Ancient Wisdom & The Ocean

A virtual event discussing the critical role of traditional, Indigenous, and local knowledge in ocean conservation

For Earth Week 2021, Oceanic Global hosted Ancient Wisdom and the Ocean—a virtual gathering, supported by Aspiration, which amplified traditional, indigenous, and local knowledge from around the world & the importance of blending it with modern science to create holistic, long-term solutions for protecting our blue planet.

The gathering was hosted by actress and activist Nathalie Kelley and included four discussion circles—led by global community leaders, field experts, and representatives from Seeding Sovereignty, Eco Resolution, and the United Nations Division of Law and the Sea—across the themes: protecting marine areas, fisheries, climate resiliency, and oceanic biodiversity.

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Host: Nat Kelley

Sacred Water Ceremony

  • Biskungwi Marquez Izquierdo & Guneymaku Izquierdo Marquez from the Wintukwa Community of the Arhuacos (Colombia)

Aunofo Havea

Spotlight on the Mundas People in the Sundarban region of Bangladesh

Dune Lankard

Spotlight on the Tagbanwa People in Palawan, Philippines

Emily Cadiz

Marina Testino

Nina Gualinga

John Milton

Giselle World 

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Julia Drapkin

Ruby Reed


Alannah Vellacott

Janet MacGillivray


Dr. Sarah Hameed

Francois Bailet


Melissa Garren


  • The Condor & the Eagle looks at how fossil fuel industries and climate change drastically affect Indigenous peoples and seeks to uplift the Indigenous lead movements that are creating positive change. Directed by Sophie & Clément Guerra. 
  • Sustainable Futures – Communities in Action seeks to highlight the strories and knowledge of Indigenous Peoples in Nuu-chah-nulth territory on Canada’s west coast, Peoples of Papendorp, South Africa, as well as Peoples of the island of Koh Pitak, Thailand. Created by the CCRN. 
  • Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change shares Innuit knowledge and experience regarding climate change. Directed by Nunavut-based Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat The Fast Runner) and researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro (Seeds of Change).
  • National Film Board of Canada Indigenous Cinema offers many different films by Indigenous Peoples in Canada about Indigenous knowledge, stories, and more.
  • Indigenous Voices on Climate Change Film Festival shares incredibly localized documentaries that uplift Indigenous voices in climate justice movements.


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