Value Change for Survival: All my relations
Oren Lyons / Jo Ag Quis Hi2012
This short film is part of eight testimonial videographic documents about the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and carries the eloquent title of Change of values for survival. Oren Lyon (Jo Ag Quis Hi in onondaga language) is a spiritual leader onondaga, one of the tribes of the Iroquois confederacy. He served in the army and in 1958 he graduated from Syracuse University (New York, USA). In 1970 he returned to the indigenous reserve as a leader and since then he has been one of the greatest lawyers in the iroques cause. In 1982 he took part in Geneva in the UN Commission on the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and established a Working Group of Indigenous Peoples. In 1990 he was mediating in the crisis between the Mohawk Iroquois tribe with the Canadian and Québec governments. He is a firm defender of the environment. He has written several books, including: Dog story (1973) and Exiled in the land of the free: Democracy, Indian Nations and the US Constitution (1992).
In 2012 the Iroquois embarked on a project about the 500 years of its history, its relationship with Europe and America and its prophecies, which, if we listen to it, can help us navigate the changes that are coming to Because of global change, of which climate change is part.
This series of short films allows the Iroquois to tell their story as they strive to maintain the traditions and legacy of their people, while protecting the tenants of their people and their relationship with the care of the Earth.
This series was created by Tree Media in collaboration with Oren Lyons, Sid Hill and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederation) with the support of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and the Executive Director Oliver Stanton.