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 is a new film and journalism project on Native American Food Sovereignty.
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In 3100film (3100: Run and Become) Shaun Martin (Diné) attempts to retrace the escape route his father Allen Martin took from boarding school in Leupp AZ to their homesite, west of Gap, AZ. Shaun is a teacher himself now on the Rez and Race Director of the Canyon de Chelly Ultramarathon. He is also on the Board of the film’s production partner @wings_of_america . Billy Mills said of the film, “Whether you’re a runner or someone looking to transform your life, inspiration can be found if you have the courage to look within. A film like 3100: Run and Become is the perfect starting point.” The film is on iTunes Amazon and Google Play. Link in profile. The film was directed by Gather’s Director Food Chains @ Leupp, Arizona
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Navajo runners, Kalahari Bushmen fighting for their food sovereignty (and chasing their food by foot) and folks running around a 1/2 mile loop in NYC?? Interested in traditional, ancestral and spiritual practices? Please give our director @mrsanjay ‘s film 3100film a watch. It’s on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. Native Faith Keeper Oren Lyons (Onondaga) and Native Olympic Gold Medallist Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota) hosted the theatrical premiere in Santa Fe with @wings_of_america last August. The film played first to Native audiences before hitting urban centers. Thrilled to share it with you all!! @quinnthenavajo
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If you don’t already, please give @tankabar and @tankafund a follow. 150 years ago, capitalism and resource-driven lust motivated the wanton slaughter of bison - from a population that numbered more than 60 million and stretched from coast to coast, to less than 25 individual heads. Part of the modern approach to rebuilding herds and buffalo culture is to find ways, as capitalists say, to have win-wins. Tanka provides such opportunities- for Buffalo ranchers to make a living doing what their ancestors did and living off the Buffalo. Yet the same greed that subjugated the Buffalo people once is trying to do so again. General Mills-owned @epicbar has hurled millions to snuff Tanka’s market share. Don’t let them win #supporttanka (photo during a film shoot on the Cheyenne River Lakota Rez with @fredericksdubray @beaudubray @elsiedubray )
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We have been relatively silent the last few months - carving and shaping footage into a film. The storyline is complex- with Buffalo people, Salmon people and Apache - drawn together through historical trauma, genocide, resilience and ultimately VISION ... that indigenous people will rise, reclaim and restore their foodways. We hope to finish the film by spring and til then just have a couple more film shoots, one of which you’ll see unfolding over the next few days...
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Here, Twila Cassadore (San Carlos) @twila_cassadore_ digs for Mother Earth’s bounty, hidden just beneath the top soil, out of sight except to those who know where to look. @apachefarmer @nephi_craig @shyalchesay @renan_ozturk @tanya_meillier @sterlinharjo @chzamag @daharbfilm @kim_baca1 @fndi303 @jenbuffett @medwinboberts @the11thhourproject @mrsanjayr
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Navajo farmers differentiate themselves from most U.S. farms in a key way: Nearly half of all farms on the reservation are operated primarily by a woman.
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Thinking today of an impromptu gathering between the first contacted and the last contacted. In spring 2018, members of the Yurok Nation (@sammygensaw @jlg.ensaw @ancestral_guard ) took a long journey to #quinnipiac land to speak at the Yale School of Environmental Studies and Forestry and share a grassroots perspective on the #Klamath River watershed. To honor what they could of the remaining local indigenous people, they traveled a bit further east to the Mashapee Wampanoag Nation and met with Danielle Hill @backyahdbeauty in a traditional Wamp home. The @ancestral_guard guard were overwhelmed by the experience of meeting those first contacted by permanently settling colonizers and the genocide of these great people who ensured the survival of the colonizers only to be slaughtered for their land (colonizers in part didn’t know how to cultivate the land and decided just to rid Native farms of Natives wtf). The Yurok on their part were amongst the last contacted yet the almost carnal desire of colonizers for Yurok land and the ensuing genocide and displacement mirrored the experience of the Mash-Wamp. What base lust drives a man to kill another for a piece of soil he cannot take to the afterworld? Yet, the orange man who shall not be named is attempting to do that across the US- from Bears Ears to right back where it all started - there is an attempt to strip the Mash-Wamp of 321 acres of their homeland. Mind you, they’re in Rhode Island surrounded by towns. That plot is almost all they have. 📷 @taylorfreesolo @jenbuffett @medwinboberts @the11thhourproject @fndi303 @renan_ozturk @tanya_meillier @daharbfilm @chzamag @frau_mit_katze @kiowaqtee