Indigenous people and their food systems are resilient. We have withstood historical and ongoing attempts to starve, change, and alter every facet of our food systems. But we hold strong to our knowledge that food is a connection to our past, to our people, and to our lands. As we continue our push for access and protection of our food systems, First Nations Development Institute is proud to introduce this feature-length documentary film on the growing Native American food sovereignty movement.
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: the Film!
There is a showing on Wednesday, November 4th at 6:00 pm of the feature film GATHER, which tells the story about Indian resilience and the renaissance of Native food systems.
There will be a short introduction to the film starting at 5:45 pm prior to the 6:00 pm start of the film and a post film discussion via Zoom at: https://nau.zoom.us/j/81260577703 The Password is: Gather
The goal of IFKN is to develop a network comprised of Indigenous leaders, community practitioners, and scholars (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) who are focused on research and community capacity related to food sovereignty and Indigenous Knowledge.
Founded in 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide....NARF's practice is concentrated in five key areas: the preservation of tribal existence; the protection of tribal natural resources; the promotion of Native American human rights; the accountability of governments to Native Americans; and the development of Indian law and educating the public about Indian rights, laws, and issues.
For the Black Mesa Water Coalition, food sovereignty is one part of a broader effort to transform Navajo and Hopi communities and their economies by drawing on traditional knowledge to build sustainable alternatives to fossil fuel dependence.
Food plays an important role in the formation of identity, in the development of community, economic and social institutions, and in the everyday lives of Native people and communities. Not only are certain foods central to the ceremonial and epistemological belief systems of many Native nations, but Native communities also face unique issues as they try to feed their people. Issues of hunger, food insecurity, maintenance and access to traditional food sources, and geographic isolation make accessing fresh and healthy foods a challenge for many Native American communities, families and children.
While most of Ndee Bikiyaa’s operations are centered at the farm site, they also tend to a cornfield originally created by the Nohwike’ Bágowa (House of our Footsteps) tribal museum and cultural center.