Native Voices in Film - Inhabitants and Finding Nemo in Navajo Screenings

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1:45 to 7 p.m., Nov. 20, 2022

Celebrate Native American Month with Native Voices in Film on November 20th from 2pm-7pm. The Indigenous Resilience Center (IRes), University of Arizona Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) and Loft Cinema's Indigenous Film Committee, are sponsoring a day of free films, vendors, and community gathering. All are welcome at this free event!
Schedule of events for November 20th at The Loft Cinema:

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Vendors include:

HONOR Collective

Flowing Waters Soaps

Spirit of Cukson

Sacred Fire Creations

Body y Sol

True Descendants (Lucky)

Arte de Adrianna

Valdeena Lethe

Vivian Enos

Sawai Sewa Designs

Indivisible Tohono

Indigenous Intellectual Warriors


Heather Smith

Tohono Gourds & Willow

This event is free and open to the general public.

The Inhabitants film screening is part of The Loft's series Science on Screen and will include a Q&A with Dr. Johnson who is featured in the film.

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About the Film

INHABITANTS: INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES ON RESTORING OUR WORLD follows five Native American communities as they restore their traditional land management practices in the face of a changing climate. For millennia Native Americans successfully stewarded and shaped their landscapes, but centuries of colonization have disrupted their ability to maintain these processes. From deserts, coastlines, forests, mountains, and prairies, Native communities across the US are restoring their ancient relationships with the land. 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 Hawaii; and returning prescribed fire to the landscape by the Karuk Tribe of California. As the climate crisis escalates, these time-tested practices of North America's original inhabitants are becoming increasingly essential in a rapidly changing world.

The Q&A after the movie is an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and discuss the themes of the film with Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson.

About Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson

Assistant Specialist at the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Associate Faculty, Indigenous Resilience Center

Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson is a member of the Hopi Tribe in Northern Arizona. Dr. Johnson holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Arizona, a Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University, and a B.S. in Agriculture from Cornell University. Dr. Johnson is a faculty member and Assistance Specialist within the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. His primary work is with the Indigenous Resiliency Center. Michael is also a co-author on the Indigenous Chapter in the National Climate Assessment Five. His newest initiative is the call for the Restoration of the American Indian Food System based on the stewardship principles of Indigenous conservation. Most importantly, he continues to practice Hopi dry farming, a practice of his people for millennia.