Women of the Dongria Khond tribe in Orissa, India preform a traditional dance.
James Cameron’s Avatar is creating a kind of Christ-like effect in various countries. This story popped up on CNN.Com:
An isolated tribe of nature-worshipping forest-dwellers threatened by a mine ‚Äî yes, the Dongria bear no small resemblance to the Na’vi of James Cameron’s film Avatar. That point was not lost on the international network of activists who have taken up the Dongria’s cause. They ran an advertisement on Feb. 8 in the Hollywood trade publication Variety urging Cameron to support them. “Avatar is fantasy… and real,” the ad says. “The Dongria Kondh tribe in India are struggling to defend their land against a mining company hell-bent on destroying their sacred mountain. Please help the Dongria.”
The tribe is trying to protect their land against a mine that is to be built. But protesters are hoping to use some of the Avatar love, and box office profit, to enact actual change: