LAND OF THE GREAT SPIRIT
ANWR Video. This Alaska Native American Music Video, "Land of the Great Spirit" is about the relationship that exists between the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Gwich'in Athabascan Indians.The Video in no way expresses any political views about ANWR, but is a Cultural Documentation of the Gwich'in. The song, "Land of the Great Spirit" also in no way expresses any political views about ANWR but was written by Ben Boyd before oil development in ANWR became a National controversy. It was written to honor the Spiritual Beliefs of the Gwich'in Indians.
The Gwich'in Athabascan Indians of Northeast Alaska and Northwest Canada have received physical and spiritual nourishment from the Porcupine Caribou Herd for thousands of years. Hear Testimony by members of the Gwich'in Clergy as to the spiritual relationship that exists between the Gwichi'n, the Creator, the Porcupine Caribou Herd and their caving ground, the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It is called by the Gwich'in, "The Sacred Place Where Life Begins". It is called this because it is the birthing place for many species of animals and birds. Though it might appear to be a waste land to people who do not have knowledge of Alaska's Tundra Echo Systems, It has micro vegetation and environment that are essential for the birthing of many animal and bird species.
The song has been added to a Music Video. The original analog video was produced by Ben Boyd as a project for a MA Degree in Cultural Documentation from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2001. This version was revised, digitally enhanced and remastered into a digital format by Ben Boyd. All components of video production and music composed, performed and produced by Ben Boyd ©2010.