Fri Jan 29th, 2010 at 10:05:38 AM EST
Vedanta does not have any right to touch our Niyamgiri mountain. Even if you cut our throats, even if you behead us, we are not going to allow this. We'll see how they are going to take over our mountains.
Maybe Cameron can work this into the sequel.
What will one tribe have to do to save everything they know?
Mine, narrated by Joanna Lumley, tells the story of the remote Dongria Kondh tribe's struggle to protect Niyamgiri, the mountain they worship as a God. London-based mining company Vedanta Resources plans a vast open-pit bauxite mine in India's Niyamgiri hills, and the Dongria Kondh know that means the destruction of their forests, their way of life, and their mountain God.
Partial transcript from video:
[Dongria Man 1] Now they're telling us that the company will do good things. But we say, "You don't have to take care of ourselves. We can take care of ourselves. We'll lead our lives the way we know. Vedanta is trying to terrorise us.
[Dongria Man 2] People here are extremely agitated now. They are ready to lay down their lives to protect Niyamgiri.
Back in Niyamgiri, the pressure is mounting. Roads are being bull-dozed deep into the hills.
[Dongria Man 3] We will not allow Vedanta to come here and because we didn't know earlier, they were able to build the refinery in Lanjigarh. But now that we know about them, we won't allow them to come here at any cost. We don't need roads up to Niyamgiri. We don't have any vehicles to use this kind of road.
And so the Dongria's have blocked the roads into their sacred hills. They're not waiting for their fate to be decided in a corporate boardroom.
[Dongria Man 3] Vedanta does not have any right to touch our Niyamgiri mountain. Even if you cut our throats, even if you behead us, we are not going to allow this. We'll see how they are going to take over our mountains.
[Dongria Man 4] Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters, did you hear everything? We need people from outside to stand with us, then we have to fight. Then we can survive. We can save our land. And we can be in charge of our territory.
[Dongria Woman 1] We won't give our forest to anybody. Even if you kill us, even if you hang us. We'll carry on living here peacefully. All us women will go to jail. How many people can they keep in jail? How long can the police keep us for? They will give me rice and meat so I'll live in jail. I'm not going to leave my Niyam Raja until I die.
[Dongria Man 3] It's not just about us, we need people like you to join our struggle. We have to drive Vedanta away from here.