For hundreds of generations, the Gwich’in people of Alaska and northern Canada have depended on the caribou that migrate through the Arctic Refuge. They believe that they are guardians of the herd, and that the fates of the people and the caribou are forever entwined. For the last 30 years, the Gwich’in have been fighting to preserve a pristine coastal plain where the caribou calve their young, “the Sacred Place Where Life Begins.” With their traditional culture threatened by oil extraction and climate change, two Gwich’in women are continuing a decades-long fight of to protect their land and future.


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  • Patrick Watters

    Visit the NRDC website to sign petitions and donate to protect.

  • Val Burgess

    Please share the petition. I believe it i your right to protect the caribou. I stand with you.

  • Akankha Perkins

    I'd like to sign the petition. where is it?

  • Marilyn

    the possibility of rational decision making by government and society.

  • Elizabeth Lindorff

    The determination of the Gwich'in people to protect their lives, land and culture.

  • Donna O'Neil

    I am inspired by the beauty of the land and it's people, interconnected-- the way we all once were, a long time ago. How could anyone call this a wasteland? Only those whose greed is a predator.

  • Sarah

    the commitment and unity of the Gwich'in nation

  • Patrick Perching Eagle

    Mitákuye Oyás'iŋ, hózhǫ́ógo naasháa doo. (All my relatives [Lakota], walk in beauty [Navajo/Diné]) Beannacht Dia ort (Irish Gaelic for God bless you) Creator ahéhee! Wopila tanka!

  • Robin Cottrell

    We NEED to keep this spirit alive in the world. Western culture is starving for lack of connection with the earth. It makes me weep.

  • colly

    We could be learning such wisdom from these people; instead there is the possibility that their way of life could be destroyed.

  • Jane

    For gods sake can this be ONE indigenous people that we don't destroy!!!

  • Kris

    Everything! The natives have always been one with the earth, nature and spirit. The rest of us always think our way is better and all we do is screw it up wanting more more more!

  • Deepak

    Thank you . It is a beautiful video . A struggle which the the real people of America are struggling to preserve their way of life against white newcomers and their vested interests . When mother Earth is not respected , she fights back and we today are seeing her fight back in the form of climate change . The Gwichin people in Alaska and all native Americans would get my support for their way of life , the way they want to live . Respect them for their culture and traditions . God Bless them all .

  • Brian

    Thanks Team. Peace be upon the Gwich’in people, and to the sacred land. The Indigenous connection to Mother Earth Spirit is ancient. It's time for the World to learn about how this connection is Universal, and a common link between all Faiths. The love is what will knit our hearts together. Green energy is where the money is anyway these days, and multiple extreme weather incidents are happening as a signal that the World must change energy use, and food sources. Love is the truth, and denial is the lie. Just as a Farmer growing wheat deals with weeds (tares) until the harvest. The truth must also be strong and carry on. It's Harvest time on Earth. Be encouraged. Peace on Earth...1

  • rochelle perucca

    The TRUTH! If we do not preserve and protect our environment and mother earth, we are destroying ourselves. rochelle perucca

  • Phil Notz

    I'm inspired by the determination of a people, especially those women to preserve their heritage, their children's future. It's a big battle to fight against the big money in Washington. We don't need that petroleum. And if we can replace the paid off representatives in Washington with people who care about the world's future, we will develop alternate energy sources to replace fossil fuels and greatly reduce their use.

  • Geri Taran

    The dedication of a native people to their historic and traditional life and place. Their respect for the land and the creatures that inhabit it. Their resolve to maintain the beautiful honor of their position.

  • Harish M. Dalal

    The desire to preserve traditions that are applicable even today to live a good healthy and happy life and not give them up to NEW WAYS just because they are NEW, without understanding their effect on health and peace of mind. For example standing while eating in buffet is a bad way to eat. Today's sit-on toilets are not good for a good bowel movement so they sell stools to put in front of the toilet to get your feet up. Cleaning ones behind with toilet paper and then washing ones hands with water. Consider all the energy that is wasted to make and get the toilet paper to a home when water has to be brought into a home in any case. We create and breathe pollution to the extent that our behaviors have become polluted.

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