Sacred Planet (2004) Script

(bells jingling/ children playing)

(narrator) In the beginning, humans lived in small groups that collected food by hunting and gathering, taking only what they needed to survive.

Today, only a few humans still dwell in the depths of nature in some of the last pristine places on Earth.

They continue a traditional way of life that has been practiced, almost unchanged, for thousands of years.

A way of life that has stood the test of time and allowed them to live in harmony with their natural surroundings.

These may be some of the last remaining people to live a traditional lifestyle based on the wisdom passed down through countless generations.

Many people have never heard their voices.

Now it may be time to listen.

(man #1) I've always been taught by my parents and grandparents, which was the same message they received from their grandparents for many generations... that we treat the Earth as our mother.

When we respect the Earth mother, then she provides for us.

And all the things that we see along the way... the four-legged animals...

...the ones in the ocean...

...even the hills and the boulders.

They're our relatives.

By them learning that we're all related, we also learn the responsibility to keep our planet alive.

As a young boy, when I stood next to a great tree, a big, full-grown tree, I felt really small.

I felt that I still had a place, that here's this great tree, bigger than me, been on the Earth longer, and I feel one with it.

The way that my ancestors were able to maintain a unity within the natural environment was to see all things sacred.

Meaning there was spirit in everything.

We always respected our elders.

We admired them for coming so far in life.

My grandfather was a wonderful teacher and a great storyteller.

It seemed as if, as he spoke, he also healed.

And I wanted to learn that.

What my grandfather told me is that when I speak, I will touch the hearts of many people.

I know now what he meant.

And there is a healing in the story.

There's power in the word.

That's how we built the power of our communities.

That is how we taught our children to be great leaders, to be great medicine people...

Through the stories.

(♪ singing in African language)

(speaking native language)

(man #2) The most basic balance that is important to our traditional way of life is to have enough food to eat, to have water to drink and to have firewood to keep ourselves warm.

The land provides us with our basic needs, so we are completely dependent on nature.

Without these things, we cannot survive.

(♪ singing in native language)

Lessons can be learned from other cultures, but we'll also learn from their mistakes.

If the people continue to treat the Earth with no respect, our traditional way of life will come to an end.

When we killed an animal, the remains will be shared between the people.

The skin will be used for clothes, for our blankets.

If it's a big animal, the meat will be sun-dried to be eaten later, and all the meat will be eaten up.

Sharing is a very important thing in our culture.

If you don't share with other people, they will not share with you.

Sharing is just a natural way of life.

(children laughing)

The most important measures that I would teach the children is they must not forget about our land and our culture.

(air traffic instructions over radio)

(woman) Ancient teachings have been passed down through generations of our people.

These teachings say all life forms are interconnected.

Everything is part of one whole and living organism, and each part is vital to the survival of the whole.


I believe the Earth is one living being.

The end of any one life form will lead to hardship of another.

And if there are too many hardships, the whole may suffer beyond healing.

(grunts and trumpets)

I was taught that the most important thing is to have a peaceful heart.

When we are content with who we are, we treat other life forms with compassion and kindness.


Nature will always contain mysteries.

We don't need to solve them all.

We just need to be open and let it fill us.

The energy of nature moves through the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.

And it continues on and on, moving from one form of life to another.

(narrator) Long before humans were able to communicate through modern means, cultures separated by vast oceans were sharing the same values.

They speak in many languages, yet their messages continued to echo one another across the globe.

(man #3) I am a man of the people of the tides.

Much of who I am comes from the sea.

Much of our spirituality comes from the sea.

Somehow we're called back to that place... where it all began.

When there's things alive in the sea, then the sea becomes beautiful.

When there's animals and creatures on the Earth, then Mother Earth becomes beautiful.

When life is good, then we have time for the artists, then we have time to see the art.

It reminds us of the heritage of our tribe.

I live in a place where I could see all of nature, and this is how I learn.

All the lessons to living are out there.


When I go into bear country, I do a ceremony for the bears.

Through a ceremony, we are thankful and say a prayer for being part of this Earth.

I respect other creatures, other animals... because we're living together.


I come from a society where each one of us is responsible for a ceremony to heal Mother Earth.

It heals our family.

It heals our nation.

It heals our tribe.

People... they already know how they should keep the planet clean.

This is the way we used to live.

We're the ones that are the endangered species.

That's what the ravens say.

That's what the eagles say.


(man #4) And when you are living in the forest with the insects and the animals, you build a culture around the presence of those things.

You always feel something is there warming you up or even frightening you or making you happy.

The forest does speak to us.

The basic value of the traditional way of life is a strong sense of belonging, of having a place.

For me, a family includes my community, because they are so close to us, and we share a life with them every day.

People can learn a lot from the traditional way of life.

If there is one thing, I think it is to learn to live humbly on the land, to live humbly in this world.

Whether this is the last generation to have traditional thoughts and beliefs, it may well be...

That's the sad thing about traditional knowledge is that if you don't take it now, it will be gone forever.

We also want our children to have a good future.

We also want to have this land intact for our grandchildren.

We are nothing without the animals, we are nothing without the forest.

This is what we hope is transmitted to the younger generation.

When I was young, I used to climb the trees to look for all sorts of fruits.

I can go right to the very top and look way out, and I often wonder, "What is it like?

"What are people like on the other side of the mountain?"

(narrator) In every culture, the elders hold the knowledge of the past, and the young are the future.

When we look at the world through the eyes of future generations, we begin to discover what we all have in common.

The most sacred thing we ever had was choice.

And that's where it all begins.

♪ There is a knowledge we all know

♪ Yet we don't know, yet we don't know

♪ There is a knowledge we all know

♪ Yet we don't know, yet we don't know

♪ We are one

♪ We are one

♪ We are one

♪ We are one

♪ There is a spirit we all know

♪ Yet we don't know, yet we don't know

♪ There is a spirit we all know

♪ Yet we don't know, yet we don't know

♪ We are one

♪ We are one

♪ We are one

♪ We are one

♪ Is it so hard to love one another

♪ My brother?

♪ Sister

♪ To see each other as we are

♪ My sister?

♪ My brother

♪ The earthly family

♪ Forever


♪ Wake up

♪ Wake up

♪ Wake up now

♪ Wake up now

♪ Wake up

♪ Wake up

♪ Wake up now

♪ Wake up now

♪ Wake up

♪ To the realization

♪ That we are all of one nation

♪ Everyone, let's have some fun

♪ Another moon, the stars, the sun

♪ The sun

♪ We are one ♪