The Earth is our Mother
Wisdom from Kumu Sabra Kauka - Hawai’ian Elder
“The Earth is our Mother.
The Earth feeds us.
The Earth is our Island.
As a whole people, entire humanity we have one Earth.”
LES INDES GALANTES
(Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 – 1764)
Forêts paisibles (Les Indes galantes)
- Classic with Crank!
Never may a vain desire trouble here our hearts.
If they are sensitive,
Fortune, it is not at the price of your favors.
In our retreats,
Greatness, never come to offer your false attractions!
Heaven, you have made them
For innocence and for peace.
Let’s enjoy our refuges,
Let’s enjoy peaceful things.
Ah! Can one be happy
When one has other wishes?
When you're lost in the rain
Video by Sky Hopinka
In this video, drawing from Bob Dylan's song "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," layers of experiences circling loss and longing are overlaid between images of landscapes and movement. In the song by Dylan, a stranger's listlessness and exhaustion are woven through and around Juarez, Mexico, and so too in this video are these stories woven around colonial discontent and uncertainty as they move through an uneasy negotiation with the strangeness of the American pioneer spirit.
Commissioned by Brianna Matzke for The Response Project
Wisdom Weavers of the World
Produced by Academy and Emmy Award Winning Producer, Jeffrey D Brown - Medicine Wheel Films. Filmed and Edited by Daniel "El Suchi" Garcia with support from extended film crew.
Thirteen Indigenous Elders from around the world come together to co-create a message for humankind, weaving wisdom of diverse cultures and lifeways, uncovering one common thread: for humanity to survive, we must shift our consciousness from the mind to the heart.