Video: The Land and the Waters are Speaking: Indigenous Views on Climate Change

April 4, 2019
Nainoa Thompson

The ongoing destruction of Earth’s natural systems is the result of decisions, made daily, by billions of people. These decisions are voluntary and involuntary at once, collective and personal. Two indigenous leaders—Nainoa Thompson and Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq (Uncle)—have both been identified by their communities as messengers who will guide us through climate challenges as they reflect on their traditions and spiritual practices.

Nainoa Thompson is the president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and a Pwo navigator, who, inspired by his kūpuna (teachers), has dedicated his life to exploring the deep meaning of voyaging, and Uncle is an Eskimo Kalaallit Elder, shaman, healer, storyteller, and carrier of the Qilaut (winddrum), whose family belongs to the traditional healers from Kalaallit Nunaat, Greenland.

"The Land and the Waters are Speaking: Indigenous Views on Climate Change" is part of The Constellation Project, a larger collaboration between the Planetary Health Alliance and the Harvard Divinity School that brings together science, faith, arts, and indigenous communities to explore larger questions about our place in the world and imagine a better future.