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Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change Videobriefs

A series of short videos about the effects on climate change on indigenous communities in a variety of geographic regions. The videos can be watched on youtube via the links below, or high quality videos are also available for download, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Creative Commons License Download the DVD 'Stories from a Climate Changed World - Sharing indigenous Perspectives' here...

Australia: Kowanyama
  Australia: Sea Level Rise in Kowanyama - Cape York, Australia
(2009, duration 6:26)
"When the whole ocean comes and rises up, where are we going to go?" This story follows Inherkowinginambana, the Kowanyama's traditional knowledge coordinator as he travels with the local reangers and various traditional owners to visit different cultural sites that are being rapidly changed by saltwater rise.
A short video about the effects of climate change on an indigenous community living in a wet savannah zone in Northern Australia.
Australia: Kuku Nyungkal
  Australia: Walking on Country With Spirits: Biodiversity Loss in Australia's Wet Tropics (Kuku Nyungkal)
(2009, duration 6:40)
Marilyn Wallace, a Kuku Nyungal woman, lives the 'ancestor's way' on her country, amongst the World Heritage rainforest of Far North Australia. She is already noticing the changes in seasonal cycles and expresses how climate change is transforming her country and traditional understandings. A short video about the effects of climate change on remote indigenous countryside located in the wet tropics in Northern Australia.
Australia: Arnhem Land

Australia: Fighting Carbon with Fire: Arnhem Land, Australia
(2009, duration 5:32)
Aboriginal fire ecologist, Dean Yibarbuk, explains how traditional fire management practices have kept the country health for thousands of year. Recently, his mob have been working with local scientists to adapt a regime of traditional fire management practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A short video about the effects of climate change on indigenous people managing a dry savannah zone in Arnhem Land, Northern Australia.

Indonesia: Dayak   Indonesia: The Forbidden Forest of the Dayak, Borneo
(2009, duration 9:05)
Deep in the old remaining forests of Borneo, the Setulang Dayak community guards its forest with deep commitment. The village's traditional law of Tana Olen ('forbidden forest') has helped the village withstad the increasing pressure from logging indutsries. Now, as rapid development rolls in, the village is trying to secure sustainable and forest-friendly incomes. A short video about the effects of climate change on indigenous people living in the forests of Borneo island, Indonesia.
Indonesia: Dayak   Kyrgyzstan: Finding a Place to Feed - Kyrgyzstan Shepherd Family and Pasture Loss
(2009, duration 8:09)
Kyrgyzstan shepherd Dootkasy and his wife Anarkul share their family's observations and traditional adaptations to a changing climate in highland pastures of Kyrgyzstan's Tian Shan Mountains. A short video about the effects of climate change on indigenous people living in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan.
PNG: Carterets Is   Papua New Guinea: Disappearing Paradise of the Carteret Islands
(2009, duration 6:37)
Nicholas Hakata, a local youth leader, explains that with sea level rise, he and his family have been surviving on fish and coconuts, and battling malaria-infected swamp mosquitoes. With doos aid ships coming twice a year, the relocation plans are slow. Hungry and furstrated, Islanders have set up their own relocation team and have begun the urgent tasks of moving their families closer to security. A short video about the effects of climate change on indigenous communities living on a sand
y island in Papua New Guinea.
Russia: Altai
  Russia: Land Has Breath - Rediscovering Altai's Human-Nature Relations 
(2009, duration 8:33)
Cheltuev, Telengit community leader and shaman from Russian Altai's high altitude Kosh Agach Raion traverses their sacred lands. He reflects on our 21st century world and stresses the importance of reviving vital traditional knowledge – age-old knowledge that instruct the respectful and harmonic relationship between local environment and human behaviour. A short video about the effects of climate change on indigenous communities living in mountainous terrain in Central Asia
Russia: Altai
  Tajikistan: Pamiri Women and the Melting Glaciers of Tajikistan
(2009, duration 10:07)
The fast melting glaciers of the Pamir Mountains which provide over 50% of Central Asian water resources are rapidly melting at a rate similar to Greenland’s continental glaciers. Three generations of Pamiri women share the impacts of the melt and decreasing water levels.




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