National Adaptation Forum Tribal & Indigenous Climate Adaptation Series - Session 4

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Note: This is PART FOUR of a FOUR PART series. To watch the other sessions visit:

Featured Panelists:

  • Anna Palmer, Filmmaker, Kalliopeia Foundation
  • Costa Boutsikaris, Filmmaker, Kalliopeia Foundation
  • Kalani Souza, Educator & Film Subject, Oholana Foundation
  • Jeff Grignon, Forester & Film Subject, Menominee Tribal Enterprises

Session Moderator: Cynthia Naha, New Mexico Tribal Liaison & Science Communications Specialist, South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

Description: EcoAdapt is excited to present the fourth and final session of the virtual National Adaptation Forum Tribal & Indigenous Climate Adaptation Series. This session will feature a panel discussion with the filmmakers and subjects of the documentary Inhabitants: An Indigenous Perspective. Clips of the documentary will be shown throughout the session and a discussion about the creation of the documentary and the stories told within the film will follow. Registrants will be sent an advanced screening link ahead of the session which will allow them to watch the entire documentary. 

About the Film: Inhabitants: An Indigenous Perspective is a 76 min feature documentary that follows five Native American communities as they restore their traditional land management practices in the face of a changing climate. Through conversations with Tribal project leaders and supporting foundations, the filmmakers developed a plan for creating a film to help document five Tribal land management projects. The five stories include sustaining traditions of Hopi dryland farming in Arizona; restoring buffalo to the Blackfeet reservation in Montana; maintaining sustainable forestry on the Menominee reservation in Wisconsin; reviving native food forests in Hawai'i; and returning prescribed fire to the landscape by the Karuk Tribe of California. Although these five tribal stories are not connected geographically, they share a common vision of restoring their cultural traditions to ensure a more resilient future in the face of a changing climate.

This film was made collaboratively with a Tribal Advisory Board, which includes representatives from each of the Tribes highlighted in the film and the Kalliopeia Foundation. These partnerships allowed the filmmakers to ensure that the film is accurate, culturally appropriate, and meets the needs of the communities represented.