Lessons from First Nations people with Sanjay Rawal

In Episode #177 I sit down with filmmaker Sanjay Rawal to talk about his film Gather which documents the growing movement among Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty.

Sanjay Rawal Plant Proof Gather Native Americans

We cover:


– The story behind Sanjay’s documentary ‘Gather’

– What has led Sanjay to where he is today

– The evolution of the food system and how it has affected indigenous communities

– The exploitation of the natural environment in the United States by European settlers in the 1850s

– The difference between Bison and Buffalo

– Regenerative agriculture

– Decentralising food production- Separating food systems from capitalism

– Walmart and other major companies profiting off cheap labour and exploiting the environment

– Paying attention to the food we eat and its environmental impact

– Buying food locally and the importance of what you eat

– The risk of losing Native American wisdom

– The current state of Native Americans

– The descendants of settlers and their relationship with Native Americans today

– The lack of awareness of Native American history

– Reparations and giving land back

– What was shocking to Sanjay about his film ‘Gather’

– How we can support Native Americans


Resources:

Gather the film

Sanjay Rawal on Instagram

Donate to support First Nations people via the non for profit First Nations Development Institute

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