Can indigenous people save the world? Listen to their "earth wisdom" and consider a life in balance with nature.

In recent years, more have become aware of the unique wisdom in the cosmologies and spiritual practices of indigenous societies. While this native wisdom has always been part of human existence, its teachings have remained outside so-called “formal” religions, leading to zealous missionary campaigns seeking to stamp out this “paganism” from the face of the earth.

But with the dramatic increase in global warming, a thinning ozone layer and social alienation, many, including the United Nations, are realizing that native peoples may possess some critical keys to the very survival of our species and fragile ecosystems of the planet.

This Global Spirit program focuses on the wisdom of indigenous values and practices that have promoted heightened consciousness, spiritual harmony and a life in balance with nature.

Host Phil Cousineau and the Global Spirit crew go to New York to film and interview renowned indigenous leaders and tribal representatives such as Chief Oren Lyons, Marcos Terena, Jake Swamp, Viktor Kaisiepo and Gloria Ushigua, joined by over 2000 others at a unique gathering of indigenous peoples from around the world at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

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Link TV's Global Spirit program "Earth Wisdom for a World in Crisis," explores the wisdom of indigenous peoples and their values and practices that have promoted heightened consciousness, spiritual harmony and a life in balance with nature. Filmed at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2009, host Phil Cousineau joins over 2000 representatives of native societies throughout the world attempting to get their voices heard on climate change and other critical environmental issues.

VIDEO Earth Wisdom for a World in Crisis

Responses to "Earth Wisdom for a World in Crisis (VIDEO)"

  1. Unknown says:

    Capitalism, with its obsession with materialism and power over others, has got to be replaced by cooperation, compassion, and power over oneself.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Our family watched this video as we live in the mountain rainforest of the island of Dominica or Waitikubuli which the indigenous Kalingo people called this isalnd taht they took care of so well, we still have forest. Thank you to all.

  3. Anonymous says:

    How can we work with corporate greed.They need to LISTEN! Give Mother Earth a rest

  4. Anonymous says:

    I am from the Philippines,through my American Native friend on fb,I considered myself fortunate enough to be able to watch this Video,about respecting our nature,so we can go on with our lives...Thank you,it's very informative...Climate Change Convention,is a great idea.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Vickie Luick Yes I will be saying this to friends and family. We need to let our Mother rest. Thanks to social nets. we can get this message out to the many that have the desire, will, and gumption to speak up. So spread this word. Support your local Natives. Let them know you want to help. Aho All my Relatives.

  6. Unknown says:

    I do feel that we the peoples of the planet should have begun this process from the beginning,,,in fact we shouldn't have even had to be in the position we are in today!!
    I was truly horrified by the attitudes of the Portuguese Pope/s of 1492,,,what a travesty of injustice!!!

  7. yvonne k says:

    How can all the Governments be so blind not to see what the earth is going through...are they so corrupt for greed...i am afraid so...The first step is to eliminate all corruption...then and only then will the earth start to heal...Thank you for a very informative video...for the media not to be there says it all...."From the rainbow we will rise many creeds many colors"

  8. Anonymous says:

    "Global capitalism is not democratic and it systematically violates every principle of a market economy. Which sets up an interesting juxtaposition because it points to the possibility that there really is an alternative. [1]

    Living capital, which has the special capacity to continuously regenerate itself, is ultimately the source of all real wealth. To destroy it for money, a simple number with no intrinsic value, is an act of collective insanity -- which makes capitalism a mental, as well as a physical pathology. [2]

    To create a world in which life can flourish and prosper we must replace the values and institutions of capitalism with values and institutions that honor life, serve life's needs, and restore money to its proper role as servant. I
    believe we are in fact being called to take a step to a new level of species consciousness and function. [3]"

    --David C. Korten, Life After Capitalism, from a presentation in Canada, 11/98

    A review of 'Life After Capitalism' by David T.Ratcliffe

  9. Anonymous says:

    boozhoo i am only one , but of many that are idiginous decendants of my people watching this brings so many emotions my spirit that runs through my heart which is the heart beat of mother earth the the blood that runs through my body is the rivers that flow like the ones we see here on mother earth ni mah mah aki these words of all native people were never understood by the non idiginous people of the earth are kindness for the life and traditions are language is what we used to speak to all everything that balanced a circle of life no one understands that the connection between native people and the earth is like are body it is through are shell that we are born into the world that makes that connection as soon as are feet touch the earth many things have changed over the last 500 years since my people were inhabited by the non native people and in that 500 hundred years the exploitation of the land we did not own or hold paper but the agreement that we had with the land the agreement we had was to be the caretakers that agreement was with the creator as long as we lived in harmony with the animals and the water the plant life we would live for generations upon generations to come as we truly have proven to scientist that have also picked apart the world seeking ansers to anishinabe people there world is not for balance but for greed to make life easier faster stronger a hybrid generation that they strive to see for there people this hurts my heart tears come from the rivers that run inside my heart and soul hurt pains me inside just as mother earth is also crying for help and the pain she is showing many but they do not understand of see what is happening on day the creator will clear a path for idiginous people to walk together as we once did in harmony miigwech

  10. Anonymous says:

    We must stop abusing the land, air, water and find other ways for energy that does not ruin our lands, waters, trees and the air we breathe. Make companies find other ways to produce their products and cut the pollution of water, air, and destroying our forests, just so they can make a lot of money. We could return to a simplier way of life and protect our earth. What the indigenious people have to say is very important to saving our earth. All governments must take heed and make rules to change now.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Domination over nature HAS to stop via CHRISTIANITY / corrupt governments , and greedy business and whatever else has contributed to our demise in a world crisis ~ Interesting how so many Natives are discouraged thru a revolting, revolving COURT systems door whenever they attempt to get sober and be proactive about balance in nature and SOLUTIONS .What happens to the Natives is what is happening to our planet...disrespect so that the clerks of the court continue to get a pay check. STOP supporting the very sick recovery systems with Pharma Drugs and discouraging , hopeless compliments. Get into the governments ear NOW !

  12. richard says:

    Understand that all peoples of the world can get conected, once were connected though many generations long afar. But it is all there still. Get quiet inside, get small, slow down to simple, become the lion not the lamb. And most of all...Imagine, imagine and know the only prayer worth praying is sent forth from the heart.

  13. Unknown says:

    How come, at 40:23...we see a big JPMORGAN-CHASE banner up on the stage???...hmmm....

  14. Anonymous says:

    As an academic philosopher I tried to ask attention for nature as a subject in philosophy (as it has become almost extinct as a subject) in my book (in Dutch) on 'the return of nature'. I start there with an experience I had in 1984, when visiting Brittany, the part of France where the Gaelic people live - although forcedly adopted in the French educational and administrative system, I met an old men, who still spoke French only as his second tongue. He official job was as a guardian of the forest. He told me a lot about the wells and animals he lived with. Spending almost all his time among the animals and trees he was a man of little words. But as he noticed my interest, he gave to me 'the song of the tree', which he had made after listening for years and years to an old oak tree. In my book I published this song (put it on paper!). The tree learns us to see hope in spring, perseverance in summer, letting go in the fall and the quietness of waiting in the winter (this is just my summary here). I wish more people learn to listen to trees and animals and not laugh when you say that, as if it were stupid. Thanks for this video. I shared it f course.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Chief Jacob,

    The "Circle of Life" is not understood. If you understand, this that our creator has put before us, then understand what our indigenious people have known for years.

  16. Anonymous says:

    ...."From the rainbow we will rise many creeds many colors"

    Yesterday on the weather report, somebody caught on camera a 'smiling' rainbow. a real rainbow in the sky in the shape of a smile. I've never seen that before.

    Maybe we are the people we have been waiting for....

  17. Anonymous says:

    I've always been a HUGE fan of Crazy Horse! Now I'm really happy to announce that I'm also a HUGE fan of Sitting Bull! God Bless!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this much needed video. I will pass it on to others.

  19. Unknown says:

    Gods Peace be upon you My BROTHERS.

  20. Unknown says:

    Siyo, I live in the Ozark Mtns. of South Central Missouri ,near the Jacks Fork and Current Rivers, that still run crystal clear . This in part due to it belonging to the National Park Service. We can visit the river but under no circumstances can we abuse it. This makes me wonder how Mining companies are tearing up the Mesas in New Mexico , the Oil Co.'s ruining the Aquafir from Canada down to the southern Coast of Turtle Island. I thank the trees and the water.. The greed has got to stop!

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