COLUMN: I got to witness the 2009 Green Lifestyle Film Fest at my UCLA alma mater March 13-15, transform from a ‘little green engine (of eccentrics) that could,’ into a global green fest heavyweight. The director Dorit invited me to help create a green bridge between the best of mainstream and Native American wisdom for next year. My advisor friend, Valerie Nunez (Apache), and I were amazed by the stunning filmmakers and declared at the gala, “You have Certified Organic Native American values!”
The most significant award-winning films included: “Return to Balance,” a magnificent Yosemite mountain dance by renowned climber and Patagonia Ambassador, Ron Kauk, which was captured exquisitely by Emmy Award winner Sterling Johnson (Cherokee). Coincidentally, X-C ski and running Champ Tara Sheahan, wife of Patagonia President Casey (Nez Pierce), a green pioneer, coaches our Native American Olympic Hopefuls. And I just learned that Ron is the father of our Native American Olympic Snowboard Hopeful, Lonnie Kauk (Miwak) of Mammoth Mt.
After serving on the environmental arm of the International Olympic Committee, Canada’s David Chernushenko created “Be the Change,” which spotlights the ‘raucous, joyous heroic eco solutions of fellow Ottawa citizens who are living lightly on Earth,’ along with his film crew. We are ‘Grateful’ to Deborah Koons Garcia for her “Future of Food,” which is blazing around the planet exposing the (mutation) dangers of genetically modified agriculture. See YouTube and Google for promos of most. The clincher that let lose Valerie’s tears of hope was the video “Song For the Ocean(.com)” Singer Kristin Hoffmann inspired us to sing our hearts out with the whales and dolphins in Colin Garland’s ultimate Millennial love song to Mother Earth.
“I want my people to see and hear these films,” said the wise lovely Apache.. “We are weaving a community of all cultures and understandings with one heart for Mother Earth.”
A gifted healer (including remote) of people, animals and Mother Earth, Nunez was part of the powerful team that the Big Bear Community asked to create a (600 mile) medicine wheel around Southern California’s San Bernardino Mts, which ended the seven year drought in 2004. It brought back the lakes, forest and well water tables, plus skiers were blessed with the “best snow in 150 years.” Thanks to a tip off from Judy Grey, producer of the LA Ski Dazzle Show, our Native American Olympic Team Foundation orchestrated the S. Cal skiers to be able to honor medicine wheel leaders, like Bennie “Blue Thunder” LeBeau (Shoshone Elder) and Valerie, at the Show, and the ski areas shared the skiing and boarding with tribal youth.
Dorit is excited about featuring at least three Native-related films next year: The “Big Bear Medicine Wheel” documentary, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1veYnQ-9q5c, and “Native Wind Powering America.” It documents the efforts of the Intertribal Council On Utility Policy (COUP) 11Tribes in harnessing the winds in the Upper Great Plains. The COUP’s plan won the inaugural World Clean Energy Award presented in Switzerland in 2007.
Another docu that could result in Americans being able to cut skyrocketing costs to afford free national healthcare like France and Canada, was voiced-over by my eco/ski friend, Ed Begley Jr’s. ‘PINK, BLUE, YELLOW, GREEN – One Man’s Fight To Bring Stevia To America’s Table,’ exposes how Stevia, the natural sweetener that doesn’t raise your blood sugar, has been suppressed by the Sugar Industry and FDA. I hailed the LA School district for being the first to put health over profit by banning the sugary soda machines, which also reduced school violence by 65%.’ “Now Coke and Pepsi are starting to use a stevia extract called “Truvia/PureVia.(tm) ” Good Morning America recently called the flowering herb discovered by the tribes of the Americas, the “Holy Grail of Sweeteners” since it is a major solution to getting America lean, clean and diabetes-free, like South Americans and Asians.
Therefore I thanked Ron Redding at NuNaturals(com), makers of tasty NuStevia, our proud sponsor of the Native American Olympic Team, (along with COUP), for connecting me with Dorit and sponsoring this critical festival.
“I was thrilled to hear that ‘The Learning Garden’ got an award,” said Begley, “since gardens like Venice High School’s, are rebuilding our communities while preparing for any possible food shortages. Gang members are transforming into bright, organic salad-addicted Earth Guardians who now know ‘Who’s their Mommy!'” First Lady Michelle’s with DC school kids are following in their moccasins.
ORGANIC/PESTICIDE-FREE FOOD CAN HELP RESTORE U.S. MANHOOD!
The ‘divine’ Dorit threw the gala to give the evolved yummy ‘Raw Food’ the same sex appeal as restaurants serving less sustainable foods, like livestock and the average dinner logging 15,000 miles of carbon, so buy local! Serving organic hormone-free raw foods do enhance our love lives. Renowned AZ Naturopathic doctor, Dr Gabriel Cousins,’ at Telluride’s Awareness Festival showed us his Kirlean aura photos of organic foods having brilliant shafts of life force emanating from them, while pesticided foods just looked black.
Jay Leno and Conan Obrian this year warned that pesticides are also shrinking the manhood of Americans – no joke – why we are bombarded with male enhancements and Viagra ads! The European Union and Maine have banned 300 reproductive-related pesticides surrounding us, and so should the rest of the states!
Since what we put on our skin goes into our bloodstream and organs, I shared that I was making amends for the Daily Show laughingly accusing me of causing ‘lip addiction.’ It turned out that the Nurses Association found that the petroleum in personal products like Chapstick, robs the lips of moisture and is banned in Europe as a carcinogen. My sharing this, led to the Vermont Country Store catalog contacting me and co-creating a 95% organic ‘Suzy Chaffee Naturals’ lip balm…, which is “Snow, Earth, Lip and Love Friendly.” (Chapstick now offers a natural version).
DEMISTIFYING CANCER WHILE PREVENTING WILDFIRES
Thanks to a lifesaving tipoff from Sedona eco hero, Matthew Turner, I also hailed the California Air Resources Board scientists for exposing the dangers of toxic household ingredients in the LA Times in 2003, which demystified why cancer and allergies are headed toward becoming our ‘No. 1 cause of death next year,’ unless we act. They also revealed that “the gases of these toxins, like synthetic fragrances, detergents, carpets… then escape to be the No. 2 cause of smog in our cities next to tailpipe exhaust.” ) Native American Elders say this pollution then blankets the mountains, lowering the vibration, which causes snow and rain droughts, and then wildfires that Harvard says are further melting our glaciers.
Thanks to the booming Green Lifestyle Revolution, there are now green alternatives to everything we need, to purify and lift the health and vibes of ourselves, families, air and water to create of Golden Age of America and Mother Earth! (See printable “Top 10 Toxins to Upgreen” to bring to stores on snow-riders.org).
PHOTO CAPTION (above, left, this page): Wave-makers at LA’s Green Lifestyle Film Festival: Canada’ David Chernushenko, Valerie Nunez (Apache), Dorit, fest founder, and Olympic skier Suzy Chaffee, award presenter. Photo credit: David Faltskog.