Indigenous people across the planet have become key players in the protection of natural ecosystems across the planet. From Standing Rock to the Amazon we live an exciting moment regarding the unification indigenous and non-indigenous water and life protectors.
Throughout North, Central, and South America, many communities, who are indigenous, impoverished and persecuted, suffer similar threats to their natural resources and abuses towards their dignity and basic human rights.
Voices of Amerikua is a documentary web series and collaborative transmedia platform dedicated to sharing the efforts to protect the culture and rights of indigenous peoples and Mother Nature throughout North, Central and South America.
Berito Kuwaruwa is a leader of the U’wa indigenous community in Colombia
Berito Kuwaruwa launched an international non-violent campaign calling on the multinational oil to protest drilling in the ancestral lands of the U’wa people, who believe oil is the blood of Mother Earth. He received the Goldman Environmental Prize in 1998. See: http://www.goldmanprize.org/recipient…
The community of Morete Cocha is located in the region of Pastaza Province in the Amazon region of Ecuador.
Like many other communities Morete Cocha is under threat by interest of oil companies seeking to exploit crude in the communities land.
This is the story of community’s search for environmental and cultural preservation.
The phrase –quote– Sumak Kawsay –quote– means good life in the Kichwa language. In many communities in South America this term refers to a way of living in harmony with ourselves , with our community and with nature.
The concept of Sumak Kawsay was incorporated in the Constitution of Ecuador in 2008 , this was the first country to legally recognize the Rights of Nature .
The Roots Awaken
Indigenous people and their cultures are threatened across the planet. The Roots Awaken is a heart driven and interconnected documentary that shares a story of indigenous youth from the Andes Mountains to the Amazon Rainforest who are rising up with their elders to defend their territory and maintain their ancestral cultures in a time of globalization.
Las Raíces Despiertan
Los pueblos indígenas y sus culturas están amenazados en todo el planeta. Las Raices Despiertan es un documental dirigido por el corazón e interconectado que comparte una historia de jóvenes indígenas de la Cordillera de los Andes a la Selva Amazónica que se están levantando con sus abuelos para defender sus territorios y mantener sus culturas ancestrales en un tiempo de globalización.
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