1. *NEW DOCUMENTARY (working draft): “Indigenous Harp Singer: Development’s Societal Perils and A Moment’s Pause” takes you on an adventure to somewhere rarely seen by the public eye: into the rural mountains of northern Thailand and Kayah, Myanmar.
There, communities of indigenous peoples have for generations been living fairly traditional lives, even in the wake of an encroaching modern world.
This is rapidly changing, however. The global market system and its related modern culture lifestyles is slowly and surely perforating their communities’ cultural social fabric. Centuries of indigenous knowledge is being shoved aside.
In this video, with road construction and capitalism looming, Myanmar’s Toni Oo, who is indigenous ethnic Kayaw, skillfully plays bamboo constructed traditional harp instrument. She performs two ancient ethnic Kayaw songs — about love and nature.
While Toni Oo is sharing her musical gift, other villagers walk us through their community. Together, we discover and observe culturally traditional activities such as rice processing, wood collecting, spiritual practices, all-natural jungle food preparation, music, and courtship dancing. We are granted a glimpse into their lives.
We explore what this may mean for Us all. … If we forget about who we really are, our connection with nature and with each other, what hope is there for any of our survival?