Refugees in their own land, Native Americans were herded onto reservations and deprived of their traditional foods. Instead they ate rationed bleached flour, unhealthy fats, and sugar with few alternative and healthy options for cooking. Today, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, Native American and Alaskan Natives adults are twice as likely as non-Hispanics to struggle with diabetes and with the associated maladies of heart disease and stroke. Health experts along with research attribute the higher disease rates in Indigenous communities to cultural disruption, poor education, poverty, inadequate access to health services, and economic adversity.
Through personal, character-based storytelling,
offers examples of alternative pathways to health and wellness for American Indians. Featuring Native American women from New Mexico, South Dakota, Alaska, Washington, New York and Wisconsin, the film highlights efforts to return to ancestral practices for healthier eating and living.