1. Chorote Ethnic Music. Documentary


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    Introduction & Background Pilcomayo, province of Salta, Argentina. In the central-western Chaco region of Argentina, which is home of this Chorote community, the indiscriminate felling of native forest, along with extensive cattle rearing, has caused desertification, soil impoverishment and a loss of biodiversity affecting their autonomous socio-economic system and, ever since, their food supply from hunting, fishing, gathering and small crop-growing. "Na Sam" is the Chorote word for "What belong to us". The name refers to the ancient voices of their ancestral culture, begging to be heard that would guide this indigenous community to rediscover their culture, looking after their traditions and their way of life. The Pilcomayo River, source of fresh water and fish for this riverine community, now presents high levels of contamination with mercury and other heavy metals due to spillages in the mining areas of neighboring countries. State development plans, implemented on indigenous territories with no consultation with the community, alter and degrade their areas of traditional use, increasing malnutrition and poverty and their access to fresh water. Their chiefs have been militarily defeated in the past and their territories have been expropriated over the decades. Indigenous nations have thereby been incorporated as a subdued group and as insecure occupiers of their own lands. Synopsis The Chorote people (Wikina Wos . "People of the north wind") are minor ethnical group of native americans that subsist in the north of Argentina mainly as fishermen, hunters and gatherers in what is known as the "Great Chaco". Quechua: chaku, "hunting land" is a sparsely populated, hot and semi-arid lowland natural region of the Río de la Plata basin, divided among eastern Bolivia, Paraguay, northern Argentina and a portion of the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, where it is connected with the Pantanal region. This land is sometimes called the Chaco Plain. Through registering interviews and stories told by children, adults and the elderly, we intend to shed some light on how these riverine communities live in the present. This documentary shows intimately the daily struggling of this community, maintaining their Chorote language and traditions, and their cultural heritage, while adapting to this changing world. “Na Sam” (name that refers to their forgotten culture, their ancestral traditions and their way of life that has been seriously endangered by centuries of cultural domination, intends to capture their oral history and memories as well as their present existence, opening diverse channels through the voices of their elderly, their adults, men and women, youngsters and children as they are able to narrate stories that are representative of their way of living. Visualy, these voices are situated in their ordinary day, complementing the intimate images of their daily life. Our main objective with this film is to give voice and presence to a culture that is dueling to adapt and exist after centuries of invisibility and oppression. Director: Martin Kraft martin@7colores.tv martinkraft.com.ar

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    • OGUASU


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      Institución Ecuménica de Promoción Social (OGUASU) teaches Myba Paraguayans beekeeping, aquaculture, animal husbandry, conservation, reforestation and the organic cultivation of traditional crops.

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      • Bici Club


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        The idea behind the project was to reduce the commuting time of 30 students from 2 hours to 35 minutes. We decided to buy bicycles and teach a whole school in a rural community in Mexico how to ride them. The bikes were distributed to the children that lived the furthest and they were stored at school in the "BiciClub". The kids were not only taught how to ride them but also how to repair and maintain them with the tools we provided. The objective was to rent the bikes during the week-ends to their peers and community, this way the kids are able to maintain their bikes throughout the year and have some extra cash for themselves.

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        • David Kaimowitz on disrupting commodity systems, and strange bedfellows


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          At an event on forests and climate change at the Ford Foundation in September 2014, David Kaimowitz, the foundation's director of Sustainable Development, reflects on two key themes of the day's discussions: disrupting commodity systems, and strange bedfellows. More information: http://www.fordfoundation.org/issues/sustainable-development/climate-change-responses-that-strengthen-rural-communities/news?id=911

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          • Sacred Grounds: Protecting the Relationship to Place


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            Join us for an important discussion about the rapid loss of sacred sites around the world, its impact on indigenous and modern communities, and what we can do to protect the land that gives us life.

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            • Why monitor contracts between indigenous communities and loggers?


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              Edgar Maravi, regional coordinator for Finnfor at CATIE, initiated an activity that seeks to build the capacity of indigenous communities to negotiate and monitor logging contracts to move toward sustainable forest management and a fair distribution of forest benefits. Learn more about this activity financed by PROFOR: http://www.profor.info/knowledge/toolkit-forest-control-and-supervision

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              • Paddling practice with the North Van Canoe Club


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                An evening out in the water with paddlers from the Squamish First Nation.

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                • ITO'TE SWANE we shall care for ourselves (80 MIN. / 2010 / ST ENGLISH)


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                  Video about health conditions in the Northwest Indigenous Mexico, collecting testimonies and experiences in the states of Sonora and Baja California in indigenous communities Seri, Guarijío, Pima, Mayo, Yaqui, Pápago, Cucapá, Kiliwa, Kumiai and also with migrant agricultural workers. This work was commissioned by the Red Indígena Noroeste (Northwestern Indigenous Network). http://www.terranostrafilms.com/en/catalog/itote-swane-we-shall-care-ourselves

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                  • FROM THE SIERRA OF THE PIMA (11 MIN. / 2006 / ST ENGLISH)


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                    In Sonora’s East Sierra Madre, the ancestral Pima tribe is survived by its children. They have been displaced from more than half of their ejido lands by large land owners who continue to send them death threats. The government acts complicity, ordering police to torture and imprison the indigenous. This is "the abandonment of a people that almost wasn't known to exist" says SCI Marcos after hearing the Pima speak. He was received in the community La Dura on October 25th, 2006. Realization: Nicolas Défossé Mexico, 2006 http://www.terranostrafilms.com/en/catalog/sierra-pima

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                    • THE PATH OF THE MAYOS with the Other Campaign (30 MIN. / 2007 / ST ENGLISH)


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                      The Indigenous Mayo pueblo -or Yoreme- live in Sonora and Sinaloa in the northeast of Mexico. From owning their own land, the Mayos become the employees of land owners who pay them enough to eat Those who survive by fishing are confronted with big business´ invasion of the coast. Many members of the Mayo tribe see the necessity of seeking radical change and so they approach the Other Campaign´s proposals. Realization: Nicolas Défossé Mexico, 2007 http://www.terranostrafilms.com/en/catalog/path-mayos-other-campaign

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