Beaver Taught Salmon to Jump
The Vision of this film is to support an eco-cultural revolution underway in California and beyond -- a native seed sprouting from localized, community-led, wholistic wild-tending.
Indigenous ecological perspectives of land stewardship are coming into greater collective awareness and appreciation,
bringing a deeper medicine of relationship needed in this time.
This feature film and its accompanying vignettes will open a door to the natural world for young people to engage their curiosity with practical understanding. It shows the power of people connected to place when we show up with our hands and open minds to learn from the life around us.
This is a re-education movement local to your watershed with wisdom and medicine from & for your biome,
your community, your life.
Beaver Taught Salmon to Jump will bring you into the wild world of beaver-based restoration to meet people as eccentric, inspiring, & genius as the ecosystems they live to protect.
The folklore and traditional ecological practices of Native American cultures hold within them timeless teachings from the natural world... perspective of an order of life & spirit in relationship with dynamic balance. It is through the hands and voices of people in this film that we are taken into a vision where past meets future with the guidance of these ways.
We follow inspiring native practitioners, scientists, restorationists, policy-writers, and passionate “beaver believers” through the Western states as we travel from wilderness to the urban riparia to the science lab.
Like the weavings of a watershed, this web of voices finds confluence in challenging the state's antiquated system.
This unified voice of trailblazers, are not so different from you or I. They remind us by their dedication and reverence to Nature that the answers are living all around us...
The Film Project
This is a feature-length documentary with several accompanying vignettes that dive deeper into focused environmental & cultural topics with interviewees.