Repeats every week until Mon Mar 05 2018 except Mon Feb 19 2018.
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:15pm
David Brower Center
Why are sacred places important to indigenous people? What do the values and worldviews of aboriginal cultures hold as lessons for Western society in times of ecological collapse? How can each of us deepen our connection to nature in an authentic way? Filmmaker Christopher McLeod has spent 40 years collaborating with native people to document conflicts over sacred places. His films explore the relationship between nature and culture, how individuals of all cultures yearn for spiritual connection to nature, how mining, dams, climate change, New Age appropriation and Christian evangelism conflict with native spiritual practices. We will view McLeod’s films In the Light of Reverence (2001), the four-part Standing on Sacred Ground series (2013), and his new film Guardians of the Sacred (2017) in six sessions with Native American guests.
Class 1 – Introduction - Sacred Place Battles in the United States (Screening: In the Light of Reverence)
Class 2 – The Lessons of Standing Rock (Screening: Guardians of the Sacred)
Class 3 – Pilgrimage and Personal Experience (Screening: Standing on Sacred Ground — Pilgrims and Tourists)
Class 4 – Dealing with Grief in the Face of Eco-Collapse (Screening: Standing on Sacred Ground — Profit and Loss)
Class 5 – Value Clash (Screening: Standing on Sacred Ground — Fire and Ice)
Class 6 – Resistance Wins Indigenous Protected Areas (Screening: Standing on Sacred Ground — Islands of Sanctuary)
Toby McLeod circled the globe for five years filming Standing on Sacred Ground. He directs the Sacred Land Film Project in Berkeley. His 40-year film career also includes The Four Corners: A National Sacrifice Area?, Poison in the Rockies, and The Cracking of Glen Canyon Damn with Edward Abbey and Earth First! He has an M.A. from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Yale. http://sacredland.org