BY 1WILDCHERRY11998 · FEBRUARY 6, 2015
“The Condor and The Eagle” is an ambitious film project that hopes to bring together indigenous leaders from North America and the Amazon in an effort to connect their struggles. Bryan Parras, co-founder of t.e.j.a.s., describes the project and his role in it:
The Journey of Four Indigenous Environmental Leaders From the North to the South
For the past several months, the film team – Sophie and Clement Guerra – have worked with indigenous leaders in the US and Canada resisting expansion of the Alberta tar sands, possibly the most destructive industrial project on the planet. The team has been working to tell their stories of resistance and how they are all interconnected. The leaders they have been working with include: Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Sliammon First Nation, standing against Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipelines in British Columbia; Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca Nation, standing against the Keystone XL pipeline in Oklahoma; Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Lubicon Cree First Nation, standing against tar sands mine expansion projects; and Bryan Parras, standing against the refineries processing tar sands in Houston and along the Gulf Coast.
Now, these leaders are preparing to travel to South America, where they will meet with indigenous communities resisting the destruction of the Amazon by similar extractive industry. They will spend the summer making connections, then in December delegations from both regions will travel to the UN climate negotiations in Paris to demand justice for indigenous people all over the world.
“As the industrial corporations push further and further their destructive projects, destroy more and more Mother Earth, the people are now rising up. From outside, it seems to be tragic; but from inside, a spiritual giant has awakened. It is the reunion of the people that were already linked together. It is a reunion beyond borders. It is a reunion around the world.” – Phil Lane Jr.
The Condor and Eagle Project aims to create alliances and explore solutions to the many impacts of industry’s expansion of “extreme energy extraction” on the global and regional ecology and on the welfare of Indigenous communities. These funds will finance the trips of 4 indigenous environmental leaders from North America to South America, facilitating the creation of bonds and alliances with the local Indigenous communities.
Check out this teaser video for The Condor and The Eagle: