Film Screening

Inhabitants: Indigenous Perspectives on Restoring Our World

In celebration of Earth Day and Earth Week, join us for a screening of the film Inhabitants.We are offering the option to screen the film virtually or to join us in person at our watch party featuring Indigenous foods and refreshments at the Mitchell Museum. 

Inhabitants: Indigenous Perspectives on Restoring Our World

For millennia Native Americans successfully stewarded and shaped their landscapes, but centuries of colonization have disrupted their ability to maintain their traditional land management practices. 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.

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Ticket Information

We are offering two ways to join us for this film screening.

Virtual

You can view the film at your leisure anytime between April 22-29th, 2022. Be sure to join us on Sunday, April 24th at 7:00pm for a panel discussion with filmmakers Costa Boutsikaris and Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson.

*All links will be emailed before April 22nd.

In-Person Watch Party

A limited number of tickets will be available for this screening on April 24 at 5:00 p.m., followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers Costa Boutsikaris and Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson. The watch party will feature Indigenous foods and refreshments at the Mitchell Museum.

Directors Statement

We, Anna Palmer and Costa Boutsikaris, have had the immense privilege of getting the opportunity to help Native project leaders share their stories and visions of the future. In 2017 Anna Palmer was working for the USDA helping develop climate adaptation plans for Tribes in the Southwest. While attending academic conferences on Climate Change Adaptation she continued to hear a constant request for higher quality media of Native land management projects. Through conversations with Tribal project leaders and our supporting foundations we developed a plan for creating a film to help document these projects. This film was made collaboratively with our Tribal Advisory Board, which includes representatives from each of the Tribes highlighted in the film and the Kalliopeia Foundation. These partnerships allowed the film subjects to ensure that the film is accurate, culturally appropriate and meets the needs of their communities.

Costa Boutsikaris – Co-Director/Cinematographer/Editor
Costa is a New York-based director and cinematographer. In 2015 he released his first feature documentary entitled INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective. In 2016 it took home the Audience Choice Award at The Environmental Film Festival At Yale and the Princeton Environmental Film Festival and won Best In Theme at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.
Anna Palmer – Co-Director/Producer
Anna Palmer is a climate scientist working on adaptation plans through her research partners affiliated with the Native Waters on Arid Lands (NWAL) project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has been an environmental educator focusing on media surrounding the impact of climate change on tribal lands.