While the film director and producers were researching for GATHER, they discovered so many stories that they knew could not fit into the film. In the fall of 2017, a group of exceptional Native freelance writers and photographers was assembled. Led by Editor Kim Baca, a former Associated Press reporter, the GATHER journalism project team began actively pitching articles to relevant print and online publications, including Civil Eats, High Country News, Indian Country Today, San Francisco Chronicle and Slow Food USA. Topics have touched on farm bill policy, efforts to preserve food traditions, and reclaiming Western holidays like Thanksgiving. Other stories include the use of digital media to promote traditional food practices, the Native American Beef program produced by Navajo and Zuni Pueblo ranchers, and ancient fish ponds Native Hawaiians used to manage and sustainably harvest various varieties of fish.
In addition to the journalism project, the GATHER journalism team hosted two Native youth photo storytelling workshops in the Yurok and Hoopa Nations in Northern California and on the White Mountain Apache Nation in Arizona using cameras that were donated from photographers across the nation. Photographers and a videographer freelancing and creating content for National Geographic, Surfer Magazine, and the Sundance Film Festival worked with students one-on-one sharing techniques and career advice. The youth groups kept the cameras to continue to sharpen their storytelling skills.
To view the year-long journalism project, the student photo projects and accompanying photo essays by Native photographers, click here.