OtherWise, RUW, Sociology of Development and Change (WUR) en Sacred Natural Sites Initiative present the four-day film festival Mining Sacred Worlds -with dialogues from guest speakers- which evolves around the mining boom currently threatening the environment, people and communities around the world. It highlights the impacts on indigenous peoples’ sacred places and their ways of living, seeing and caring for the world we all inhabit today.
As a response to the clashing worldviews shown in the 4 films, a thematic debate with activists, journalists and scholars, conducting research on site, will engage the audience in discussion.
Ticket = € 4,- (students € 3,-)
Festival passe-partout = € 15,- (students € € 11.-)
In the third film Pilgrims and Tourists indigenous shamans resist massive government projects that threaten the fragile balance of nature and culture. In the Russian Republic of Altai, traditional native people create and patrol their own mountain parks, trying to rein in tourism and reroute a pipeline to China planned by state-owned Gazprom. In northern California, Winnemem Wintu teenagers grind herbs on a sacred medicine rock their ancestors used for a thousand years, as elders protest U.S. government plans to enlarge Shasta Dam and forever submerge the touchstone of a tribe.
Guest speaker: Gerard Verschoor – Sociologist on indigenous worldviews at Sociology of Development and Change Chair group (WUR);
Faciliator: Bas Verschuuren – Coordinator for the Sacred Natural Sites Initiative