The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking The Domination Code
Aa result of the collaborative efforts by filmmaker and Director Sheldon Wolfchild and Co-Producer Steven Newcomb, this documentary, based on Newcomb’s thirty years of research, and his book Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, brings to the big screen the amazing and little known story: that of the original nations, whose land title is still to this day ruled by U.S. Supreme Court as a “mere right of occupancy” subject to a right of domination on the part of the United States as the first "Christian people" that claimed “ultimate dominion" over lands inhabited by non-Christians.
Birgil Kills Straight, a Headman of the Oglala Lakota Nation, provides insight into the traditional wisdom and teachings of the Seven Laws of the Oglala Lakota. The documentary points out that the traditional teachings of original nations and peoples form an alternative to the dehumanizing domination system of Christendom.
Theologian Luis Rivera-Pagán, who is interviewed in the film, points out in his book A Violent Evangelism: The Religious and Political Conquest of the Americas, that an accurate history must account for the theological and religious justifications for claims of domination over the original nations and peoples. Rivera-Pagán talks about the devastating effects of “the absolute devaluation of one’s being,” or, in other words, dehumanization.
The film calls upon the Holy See at the Vatican to revoke the papal decrees that set into motion the domination system, and points out that the values and teachings of original nations are a sacred path for all Life.
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