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Sacha Warmi means "spirit woman of the forest" in the Kichwa language. A Female enchantress, she confers wisdom and beauty upon women, evoking the feminine spirit of nurturance and support for human life that arises from the Earth and Nature itself.
We hear a lot about how the Amazonian Rainforest is disappearing—but we don't hear much about how that affects the health of the people who once called it home.
By now it's an old story: Despite the international efforts that have taken place over the last 30-40 years to protect the Amazonian Rainforest and its indigenous peoples, ecological and cultural degradation continues at an alarming rate.
We invite you to create with us a beautiful and important project: the Sacha Warmi Center—an educational resource that will serve many people—located on the outskirts of the Amazonian Rainforest in the Pastaza region of Ecuador.
Donations accepted here.
Thank you for your generosity and support. Rosa Canelos and Didier Lacaze
Viedographer, Barry Heidt with post production by Norman Austin and curation by Ruth Ann Barrett of Sustainability Action Media (SAM). Available on the Health and Wellness collection, EarthSayers.tv, voices of sustainability.
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Published on Apr 18, 2013
The Rights of Nature also referred to as the Rights of Mother Earth is a worldwide movement creating human communities that respect and defend the rights of nature.
Didier Lacaze was interviewed by videographer Barry Heidt of Sustainability Action Media (SAM) as part of an online video campaign to increase the Indigenous Voices of Sustainability, co-sponsored by Ruth Ann Barrett of EarthSayers.tv, focusing on wisdom keepers of Ecuador with the help of the Pachamama Alliance. Editing support by Norman Austin of SAM.
Didier with Rosa Canalos (Kichwa) founded the Sacha Warmi Center—an educational resource that will serve many people—located on the outskirts of the Amazonian Rainforest in the Pastaza region of Ecuador. It is part of PROMETRA (Promoción de la Medicina Tradicional Amazónica), a local Ecuadorian initiative created in 2005 by Didier and Rosa who was born in the village of Canelos and is Didier's wife.
Canadian Indigenous Actress and Activist Michelle Thrush hand delivers a declaration made by indigenous nationalities that would be affected by the Ecuadorian government's auction of much of their lands to oil companies. Visit Amazon Watch and sign petition. Published on Apr 17, 2013
David Tucker is the Director of Pachamama Journeys and is living in Ecuador in support of the indigenous peoples. David is responsible for Pachamama Journeys, an experientially based, transformational program that powerfully reconnects participants to the Earth, themselves and others through direct experience with wild nature, indigenous cultures and shared group experience. He was interviewed in Ecuadaor by Barry Heidt of Sustainability Action Media (SAM) as part of a SAM campaign with EarthSayers.tv, Ecuadorian Wisdom Keepers Speaking on Behalf of Mother Earth.
This is a radio interview of Barry Heidt of Sustainability Action Media (SAM) by Ruth Ann Barrett of EarthSayers.tv about his recent trip to Ecuador's Achuar Territory to interview the indigenous leaders. The interview was conducted on World Water Day. Barry addresses the water pollution caused by the extraction of oil as it is important to bear witness to what remains ahead of the indigenous communities in Ecuador unless all of us who are sustainability advocates raise our hands and our voices against the continued pillage of Mother Earth and her peoples in the name of short term profits and our insatiable demand for oil regardless of the consequences.
The Surui Cultural Map shows the Surui tribe of the Amazon's vision of their forest, including their territory and traditional history. To create this map, Surui youth interviewed their elders to document and map their ancestral sites, such as the site of first contact with western civilization in 1969, places where the tribes battled with colonists in the 1970s, as well as places of interest, like sightings of jaguars, capybaras and toucans. To preserve their forest and their livelihood, the Surui are entering the Carbon Credit marketplace with software called Open Data Kit to measure carbon and monitor any illegal logging in their forests using Android smartphones.
Google Earth Outreach gives nonprofits and public benefit organizations the knowledge and resources they need to visualize their cause and tell their story in Google Earth & Maps to hundreds of millions of people.
Published on Jun 16, 2012
"The world has not done an analysis to decide whether oil is more valuable than what is lost by destroying the Amazon. We have so much. In order to debate on an economic level, we would have to conduct a thorough study to find out how much the Amazon could give to the world. What they want here is easy money to pay the external debt to China and they will destroy the Amazon under this pretext." -Patricia Gualinga, Kichwa Community of Sarayaku, Ecuador.
Oil Round in southeastern Ecuador offers national and transnational companies about 3 million hectors of tropical forest which is home to seven indigenous nacionalides. The signing of contracts with oil companies is privista for October this year. Published on Mar 9, 2013
Produced by Pacha Producciones, Quito, Ecuador, 2013
Watch and vote for "Honor the Treaties," a short documentary film about photographer Aaron Huey's relationship with the Pine Ridge Reservation and how his involvement with Native American rights has changed the way he conveys his story.
To cast your vote, visit http://www.pbs.org/filmfestival/vote/
Ted Turner and daughter Laura Turner Seydel share why they are rising on February 14, 2013
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