After 50 years as a bombing range, indigenous people are working to reclaim the sacred Hawaiian island of Kaho’olawe.
Indigenous people are working to reclaim the sacred Hawaiian island of Kaho’olawe after 50 years as a military bombing range.

“Islands of Sanctuary” is the fourth of a four-part documentary, “Standing on Sacred Ground,” in which indigenous people around the world resist threats to their sacred places—the original protected lands—in a growing movement to defend human rights and restore the environment.  It will be shown in the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room on Thursday (Sept. 1) at 3:30 p.m.

In Thursday’s program, Native Hawaiians and Aboriginal Australians resist threats to their sacred lands. In Australia’s Northern Territory, Aboriginal clans maintain Indigenous Protected Areas and resist the destructive effects of a mining boom.

In Hawai’i, indigenous ecological and spiritual practices are used to restore the sacred island of Kaho’olawe after 50 years of use as a military bombing range.

“Standing on Sacred Ground” was a film project of the Earth Island Institute.  It is the legacy of David Brower, who helped define the modern environmental movement.

The documentary was shown at the Sedona Film Festival in December 2015.  It was part of 15 days of local “Climate Care Awareness” events, that took in conjunction with the global actions surrounding the December UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris.

The series has received world-wide attention and praise. Anthropologist Peter Nabokov, a UCLA professor and author, writes: “Nothing like this riveting series of four desperately urgent films about the fate of our planet has ever been seen on television.”

Written by Marcia Reinagel, Academy Village Volunteer

 

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