Our Ancestors Speak

A powerful work that is a call to arms on climate change for peoples across the Pacific and globally. Ancient Oceanic wisdom and worldviews harnessed in service to the most pressing crisis and leadership issue of our times.

It brings poetry, oratory, ancient prophecy, indigenous languages of Oceania – knowledge that has been passed down over three thousand years from the largest ocean in the world – and some of the smallest islands – about sustainability, survival, love, and ways of being in the world – to the world – in an evolutionary moment.

Featuring voices from: Fiji, Samoa, Cook Islands, Hawaii, Aotearoa, Tonga, Niue, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Guam, Papua New Guinea,  Kiribati, Torres Strait Islands.

This video is part of Mana Moana – Pacific Voices, a collection of emotive and artistic video works that have been curated by the special Mana Moana curators created to amplify and support the Pacific to drive global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This initiative is supported by Aotearoa New Zealand and coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme with support from many Pacific islands people, organisations and communities. These videos have been developed to be screened during the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) COP-26 and other relevant climate change events.

The Artists


Poem by
Karlo ‘Ulu’ave Mila 

Mele (Chant)
Kapihe of Hawaii

Manulani Aluli Meyer

Performed by
Antony Vavia, Audrey Brown-Pereira, Cassandra Park, Daniel Mataroa, Frank Gonslaves, Haora Josh Hema, Helena Fuluifaga Chan Foung, James Havili, Joseph Tavita Ogotau Wright, Juliana Satchell-Deo, Juvima Pouao, Lelemia Irvine, Lisa Leilani Williams, Karlo ‘Ulu’ave Mila, Kamuela Enos, Kumu Aulii Mitchell (Kahuna), Leo Nand, Maia Thompson, Mani Mate, Manulani Aluli Meyer, Mele Atineti Tupou-Havili, Nadine Anne Hura, Nicki Perese, Pakilau Manase Lua, Reverend Suamalie Iosefa Naisali, Sisilia Eteuati, Tanifatea Leone Eteuati Rankin, Tigiilagi Kilifoti Eteuati Rankin, Waileia Tupou, Zane Wedding, Zora Felola Osikai Feilo.

Special Curator – Karlo ‘Ulu’ave Mila

Director – Jess Feast

Mana Moana Curators – Rachael Rakena, Mike Bridgman

Producer – Rob Appierdo

Music Director – Laughton Kora

Audio Design – Paddy Free

Editor – Matty Warmington

Production Managers – Andrew Croot, Ruth Korver, Vanessa Patea

Produced by – Storybox

For full production credits please see the end of the film.