Trees, Water & People to Premiere the Film Homelands with a Celebration of Native American Resilience

Homelands is a captivating short documentary that follows a crew of Lakota tree planters in South Dakota fighting to preserve their livelihoods and cultural traditions amidst centuries of colonization and the ongoing climate crisis. Hotter temperatures, persistent droughts, and loss of diversity are threatening traditional practices and ancestral lifeways of the 574 federally recognized Indian Nations in the United States. Today, Indian land comprises more than 50 million acres, or 2% of the United States – the majority of it in arid regions of the country, making Tribal Nations among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change in North America. TWP works with Tribal Governments, Civil Society Organizations, and Indigenous leaders to ensure Native voices are represented in conservation decisions that affect their territories. To highlight this work, TWP trusted filmmaker Jose Chalit to capture the short film Homelands, a story of Indigenous resilience and land stewardship.

WHAT: The first showing of Homelands in honor of Native American Heritage Month. Food inspired by Indigenous ingredients provided by DGT. Musical guest: Mahpiya Luta drum group from Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation (sponsored by Bohemian Foundation). Free admission.

WHO: James Calabaza, Indigenous Lands Program Director, Trees, Water & People; Jose Chalit, Film Director, Homelands and representatives from Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 15 from 6pm – 8pm, members of the community and the media are invited to attend the official premiere of Homelands. Film starts at 7pm followed by a Q&A.

WHERE: The Lyric Cinema, 1209 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524.

Event url: https://treeswaterpeople.org/homelands