GATHER Documentary: Reclaiming Indigenous Culture Through Food Traditions

American Indian Affairs Plans Oct. 22 Virtual Showing

GATHER, a moving documentary on efforts to reclaim indigenous traditions, will be shown free as part of a Thursday, Oct. 22, virtual film showing offered by the Office of American Indian Affairs.

Megan Heutmaker, director of American Indian Affairs at Minnesota State Mankato, said the showing will be a Facebook Event on Oct. 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Link for the Facebook Event is https://www.facebook.com/events/3209941812387850

To reserve a ticket to the virtual showing event go to: https://story-spaces.com/events/virtual-indigenous-film-showing-gather-7przix

For more information, contact Megan Heutmaker.

‘The film wonderfully weaves personal stories with archival footage that contextualizes the continued violence against Native Americans.’

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A New York Times Critic’s Pick, GATHER is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to overcome food insecurity while reclaiming their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food traditions.

The NYT review said healing the generational trauma from centuries of genocide can start with one individual.

“The film wonderfully weaves personal stories with archival footage that contextualizes the continued violence against Native Americans,” the Times review stated.

The documentary shares stories from tribes in South Dakota, Arizona and California seeking to reclaim or preserve cultural traditions amidst a continuing struggle to retain their own land and maintain their rights to cultivate their own food.Storylines include a restaurant offering traditional indigenous dishes; benefits of a buffalo-based diet, preserving salmon fishing traditions, and re-introducing ancient medicinal and food practices to tribal youth.

Actor Jason Momoa, who produced the film, shared on social media the timely importance of bringing this film to completion.

“We stand on the frontlines of climate resistance and land rights to act as stewards of Mother Earth as we always have,” said Momoa, a native Hawaiian of Polynesian descent. “And we fight for the rights of all Native peoples to cultivate their foods. As it stands now, one of the characters from Gather is facing arraignment for exercising his treaty-based rights to gather food on his people‚Äôs original territory. He is facing prison and fines. But the more we raise awareness of these wrongs and the more we support Native peoples, the sooner injustices like this will become a thing of the past.

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