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Reclaiming Native Health & Heritage
A note from the director:
Refugees in their own land, Native Americans were herded onto reservations and fed sugar, fat, and bleached flour. Today, Indigenous adults are twice as likely as non-Hispanics to struggle with diabetes along with the associated maladies of heart disease and stroke.  American Indian youth are four times as likely to suffer from diabetes.  Often unaware of alternatives, many face challenging and shortened lives.  Can this cycle be broken?
Native women across the continent are fighting to restore physical and spiritual health to their communities by reclaiming their dietary heritage.  The documentary film,  TURN , tells their story featuring Roxanne Swentzell, from Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico.  Her example of growing and eating the same food her ancestors thrived on before Europeans invaded has been stunningly effective.  We have documented parallel efforts to reclaim traditional ways in communities from Alaska to New York.

TURN aims to turn the tide of this tragic diabetes epidemic in Native American communities and inspire all through the work of these remarkable women.

You can be instrumental in helping us reach our goal of releasing TURN in the fall of 2016. Your tax-deductible contributions support editing and distribution of this film to museums, universities and schools, community centers, and organizations across the United States. We thank you in advance for your interest in this film and for helping us support Native communities across the United States in their quest for health and well-being.   

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Roxanne Swentzell 
Roxanne Swentzell , Santa Clara Pueblo, NM encourages her community to eat a pre-contact diet consisting of the foods her people ate prior to the Spanish coming.  An adventurer - she is about to enjoy a recently caught and cooked grasshopper!

Desiree Jackson
Desiree Bergeron Jackson, Tlingit,  with her baby taking a break from picking berries.  A dietician, Desiree is committed to feeding traditional foods to infants as part of her efforts to get Alaskan Natives to eat locally grown foods.
Robert White Mountain
Robert White Mountain, Lakota , responded to the influence of the mythological White Buffalo Calf Woman by planting an orchard in the shape of a medicine wheel. He took us to a buffalo ranch when we were in the Dakotas this past summer.
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