5 rectangular images, each one a person from one of the peoples talked about below
Menominee - Tree Cutting / Hopi - Michael / Blackfeet - Irvin / Karuk -Salmon Smoking / Hawaii - Taro Processing

‘Inhabitants’ Wants You to Think Differently About Land Management

The documentary 'Inhabitants' makes a powerful case for turning to Indigenous perspectives of land management

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 U.S. are restoring their ancient relationships with the land. The five stories in Inhabitants 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.



You can find out more and screen the film here.

A Hpoi house near a mesa
Hopi – House

A corn field at sunset. The corn stalks are spread out and well-tended
Hopi – Corn at sunset

A table with several ears of corn. Each ear of corn is a differ size and color
Hopi – Corn Variations

A dark image of an illuminated Hopi house under a sky full of bright stars
Hopi – House at Night

A metal sign that says "BLACKFEET" and has a buffalo
Blackfeet – Sign

A meadow full of buffalo
Blackfeet – Buffalo

A crowd of Blackfeet dancers and audience members
Blackfeet – Dance Contest

Two Blackfeet dancers in traditional dress
Blackfeet – Dancers

Planks of wood spell out 'LAND OF THE MENOMINEE' on a river bank
Menominee – River Sign

A pile of cut logs. One of the logs has blue writing on the bottom
Menominee – Logs from Forest Management

A reflective pond in the middle of a forest
Menominee – Forest Pond

A sawmill
Menominee – Sawmill

Two people sit on a rocky beach at sunrise
Hawaii – Teaching at Sunrise

A orange bulb that resembles a pinecone sits amongst green leaves
Hawaii – Ginger Flower

Several towering green plants
Hawaii – Garden Polyculture

A man, Kalani Souza, sits on a woven chair
Hawaii – Kalani Souza

A peeling seal of the Karuk Tribe
Karuk – Tribal Seal

A Karuk woman with silver bracelets and arm tattoos weaving a basket
Karuk – Basket Weaving

A close-up of a Karuk tribe member wearing a woven hat
Karuk – Traditional Woven Hat

A painted sign that reads "GOOD FIRE AHEAD"
Karuk – Controlled Fire Sign

Check out a preview for another Passion River film, The Ground Beneath Us, here.

Stream Inhabitants on Apple TV or on Amazon Prime Video.

Since 1998, Passion River Films has been devoted to acquiring, distributing, and representing unique independent films and documentaries. They are a film distributor specializing in documentaries & indie films that engage with audiences and impact communities.


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Co-Director/Cinematographer Costa Boutsikaris shot, directed, and edited his first feature Documentary in 2013 entitled ‘Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective’. This film explored ecological design solutions across the Northeast U.S. It premiered in 2015 and has screened in over 30 countries and 25 film festivals winning multiple awards, including the Audience Choice Award at the Yale Environmental Film Festival and the Princeton Environmental Film Festival, and Best in Theme at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival.

Producer/Co-Director Anna Palmer researches the effects of climate change on tribal areas in the American southwest. She has developed strong working relationships with tribal members and research partners affiliated with the Native Waters on Arid Lands (NWAL) project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.