Gather: a new project

Gather is a new project currently in production that explores the state of Native American Food Sovereignty thru film, photography and print journalism.

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Gather

Gather is a new film and journalism project on Native American Food Sovereignty.
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Tesuque Pueblo, New Mexico
First: We are doing a virtual, live screening of Gather Monday January 4th at 8 pm EST followed by a Q&A with cast members and director @mrsanjayr. See the link in our profile. Tickets are $5. Our panels have always been a lot of fun, but we realize most of our followers haven’t gotten the chance to see one. Hope as many as are able can join.

Ahhh, but the photos. They capture knowledge, beauty and power - all the elements contained in a seed.

The seed is the universe out of which life and form manifest. The seed holds the spirit of our ancestors’ wisdom and their love for future generations. The seed contains both the possibility and the promise of sustenance and strength.

How can one place a monetary value on this?

The power in the seed is priceless and at the same time fragile. With the seed, we thrive. Without the seed, we die.

The balance between commerce and life isn’t so difficult to understand, but the roots of capitalism have infected the relationship between the two in that commerce is now (perversely) more important than life.

Those that can AFFORD the calorie get the calorie. The seed isn’t for those who sow it, tend it, harvest it, but for people thousands of miles away with the means to pay for the packing and shipping of the fruit.

This is why the seed is so valuable to capitalism. In it lies the promise of thousands of dollars, of added value, of propagating inequality.

And this is why food sovereignty in many aspects begins with the seed, the land it sits in and the water that nourishes it.

This system shouldn’t be at the mercy of those with dollars but should serve those who tend it, love it, harvest it. What they choose to do with it is their choice. But the market shouldn’t dictate the journey of the seed. The keepers should.

Photo - Tesuque Pueblo seedkeepers / by Jonathan Sims on assignment for Gather.
@ Tesuque Pueblo, New Mexico
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San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation
Ok everyone! You made an Elder so incredibly happy!!

Last Thursday when we did a panel with @kisstheground Twila had made an offhand comment about a long wishlist she had for 2021. But out of humility she said it was too much to share.

The comments section on the Zoom lit up with people begging her to share the top item on her wishlist.

That’s when she revealed that her truck was on its last legs. Her trusty Nissan had driven over 350k miles, made 3 trips to Standing Rock and had introduced countless Apache kids to their land.

And that’s when we committed to starting a GoFundMe.

Our initial goal was $15k, enough to buy a used truck with 100k miles on it. But by noon on Friday we had blown past that goal. And we realized that Twila could actually get a new truck, something that would last 20 more years.

We boldly upped the goal to $20k then $25k then $32k and finally $35k.

While GoFundMe takes 2-5 days to send funds, we were able to get a loan from a kind person to advance the funds to Twila.

And so she headed to Phoenix Tuesday, cashiers check in hand and drove away in a 2020 Toyota Tacoma.

She thanks everyone from the bottom of her heart. Her days are always packed with responsibilities - food deliveries to elders; ferrying kids to the desert to forage; and foraging for her own family and neighbors.

She also drives to tribal nations all over the South to participate in knowledge sharing and exchange.

2020 looked like it would end bleakly for her transportation requirements. But you all changed that destiny.

THANK YOU all so much for displaying the love, heart-power and kindness this world so desperately needs.

Happiest holiday everyone.

With love,

Team Gather @ San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation
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Twila needs a truck. Don’t know how to say it more simply.

Her trusty, rusty 4x4 has breathed its last. No more can Twila take youth out to the desert to hunt, forage and learn traditional Apache footways.

That is, unless we all help and get her some new wheels. We set up a GoFundMe (link in profile) where all funds raised will go directly to her. If we raise enough, we can get her something sturdy and long-lasting.

We’d like to raise $15,000 or more as quickly as we can.

Can you chip in by Christmas?

Covid-19 has hit Indian Country particularly hard. Native communities are literally as far away from the supply chain capitalist food system as possible. Remember, Natives were forcibly displaced from what are now urban areas and pushed as far from railways (which now mirror the highway system) as possible.

The food system literally does not serve them. It’s a long-term plan to create undue reliance on government rations, in almost the same exact form as were given post Indian Wars.

Anyhow, you all know this. And you all know how vital it is for people like Twila to continue to do the hard work to rebuild their traditions.

Please join us in helping her this holiday season.

With love and gratitude.

Photo by @renan_ozturk.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/a-new-vehicle-for-twila
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Very excited to bring you the official music video for “Warrior” featuring footage from ‘Gather!’ It was such an honor to have this song featured in this incredible documentary film about indigenous food sovereignty.

If you’re looking for a way to decolonize your holiday weekend, watch ‘Gather’ with your loved ones (in a safe virtual watch party fashion)! This film has taught me so much about the resiliency of indigenous wisdom through food.

Find ‘Gather’ at - https://gather.film

“Warrior” is OUT NOW on my new album ‘Woman In Color’ - https://ffm.to/womanincolor.oof

Performance footage by Matthew Freiheit
Edited by Sanjay Rawal
Gather footage cinematographer Renan Ozturk
Hat by ThunderVoice Hat Co.
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Raye Zaragoza
Very excited to bring you the official music video for “Warrior” featuring footage from ‘Gather!’ It was such an honor to have this song featured in this incredible documentary film about indigenous food sovereignty.

If you’re looking for a way to decolonize your holiday weekend, watch ‘Gather’ with your loved ones (in a safe virtual watch party fashion)! This film has taught me so much about the resiliency of indigenous wisdom through food.

Find ‘Gather’ at - https://gather.film

“Warrior” is OUT NOW on my new album ‘Woman In Color’ - https://ffm.to/womanincolor.oof

Performance footage by Matthew Freiheit
Edited by Sanjay Rawal
Gather footage cinematographer Renan Ozturk
Hat by ThunderVoice Hat Co.
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Just a reminder. Thursday is a day of mourning for the Mashpee Wampanoag people. Marking 400 years of the same b.s.

I promise, we will have a more hopeful post tomorrow. But not today.

@wampanoagtradingpost @kameachayne @farmerrishi @agrowingculture @earthisohana @culturalsurvival @greenstonefarm_la and many others