Standing on Sacred Ground: Film screening & presentation

Sacred Land Film Project with the Sacred Natural Sites Initiative and the IUCN Specialist Group on the Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas

Film Screening: “Standing on Sacred Ground” and Launch of the Korean Language Publication: “Sacred Natural Sites: Guidelines for Protected Area Managers”.

Sacred Natural Sites are a universal phenomenon found in most countries. These are areas of land or sea that hold special spiritual significance for peoples and communities. Sacred mountains, rivers, lakes, forests and islands have been conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities for thousands of years. They can be considered the world’s oldest protected areas because many support high levels of biodiversity.

Film: Standing on Sacred Ground:
At this event, four preview segments of the forthcoming film series “ Standing on Sacred Ground” will be screened, the Altai Republic in Russia, Hawaii, California and Ethiopia.

For this film series the award-winning film director, Toby (Christopher) McLeod has been working with sacred site guardians at 8 locations where sacred lands are endangered. All 8 stories will be broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service in the USA in 2013 (http://www.sacredland.org/),

Hear the Guardians: The sacred natural site custodians featured in the film segments will be present and will speak after the film segments, discussing the challenges faced by their sacred lands. Presentations will be made by:

Danil Mamyev: Uch Enmek Indigenous Nature Park. Altai Republic, Russian Federation.

Emmett Aluli: Hawaii, Guardian of the sacred island of Kaho'olawe.

Caleen Sisk: Chief of the Winemmem Wintu Tribe in northern California, USA.

Desalegn Dessisa: Gamo Highlands, Rift Valley in Ethiopia.

Launch of the Korean Language Guidelines: - Sacred Natural Sites: Guidelines for Protected Area Managers.
At this event we will launch the Korean language version of the IUCN-WCPA Best Practice Guideline Series No.16: “Sacred Natural Sites: Guidelines for Protected Area Managers” http://sacrednaturalsites.org/projects/guidelines-translation/.

Key speakers will be presenting short notes on the guidelines.

Performances: we are also planning live performances during the event (to be confirmed).

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