Standing on Sacred Ground: Fire & Ice

Toby McLeod & Corrina Gould


Event Details

  • Date:
  • Venue: Dance Palace
    503 B Street, Point Reyes Station, CA, 94956, United States
  • Venue: Dance Palace
  • Cost: $20-$30 sliding scale; Free for students

~Co-presented with Sacred Land Film Project~

Indigenous communities around the world and in the U.S. are resisting threats to their sacred places—the original protected lands—in a growing movement to defend human rights and restore the environment.

Standing on Sacred Ground is a four-part documentary series where native people share ecological wisdom and spiritual reverence while battling government mega-projects, consumer culture, and resource extraction as well as competing religions and climate change. This series exposes threats to native peoples’ health, livelihood, and cultural survival in eight communities around the world. Rare verité scenes of tribal life allow indigenous people to tell their own stories—and confront us with the ethical consequences of our culture of consumption.

From Ethiopia to Peru, indigenous customs protect biodiversity on sacred lands under pressure from religious conflicts and climate change. In the Gamo Highlands of Ethiopia, scientists confirm the benefits of traditional stewardship even as elders witness the decline of spiritual practices that have long protected trees, meadows and mountains. Tensions with evangelical Christians over a sacred meadow erupt into a riot. In the Peruvian Andes, the Q’eros, on a pilgrimage to a revered glacier, are driven from their ritual site by intolerant Catholics. Q’eros potato farmers face a more ominous foe: global warming is melting glaciers, their water source. Andes farmers, scientists and visiting Ethiopians struggle to adapt indigenous agriculture to the changing climate.

Feb 23 at 7pm - Part 1: Pilgrims & Tourists with Chief Caleen Sisk

May 19 at 2pm - Part 2: Profit & Loss with Melissa Nelson

Sept 8 at 2pm - Part 3: Fire & Ice with Corrina Gould

Nov 16 at 7pm - Part 4: Islands of Sanctuary with Kailea Frederick

Toby McLeod

Toby McLeod is a journalist who works in film, video, print and still photography.  He has been Project Director of Earth Island Institute’s Sacred Land Film Project since 1984. In 2013, he completed the four-part series Standing on Sacred Ground, which premiered on public television in April 2015. Previously, Toby produced and directed In the Light of Reverence (2001) and made three other award-winning, documentary films that were broadcast on national television: The Four Corners: A National Sacrifice Area? (1983), Downwind/Downstream (1988), and NOVA: Poison in the Rockies (1990). Toby has a master’s degree in journalism from U.C. Berkeley and a B.A. in American History from Yale. He was a Mesa Refuge resident in 2016.

Corrina Gould

Corrina Gould is the spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone.  Corrina was born and raised in Oakland, CA, the territory of Huichuin. She is an activist that has worked on preserving and protecting the ancient burial sites of her ancestors in the Bay Area for decades.  She is the co-founder and a Lead Organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change, a small Native run grassroots organization, and co-founder of  the Sogorea Te Land Trust, an urban Indigenous women’s community organization working to return land to Indigenous stewardship in San Francisco’s East Bay.

Geography of Hope

In 2019, Geography of Hope is expanding from a one-weekend event to a year-long series of gatherings, pilgrimages, film screenings, conversations and art exhibits that explore the theme of “The Sacred in the Land.”

More Upcoming Offerings

Dec 12

Full Moon Fire Circle at Commonweal Garden in Bolinas

Dec 15

Sacred in the Land: Seasonal Pilgrimages Kate Bunney and Walking Water Team