In 1968, medicine man Raymundo Tigre Perez (Mexico/USA) had a vision. He saw Indigenous Wisdom Keepers from all over the world united – with a fire at the heart – performing a spiritual ceremony for the earth, for peace and the well-being of all living beings.
Only later he discovered that this was a KIVA, an ancient ceremony already used by the Anasazi 3000 years ago. Hundreds of native Wisdom Keepers answered his call and these KIVA ceremonies have been taking place in around the world for more than 30 years. The KIVA ceremony is a collective CALL from the entire indigenous population: they have never lost touch with nature and with their Ancient Wisdom, they can lead us to a more connected and sustainable way of life.
In this documentary, we get a unique view of the KIVA ceremony, where indigenous wisdom keepers gather around a sacred fire and express their love via prayers, ancient rituals, songs and dance. But they also share their concern about the care for Mother Nature and humanity.
Because of the touching prayers and the impressive conversations with the Wisdom Keepers, the viewer is invited to reflect upon how to heal our relationship with the Earth. ‘Because she is crying and is calling her children home!’
As one of the first and few, film maker and photographer Marijke Kodden was permitted to photograph and film at KIVA ceremonies in Mexico (2018), India (2019), The Netherlands (2018/2019) and Germany (2021).
Directed by Marijke Kodden and Jaap Verhoeven (Netherlands)