Primacy of Number – Philip Glass and Yo-Yo Ma

Oct 28, 2019
A war-torn city with a child sitting in front
Part of me wonders how much of this is already done?  The groundwork has been laid, throughout the '70s and into today, and we have the film industry to also thank for this.  As both a creative medium and a communication tool, I'm not sure if I would have had the knowledge or foresight without the induction of the Qatsi Trilogy.

For those of you that don't know, this is a series of three movies that were produced beginning in the early '80s and extending in the early '00s and includes the musical scores of Philip Glass.  Beginning with Koyaanisqatsi and including the second and third parts Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi, respectfully, these films serve as a reminder of the power of film, and the indigenous prophecies that are well known and exist outside of the 20th-century Judeo-Christian narrative.  Far from a formal movie review, this is a reminder of the Hopi's importance with our place in the Universe, and why their relationship to the stars, is as important as the white man's is to the church.

I say this out of concern for the vast amount of ignorance there is regarding the importance of indigenous communities in North and Central America, and abroad.  This naturally brings up larger topics of conversation that include Colonialism and the Industrial Age and exist well beyond the scope of this limited blog entry.  For the time being, enjoy the music, and find yourself watching these soon.

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