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Essay Painting of United States Flag on wall
Five Habits to Heal the Heart of Democracy

Parker Palmer presents qualities of citizenship that are essential for sustaining democracy in troubled times.

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Essay
The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance

As Robin Wall Kimmerer harvests serviceberries alongside the birds, she considers the ethic of reciprocity that lies at the heart of the gift economy.

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Film Coleen Cooley
Water Flows Together

Colleen Cooley, a Navajo river guide, reflects on the importance of acknowledging Indigenous land in outdoor recreation.

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High School
Grade Level: 9-12
Cultural Heritage: Recording a Native Language Dictionary
Film
The Church Forests of Ethiopia

Orthodox Churches for centuries have safeguarded pockets of primary forest and are now working to preserve Ethiopia’s shrinking biodiversity.

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Film Indigenous man holding instrument
The Offering

Quechua dancers perform a pre-celebration ritual associated with Peru's unique Quechua Danza de Tijeras, or “Scissor Dance."

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Film Shepherd whistling
El Silbo

Residents of La Gomera, an island off of Morocco’s Atlantic coast, keep their traditional whistling language alive.

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Film Peruvian Medicine Man
The Medicine Man

A traditional curandero, or medicine man, in Northern Peru uses his extensive knowledge of native plants to treat various maladies.

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Film Native master carver Joe Martin
The Canoe Maker

Master carver Joe Martin, one of the few traditional craftsmen left, makes dugout canoes used by his people, the Pacific Northwest Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations.

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Film Quechua women weavers
Awana

Meet Quechua women weavers in the remote town of Patacancha in the south of Peru.

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Film
While I Yet Live

Five African American women quilters and freedom-fighters from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, share their cultural and family heritage of quilting. 

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Film
Wukchumni

Five years after filming Marie’s Dictionary, Marie and her family share how they continue to teach Wukchumni classes to members of their community.

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Film People walking through forest
Tolowa Dee-ni'

The sole fluent speaker of Tolowa Dee-ni’ in California works with his family to overcome generations of trauma and to preserve their language and traditions.

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