The Fight to Revitalize Native Food Ways
Illumine Presents, in association with Ager Meillier Films and First Nations Development Institute
A film by Sanjay Rawal Executive Producers: Jason Momoa, Brian Mendoza, Jennifer Buffett, Wendy Schmidt, Christine Schantz.
GATHER follows Native Americans on the frontlines of the growing movement to reconnect with spiritual and cultural identities devastated by genocide. An indigenous Apache chef embarks on an ambitious project to build a cafe on the White Mountain Apache Reservation, serving traditional foods lost to time; in South Dakota, a gifted high school student, raised on a buffalo ranch on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, is proving her tribe’s native wisdom through her passion for science; and a group of young men from the Yurok Nation in Northern California fights to keep their culture alive and rehabilitate the habitat of their sacred salmon. All these stories combine to show how the recovery of ancient foodways marks a path forward for Native Americans to bring back health and vitality to their people.
At the same time, the film identifies the initial drive to establish the United States of America as a fight for land and resources - that Natives (and by extension African Americans) were only valuable in so much as they served the capitalist goals of the new democracy. Native Americans were eventually seen as an impediment to Manifest Destiny and the growth of the American economy. With the awareness BLM has been raising, the timing of this new film could not be more critical.
74 min feature documentary
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Gather has been made in partnership with the First Nations Development Institute, a leading Native nonprofit based in Colorado.
First Nations Development Institute recognizes that accessing healthy food is a challenge for many Native American children and families. Without access to healthy food, a nutritious diet and good health are out of reach. To increase access to healthy food, we support tribes and Native communities as they build sustainable food systems that improve health, strengthen food security and increase the control over Native agriculture and food systems. First Nations provides this assistance in the form of financial and technical support, including training materials, to projects that address agriculture and food sectors in Native communities.