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Indigenous Voices on Climate Change

January 26th, 2010

“Mountains with glaciers bring blessings to the lives of folk, Valleys with glaciers give pastures for healthy livestock.”

“Land has breath, an umbilical cord, nose, mouth, eyes, ears… everything which exists on earth is alive. Altai is a harmonious co-existence of humanity and nature.” – Altaian Traditional Knowledge

Slava Cheltuev, is a Telengit community leader and shaman from the Russian Altai’s high altitude Kosh Agach district. Whilst traversing Altai’s sacred lands, he reflects on our 21st century world and stresses the importance of reviving vital traditional knowledge – age-old wisdom that instruct the respectful and harmonious relationship between local environment and human behaviour.

This film by, Citt Williams, was first screened as a part of the United Nations University’s contribution to a robust discussion at the COP15 climate negotiations in Copenhagen. The United Nations University worked hard with partners to organize the Indigenous Voices on Climate Change film festival at the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen (9-13 December 2009). Fifteen of the films screened at the festival can be viewed in the customized youtube play-list. Download the program.

The film festival was organized by the United Nations University, in collaboration with the featured Indigenous storytelling communities, Conversations with the Earth, Red Cross Society, Panos London, Cenesta,, Sacred Land Film Project, the National Museum of Denmark and the Christensen Fund.

The festival complements the on-going Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Assessment and the work of the UNU-IAS Traditional Knowledge Initiative.

This story has been published under a Creative Commons license.