Gather: in production now@gatherfilm

James Beard/Emmy winning film team led by 1st Nations Development Inst @fndi303. Dir: @mrsanjayr Prod: @Sterlinharjo @tanyameillier DP: @renan_ozturk.

http://indiangiver.firstnations.org/nl180506-01/

(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. .
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@beaudubray @fredericksdubray @renan_ozturk


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From article by @fndi303 (link to full article is in profile).
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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.”
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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.


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“Imagine if there were a million more.” - Fred DuBray.......Please join us in giving a gigantic congratulations to Fred’s daughter @elsiedubray (Cheyenne River Lakota) who just took home 4th place in the biochemistry division of the Intel World Science Fair today. That’s 4th place in the 🌎. THE WHOLE WORLD. Furthermore, it’s for her multi year research of the beneficial aspects of Buffalo (versus grassfed beef). She just graduated from Timber Lake High School, situated on the border of Cheyenne River Sioux and Standing Rock and is headed to @Stanford this coming fall. Yay Elsie!! And @beaudubray and @fredericksdubray!
@tanya_meillier @tankafund @renan_ozturk @sterlinharjo @daharbfilm @chzamag @taylorfreesolo @frau_mit_katze @shaandiin @fndi303 @jenbuffett @the11thhourproject @thecameradivision @a.j._crankshaw @kiowaqtee @kim_baca1 @thundervalleycdc @lizhoover @ancestral_guard


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Some folks (not gonna name `em) have expressed bewilderment when they hear what kind of equipment we are using for @gatherfilm. Yes, that’s a RED Helium 8K with Leica Summicron prime lenses, one of a kind glass. But IMHO - if any subject is worth this treatment it’s the indigenous food system :: (and to make crystal clear the genocide inflicted by colonizers to destroy and steal that system). Where do people think their corn, tomatoes, potatoes, avocados, etc much less WATER and SOIL came from? It came from tens of thousands of years of exquisitely managed resources - resources that continue to be worshipped. Understanding that not everyone gets access to this equipment and that wonderful work is done with less, why wouldn’t we try use the best if we could?? “Oh, but these are impacted communities” // “Oh, that’s major overkill”. We have heard it all. And frankly we got lucky 🍀. We could not have fulfilled our dream were it not for a host of partners who IMMEDIATELY understood the importance of doing this topic justice up to the absolute limits of their capacities. Many thanks to @a.j._crankshaw + @thecameradivision and also @cwsonderoptic for making this all a reality thru their unflinching generosity. We wanted to film in 8K even tho the tech for viewing it isn’t commercially available. One day it will be - and we will have a future-proof record of the amazing work going on right now in Indian Country. And thanks as always to @camp4collective @renan_ozturk @daharbfilm @taylorfreesolo @rudy.le @chzamag and @tanya_meillier for getting it all to the most wonderful and remote locations around 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
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Photo at Mashpee Wampanoag by @renan_ozturk after a meeting of East Coast and West Coast :: @backyahdbeauty and the @ancestral_guard (@sammygensaw and @jonlukegensaw ).
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As always 🙏🏽🙏🏽 @jenbuffett @fndi303 @sterlinharjo @kiowaqtee @ranalapine @the11thhourproject @medwinboberts @nephi_craig @cassadoretwy @apachefarmer @coastymathanuuma @siixuutesna @kim_baca1 @petergensaw @zechariah_gabel @weesh_com @elsiedubray @beaudubray @fredericksdubray @thundervalleycdc @tankafund @frau_mit_katze @rayezaragoza @shaandiin @chrisburkard @gretacaruso @lsingh @forestwoodward


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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


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Via @life_as_ceremony. Follow @mmiwhoismissing. This has to stop. Now. #notinvisible #mmiw #enditmovement❌


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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. .
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@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


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Spending these few days with the @ancestral_guard has been a joy and privilege. They’re off in the distance in this shot by @renan_ozturk harvesting mussels and seaweed for their families. “I guess we grew up poor,” says @ancestral_guard founder @sammygensaw . “But we always had food. Fresh salmon. Fresh eel. Fresh elk. Seaweed. Acorns. Roots. But when we lost our salmon, that’s when things hit home hard. We used to sell and trade our extra food and that’s how we made ends meet. Now we have to struggle not just to pay bills but to feed our families. Everything we had depended on the health of the Klamath. Now, we are at war - to save our traditional way of life.”...
With @jonlukegensaw @zechariah_gabel @petergensaw @jenbuffett @kiowaqtee @fndi303 @chzamag @tanya_meillier @sterlinharjo @taylorfreesolo @kim_baca1 @frau_mit_katze @ranalapine @medwinboberts @the11thhourproject @shaandiin @djiglobal @daharbfilm


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“The Yurok have been fishermen and fisherwomen since the dawn of Creation. And my generation might be the last to know the feeling of growing up on the Klamath, spending all day on the River and knowing we could always feed our families with what the Creator blessed us with,” says @sammygensaw. “In our Creation story, we were told that as long as conditions were good for salmon, they’d be good for us. But when the salmon disappear so would we. The salmon are almost gone because of overfishing and climate change and the dam. But they’re not all gone. And neither are we. And we will fight til both our river and our people are restored to full health and potential. That’s the mission of the @ancestral_guard.” #FishOn...
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With @jonlukegensaw @zechariah_gabel @petergensaw drone: @renan_ozturk @daharbfilm ... @fndi303 @jenbuffett @tanya_meillier @sterlinharjo @shaandiin @chzamag @kiowaqtee @kim_baca1 @the11thhourproject @frau_mit_katze @riseupranch @taylorfreesolo @coastymathanuuma @siixuutesna @medwinboberts @ranalapine @lindsaymccovey @uriahcheng @ashiagww @paulrww


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A baby gray whale and its mother frolic just outside a large sandbar that blocks the mouth of the mighty Klamath River in Northern California. Before the river was dammed, the water level behind the sandbar was noticeably higher and gray whales, killer whales and even great white sharks drifted into the freshwater. Now with reduced flows, sandbars have accumulated, slowing down the flow of eels and fish into the Rivermouth as well. We were out on the sandbar with the @ancestral_guard who in their infinite eagerness were armed with eel hooks and drift nets, although spring salmon season has yet to start and the eel were blocked by sand. They brought out a crew of young indigenous men and women from as far up the Klamath as Oregon to see the diverse ways the Yurok harvested the sea life. @sammygensaw joked that “back in the day if a whale breeched itself we would invite our Tolowa brothers and sisters down to help us butcher. They were master whalers and we did ceremonies while they helped harvest the meat.”.
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Drone: @renan_ozturk with @daharbfilm. @tanya_meillier @paulrww @ashiagww @uriahcheng @petergensaw @jonlukegensaw @siixuutesna @coastymathanuuma @kiowaqtee @taylorfreesolo @chzamag @jenbuffett @fndi303 @the11thhourproject @sterlinharjo @medwinboberts @ranalapine @kim_baca1 @riseupranch @lindsaymccovey


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It is an absolute honor to be on the territory of the Yurok nation and to spend time with the @ancestral_guard. This group of amazing young men and women made up of various Northcoast tribes are dedicated to rejuvenating and rebuilding their traditional food system in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Climate change and overfishing have damaged the food sources they have relied upon for tens of thousands of years. But using traditional knowledge and modern science together, the ancestral guard are finding ways to make slow incremental progress in the fight to save their food systems. They need oneness and support - please give them a follow on their new Instagram account for a start. Drone footage by @renan_ozturk and @daharbfilm with @djiglobal. .
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@savsevs @jonlukegensaw @sammygensaw @siixuutesna @coastymathanuuma @lindsaymccovey @tanya_meillier @chzamag @fndi303 @kiowaqtee @taylorfreesolo @uriahcheng @lindsaymccovey


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Link in profile :: Check out the new article penned by @kim_baca1 for @highcountrynews on how Natives are using the web for Food Sovereignty education. Like @mariahgladstone for #Indigikitchen and Maizie White (@rowenwhite) for @native_hearth. With a shout out to @robertbaldy and @mbaldy12 from #Hupa. .
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“If your food dies, your culture kind of dies, too,” Robert Baldy said. “You can’t truly be sovereign without feeding yourself.”.
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Photo: Bears Ears Sacred Land #savebearsears (photo choice :: just because :)


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