James Beard/Emmy winning film team led by 1st Nations Development Inst @fndi303. Dir: @mrsanjayr Prod: @Sterlinharjo @tanyameillier DP: @renan_ozturk.
(Sound on for music) We are soooooo far from finishing but we wanted to share a teeny bit that might not even make the final version in this exact form. For those following our IG, you already know @elsiedubray won the High Plains Regional Science fair and placed 4th in the Biochemistry division of the Intel World Science Fair for her work on buffalo fats. Here’s a small clip coupled with an amazing song by @rayezaragoza whom we are so honored to be working with. .
From article by @fndi303 (link to full article is in profile).
Native American Chef Nephi Craig @nephi_craig (White Mountain Apache/Navajo) sums it up simply: “Now we’re on the other side of the apocalypse.”
The well-known culinary artist was referring to efforts that Native American communities are actively pursuing in order to reclaim their traditional foods, diets and systems – as well as return to traditional nutrition and well-being – which is broadly called the “Native food movement.” This earnest rebuilding comes after hundreds of years of colonialism that sought to eliminate America’s original inhabitants through many means, including the decimation of their well-established food and agriculture systems, through the taking of their fertile crop, fishing and hunting lands, and by forcing their reliance on unhealthy foods that were foreign to their tastes and adverse to their health.
We spent another incredible day with the young Lakota woman @elsiedubray and her brother @beaudubray at both their fathers ranch on the Cheyenne River Lakota Reservation as well as their high school in Timber Lake, SD on the border between Cheyenne River and the Standing Rock Reservation (drone by @renan_ozturk ). “Science and spirituality do go together,” said Stanford-bound high school senior Elsie. “Anti-matter, dark energy, dark matter - these can all be explained by Lakota spirituality. I was told [by a Lakota elder] that when a spirit leaves a body like at a funeral and travels back to the spirit world, it is the Lakota equivalent of anti-matter ... I see how the two worlds can go together. As for my interest in science and my activism, they are inseparable. I am pursuing science because I want to help address health in Indian Country: diabetes, obesity, malnutrition. That’s why I do what I do.” Follow @elsiedubray to see how she does in 10 days at the Intel World Science Fair in Pittsburgh where she will present data on the benefits of Buffalo vs grassfed beef. @fndi303@renan_ozturk@tanya_meillier@sterlinharjo@chzamag@daharbfilm@kiowaqtee@frau_mit_katze@taylorfreesolo@kim_baca1@jenbuffett@the11thhourproject@fredericksdubray@shaandiin
When colonizers came to what is now known as North America, they saw wilderness – primarily because their idea of civilization was that Nature was a force to be conquered rather than something to become one with. Part of the egotistical drive to conquer Nature was to destroy and reform landscapes. When people saw the redwood forests, they didn’t see an interconnected being – that all the flora and fauna depended intrinsically upon one another. They saw dollar signs. And they began shredding forests with abandon and sending those logs to market for sale. Hundreds of colonizers built dynastic wealth through this destruction. At the same time, they destroyed millennia old dependencies and ultimately attempted to annihilate the existing civilizations that lived within these ecosystems. But the forces of capitalism have yet to prove successful, ultimately. The Yurok Hoopa Karuk Wiyot Wintuun and Tolowa are still here. Still protecting these forest beings. And they’ll hold these regions until the rest of the world either burns or becomes enlightened - the future only knows which of these two will become reality. .
. On Yurok land // coastal California. . @ancestral_guard@renan_ozturk@tanya_meillier@petergensaw@sammygensaw@jonlukegensaw@weesh_com@zechariah_gabel@sterlinharjo@daharbfilm@shaandiin@chzamag@kim_baca1@kiowaqtee@jenbuffett@riseupranch@taylorfreesolo@fndi303@the11thhourproject@ranalapine@medwinboberts@uriahcheng