How Food Sovereignty Supports Indigenous Healing: Gather, the Film Series

Gather is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide.

Gather follows Nephi Craig, a chef from the White Mountain Apache Nation (Arizona), opening an indigenous café as a nutritional recovery clinic; Elsie Dubray, a young scientist from the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation (South Dakota), conducting landmark studies on bison; and the Ancestral Guard, a group of environmental activists from the Yurok Nation (Northern California), trying to save the Klamath river.

Gather will be available for virtual community screenings beginning in the Fall of 2020. We have an option to screen via an online platform to classes, colleagues, constituents and other types of audiences and conduct post-screening Zoom chats. We will have a DVD option for organizations in Indian Country that prefer to give DVDs to their members.

How the Series Began

In 2017, 2018, and 2019, Gather hired a number of Native American journalists and photographers to report on key issues of food sovereignty in Indian Country. The project was helmed by Kim Baca (former Interim Director of the Native American Journalists Association). We then pitched these stories to publications inside and outside Indian Country to great success.

Topics were as varied as Native Hawaiian fish ponds to Navajo Beef, truly showcasing the spectrum of amazing work on Native food sovereignty.

Watch the full series here.

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