BEYOND THE DIVIDE — CONNECTING TO SPIRIT

BEYOND THE DIVIDE — CONNECTING TO SPIRIT

Project Objectives: 

In 2010 Beth initiated a project to address the common thread between cultures in which peoples seek to protect the Earth. It looked at those who live closer to the earth, indigenous peoples, who follow traditions to honor and protect the Earth, recognizing that our health depends on its health. Regardless of where in the world they live, or the details of the traditions they follow, indigenous people have a commonality of beliefs and values that they pass onto the next generations through storytelling in song and dance to connect to spirit. Beyond the Divide was an effort to share those connections through song and dance, in a series of multi-media performances and related films. In particular, the project was focusing on the impacts of climate change on indigenous communities and their efforts to survive in the face of these global challenges.

 

The mission was to educate – to share and revitalize the deep lessons to be learned from traditional indigenous cultures and their values. Additional objectives included raising awareness about the values and wisdom regarding sustainability shared by most indigenous peoples around the world, to educate about how to get beyond our cultural perspectives and barriers, and to contribute to important community development activities for Native Americans.