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We are Here and Now

September 17, 2015

Today at our Fall Gathering we will premiere Here and Now — a short film that tells the story of four innovative partnerships between Native Americans and land conservation organizations. You will travel to mountain tops, valleys, and the coast to hear from local tribes, a working farm, a local land trust, an open space district, and a national land trust. You will see how access to almost 1,000 acres of land in the Bay Area changes lives today and creates a new future.

We are thrilled to share this with you:

Watch the film here

This provocative film weaves together social justice, land conservation, human history, and scientific knowledge into a cohesive and moving story about what’s possible by working together. For thousands of years the Native people stewarded the land such that European settlers described it as a ‘tended garden.’ Today Native Americans live in the Bay Area relearning and applying the ancestors’ knowledge about the plants, animals, and elements. In large part this is possible because of unique partnerships with land conservation organizations of various kinds.

The organizations featured in the Here and Now film are Amah Mutsun Land Trust, Kashia Band of the Pomo Indians, Pie Ranch, Sempervirens Fund, Midpeninsula Open Space District, and The Trust for Public Land. The film is made possible with support from The Christensen Fund, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, and The Trust for Public Land. It was created by Plus M Productions.

Join the conversation online with #wearehereandnow.