SPIRIT OF THE TREES: Weaves together native voices, art and music from 40 indigenous tribes and nations ... with traditions of their spiritual practices, foods and medicines, art and music, shelter and land management.
CIRCLE OF LIFE: (Central United States) Woodland tribes like the Yankton Sioux, Menominee and Objibwe share their perspectives on why cultural diversity and biodiversity are interconnected. You will experience how, through years of dedication and listening to their elders, the Menominee have created one of the most outstanding examples of sustainable forestry in the world. From black ash basket making to building sweat lodges, this film takes you to the lands of tribal artists, elders and land managers living sustainably with deep, healthy spiritual traditions tied to trees and forests.
LIVING KNOWLEDGE: (Northeast) Tribal members from Mashpee Wampanoags, Nansemonds, Pequots, Mohawks and others speak. They were among the first people to greet Europeans. These tribes were completely interdependent with the eastern forests, rivers, land and the Atlantic Ocean. Learn how they have preserved traditions while embracing today's lifestyles.
PEOPLE OF THE CEDAR: (Northwest) The tribal nations of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest consider the cedar essential to life, equal only to the salmon. This segment features many traditions that have evolved from community life in the forest: carving, basket making, weaving, making cedar clothing and gathering. The Yakima share their concerns and philosophy on sustainable forestry and traditional food and gathering.
CONTINUING TRADITIONS: (Southwest) Native Americans from the Southwest and California share the spirit of the trees through the voices of their sacred drums and flutes, their looms and weavings, their medicines, stewardship of their lands and cultural interdependence. Watch a traditional drum maker show the entire process, from finding the perfect tree to finishing a beautiful drum. These indigenous people have lived for thousands of years with rich traditions, all intricately tied to their natural environment.
MALAMA'AINA: (Hawaii) This segment explores the intimate relationship Native Hawaiians have with the land and all living things. Included in this piece is the touching story of how the Tlingets of Alaska gave the Hawaiians three giant sitka spruce for a traditional outrigger canoe because they had no trees large enough left on the Islands. Botanists, ceremonial hula dancers, artists, healers, navigators and others describe how indigenous Hawaiians are struggling to save their cherished land.
NATURAL HARMONY: (Southeast) The Seminole Nation is made up of remnants of a number of southeastern tribes and escaped slaves who fled to the Florida Everglades and its virgin forests, cypress swamps and rivers of grass. The natural harmony they developed with the Everglades ecosystem ultimately ensured their survival, and today they thrive as the "unconquered Seminole Nation." This segment shares their journey into the 21st century through stories, photos, traditions and current efforts to preserve cultural knowledge and natural harmony with the land.