Session Four - virtual National Adaptation Forum Tribal & Indigenous Climate Adaptation Series

Webinar Date: 
December 01, 2021

Session Description:

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.


During this session, panelists will engage in a discussion about the documentary’s creation and the stories told in the documentary. Clips of the documentary will be shown throughout the session and attendees will have the opportunity to view the entire film with a private screening link on their own time.


Presenter Bios:

Anna Palmer

Anna Palmer has been researching climate change on tribal areas in the American Southwest for three years. She has developed strong working relationships with tribal members and research partners affiliated with the Native Waters on Arid Lands (NWAL) project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). 


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Costa Boutsikaris

Costa Boutsikaris is a filmmaker and farmer based out of the Hudson Valley of New York. He shot, directed, and edited his first feature Documentary in 2015 entitled INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective won the AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD at the Yale Environmental Film Festival and the Princeton Environmental Film Festival and the BEST IN THEME at the Wild and Science Film Festival


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Kalani Souza

Kalani is a Hawaiian practitioner and cross cultural facilitator working to build community resilience to climate change with a specific focus on food sovereignty. He is the Executive Director of the Olohana Foundation a 501c3 that serves native and underserved peoples in Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, Alaska, U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. Pacific Islands, Micronesia, and Mauritius.


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Jeff Grignon

Jeff Grignon is a Menominee tribal member and worked as a Forest Regeneration Forester for Menominee Nation for over 20 years. His work focuses on cultural resource protection, and over the past 50 years he has identified and mapped over 700 archaeological sites on the reservation to protect them from harvest operations on the forest. His current project is to put together a GPS map of archaeological sites along an ancient tribal trail system to use as an educational tool for the public.


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Learn more about the entire Tribal & Indigenous Climate Adaptation Series.