THE BLACK LINE JOURNEY
2010, 28 minutes, video.
This deeply impacting film brings the viewer on a sacred journey into the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, in Colombia, South America. The Grand Mamo (traditional elder) Sewkukuy (Norberto Torres) of the Indigenous Arhuaco, as well as Mamos of the Kogi, Wiwa, and Kankuamo tribes, perform their sacred ceremonies to harmonize all of life. Never before have we been privileged to observe the ceremonies of these ancient people, the caretakers of the ‘Heart of the World’. Their inherent legacy designates them as our ‘Elder Brothers’ whose sense of urgency regarding the present challenge to life on Earth is a message to all of Humanity. The Sierras – the highest coastal mountain range in the world – are the home to these Indigenous people who are on the brink of extinction and who struggle to preserve their traditions and their law of origins.
The film’s director Rick Harlow and Grandmother Barbara Threecrow formed THE ELDERS PROJECT in 2009 upon the request of the Indigenous Mamos to assist their people in upholding their ancient culture. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with Rick and Grandmother.
A renowned artist living in Amherst, MA, Rick Harlow spent 23 years living and working with the Indigenous tribes in Colombia. Grandmother Threecrow is Nanticoke – Deleware/Lenape and a ceremonial leader in the Lakota tradition. She is the author of MENDING THE HOOP and THE RETURN OF THE SACRED FEMININE & TEACHINGS OF THE GRANDMOTHERS and resides in the Hudson valley.
To donate to THE ELDERS PROJECT go to Earthaction at www.earthaction.org/the-elders-project.html