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:
- 2:00-3:40pm - Free Finding Nemo in Navajo screening. The film will have English subtitles.
- 3:50 - 5:00pm - Community event in front of The Loft (Music, Vendors, Food)
- 4:00 - Gertie and the T.O. Boyz Play
- 5:00pm - Free Inhabitants: Indigenous Perspectives On Restoring Our World screening (Q&A with Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson afterwards)
Flowing Waters Soaps
Spirit of Cukson
Sacred Fire Creations
Body y Sol
True Descendants (Lucky)
Arte de Adrianna
Sawai Sewa Designs
Indigenous Intellectual Warriors
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.
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.