Dr. Nicholas J. Reo (Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians) Director, Editor, Producer: Nick Reo is an Associate Professor of Indigenous Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College where he directs the Homelands Collective and Studio. He is a lifelong surfer, skater, and snowboarder with 15+ years experience in Indigenous-centered and team-based research.
Dan “Roche” Lafranier- Director of Photography, Editor, Producer: Dan LaFranier is a Native American filmmaker from the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. He studied environmental science and film and media at Dartmouth College and is currently working on three documentaries about indigenous stewardship, cultural preservation, and social justice. He works as a professional videographer/editor, photographer and retoucher specializing in photo restoration. His goal is to use his skills in filmmaking to preserve and revitalize his culture. rochelafranier.com
Mark Wilson (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians) Audio Engineer, Producer: Mark has a Masters of Public Administration from CMU, Bachelor of Arts from GVSU, and an Audio Engineering degree from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences. He is an elected Tribal Councilor of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (GTB) and owner of New Leonard Media, LLC in Traverse City, MI. His background is in visual communications, audio production, and community advocacy. Mark’s credits include: contributing work on Into The Outdoors: “The Ottaway, A River Reborn” and The Grand Vision “Boardman River Dams”. Mark’s role on the Tribal Council has included: Chairman, Natural Resources and Environmental Committee; Board Member, GTB Economic Development Corporation; Board Member, Grand Traverse Economic Development; and Trustee, Great Lakes Fisheries Trust.
Josef Fairbanks (Ojibwe) Photographer, Editor: Joe Fairbanks is a filmmaker and freelance photographer based in Duluth, MN. In 2017 he earned his BA in Film & Media Studies from Dartmouth College. After graduation he worked as Dartmouth’s Sustainability Fellow and in 2018 he was named Dartmouth Film & Media Studies’ J. Blair Watson Award Winner. In 2019 the Center for Jackson Hole named Joe one of their seventeen Emerging Leaders in the fields of Conservation and Outdoor Recreation. His film Homecoming - A Boundary Waters Story (2019) is a finalist for Best Canoeing Film in the 2020 Paddling Film Festival World Tour.
Dr. Jordan Te Aramoana Waiti (Ngāti Pikiao, Te Rarawa, Ngaati Maahanga, Ngāti Haupoto) Producer, Advisor: Dr. Waiti is a lecturer within Te Hautaki Waiora Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance. Previously, he was a Māori Health Consultant based out of Whaingaroa/Raglan. In 2015 he completed a PhD at Massey University, which focussed on Māori notions of ‘Resilience’ and how they are utilised by whānau who had experienced adversity. With Honours and Masters degrees from Otago University, his research expertise has been broadly based in the area of Māori Health. For the past 10 years Waiti has been a volunteer facilitator for the Te Taitimu Youth Trust in Hawkes Bay.
Jason Whatuira- Advisor:
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Ko Whakapunake te maunga
Ko Wairoa te awa
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu te iwi
Ko Whatuira te whānau
Ko Jason-Niwa tōku ingoa
Jason is passionate about language revitalisation and the ocean. He uses ‘ancestral sciences, technologies and integrated biosystems management frameworks’ that restore the intrinsic spiritual, emotional, physical and social being of people using surfing as the medium. He is currently studying his Masters in Māori and Indigenous Leadership at Canterbury University. His project is developing indigenous youth leadership from the ocean to University. Jason is married with three young sons.