The finale spotlights the efforts of native Hawaiians and aboriginal Australians to resist threats to their sacred places. In Australia's Northern Territory, aboriginal clans maintain Indigenous Protected Areas; and in Hawaii, indigenous ecological and spiritual practices are used to restore the sacred island of Kaho'olawe after 50 years of military use as a bombing range.
How indigenous customs have protected biodiversity on sacred lands. Included: the Gamo Highlands of Ethiopia, where tensions between the native people and evangelical Christians over a sacred meadow led to a riot; and the Peruvian Andes, where the Q'eros people face threats from Catholics and global warming.
Industrial threats faced by native peoples are detailed. Included: a nickel mine in Papua New Guinea that has forced villagers to relocate to a taboo sacred mountain; and traditional First Nations hunting grounds in Alberta that are being stripmined.
The documentary series about the threats facing the world's indigenous communities begins in the Russian Republic of Altai, where traditional native people have created mountain parks to attract tourism and prevent the building of a gas pipeline. Also: protests against enlarging Shasta Dam in Northern California, which would submerge sites sacred to the Winnemem Wintu tribe.