wisdom OF THE ELDERS
First Nations Wisdom
On Hopi with Thomas Banyacya, Jr.
Hopi have lived in the canyonlands and the southwestern United States for millennia. As such, their perspective is grounded in long-time and in a deep observation of humanity. This discussion, with Thomas Banyacya, Jr. and Leila Conners and Harun Mehmedinovic of Tree Media was conducted on the rim of Canyon de Chelly.
John Trudell on Being Human
"In the race to midnight, it is well after 11." This discussion was conducted in 2005 for The 11th Hour by Leila Conners. The discussion covers Trudell's worldview that encompasses his call for humans to return to their intelligence and their humanity to forge a pathway forward. His responses to the questions now seem prophetic. John Trudell was a Native American author, poet, actor, musician, and political activist. He was the spokesperson for the United Indians of All Tribes' takeover of Alcatraz beginning in 1969,broadcasting as Radio Free Alcatraz. During most of the 1970s, he served as the chairman of the American Indian Movement, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After his pregnant wife, three children and mother-in-law were killed in 1979 in a suspicious fire at the home of his parents-in-law on the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Duck Valley Indian Reservation in Nevada, Trudell turned to writing, music and film as a second career. He acted in films in the 1990s. The documentary Trudell (2005) was made about him and his life as an activist and artist.
Sheila Watt-Cloutier on the Inuit View of the World
Sheila Watt-Cloutier is an Inuit leader who, in this interview, shares her thoughts on living in the Arctic. She discusses how the Arctic is changing due to climate change and how it impacts her culture. In this very unique interview she also is able to describe how what happens to the Inuit is important for all of us. For more information on these interviews as well as more interviews: http://www.treemedia.com/#!11th-hour-research-tapes/c18kw
Wangari Maathai on The Value of a Tree, Africa & the Green Belt Movement
Wangari Maathai was the founder of the Green Belt Movement and the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. She was born in Nyeri, a rural area of Kenya. Professor Maathai was internationally acknowledged for her struggle for democracy, human rights, and environmental conservation, and served on the board of many organisations. She addressed the UN on a number of occasions and spoke on behalf of women at special sessions of the General Assembly during the five-year review of the Earth Summit. In recognition of her deep commitment to the environment, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General named her a UN Messenger of Peace in December 2009, with a focus on the environment and climate change. For more information on these interviews as well as more interviews: http://www.treemedia.com/#!11th-hour-research-tapes/c18kw
Oren Lyons on the Indigenous View of the World
Oren is a faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, Onondaga Council of Chiefs, Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy). He has been active in international Indigenous rights and sovereignty issues for over four decades at the United Nations and other international forums. He is a State University of New York (SUNY) distinguished services professor emeritus of the University at Buffalo. He serves on the board of Bioneers an environmental champion of the earth. Oren is chairman of the board of directors of Plantagon International AB, the leader in urban agriculture, Plantagon is designed to meet challenges of compounding human population, finite resources and global warming. For more information on these interviews as well as more interviews: http://www.treemedia.com/#!11th-hour-research-tapes/c18kw