltpaavidda - Saami Music and Film YouTube Channel

- Saami Yoik (Saami Joik) and music online guide to mp3 and video

Saami Blog - a very nice blog that I follow with many photos, music and art about the Saami

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Indigenous Film Trailer ~ The Whale

Filmmaker's Statement: The Whale tells the true story of a young, wild killer whale - an orca - nicknamed Luna, who lost contact with his family on the coast of British Columbia and turned up alone in a narrow stretch of sea between mountains, a place called Nootka Sound. Orcas are social. They live with their families all their lives. An orca who gets separated usually just fades away and dies. Luna was alone, but he didn’t fade away. There weren’t any familiar orcas in Nootka Sound, but there were people, in boats and on the shore. So he started trying to make contact. And people welcomed him. Most of them. This contact did not turn out to be simple. It was as if we humans weren’t ready for him. Inspired by myths, we look into the sky, not the depths, for others who might think and dream like us. We train radio telescopes on the stars, and listen for code in the static of space. But maybe we’re looking in the wrong place. So far, space just crackles, but the sea whistles back. And, in Nootka Sound, it sent us an open-hearted child. This story is about what happened then. For many years we have been curious about what it will be like when an extraterrestrial appears among us. Will things be chaotic? Will they be exciting? Will they be dangerous? Will there be controversy? How will we recognize this stranger? What will we share? Will this be joyful? Will it be sad? Will it be the best thing that ever happened? Maybe it will be all those things. Maybe it will be just like what happened when a little lonely whale tried to make friends with us lonely humans in a place called Nootka Sound. THE WHALE celebrates the life of a smart, friendly, determined, transcendent being from the other world of the sea who appeared among us like a promise out of the blue: that the greatest secrets in life are still to be discovered. 
Above Photo Credit: Zoe Nature .org 
More links:
Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nations website and this link
Zoe Nature blog post about Luna
Luna Stewardship Collective blog
Smithsonian article about the feature film: THE WHALE
Orca Network