The feature-length documentary “Gather,” celebrating Indigenous food systems and the efforts underway nationwide to reclaim and rebuild them, will be shown at Hope College on Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre.

The public is invited and admission is free, although advance registration is required at

As described on the film’s website, “’Gather’ is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide. ‘Gather’ follows Nephi Craig, a chef from the White Mountain Apache Nation (Arizona), opening an indigenous café as a nutritional recovery clinic; Elsie Dubray, a young scientist from the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation (South Dakota), conducting landmark studies on bison; and the Ancestral Guard, a group of environmental activists from the Yurok Nation (Northern California), trying to save the Klamath river.”

The film is the result of a three-year collaboration between First Nations Development Institute and award-winning director Sanjay Rawal. It features many of First Nations’ community partners through its Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative, as well as others who are advancing Native foods as a way of asserting tribal sovereignty, reclaiming control of their food systems, and helping restore the health and well-being of Native communities.

The presentation is sponsored by the college’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Office of Sustainability.  The event is in conjunction with this year’s NEA Big Read Lakeshore, which is running Monday, Oct. 25, through Saturday, Nov. 20, and featuring the book “An American Sunrise: Poems,” by Joy Harjo.  More information about the NEA Big Read Lakeshore is available at

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The Knickerbocker Theatre is located in downtown Holland at 86 E. 8th St., between College and Columbia avenues. Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, Hope is currently requiring that masks be worn by all individuals while indoors on campus unless in their living space or alone in their work space.