Private Project

Seed Mother: Coming Home

“Seed Mother: Coming Home” is a poetic embodiment of the Indigenous Seed Rematration movement. Across Turtle Island, seed keepers carry the message of the grand rematriation of seeds and foods back into their communities. We enter the dreams of this movement, starting at the beginning: an animated vision of the Mohawk cosmogenealogy, in which life-sustaining foods and medicines sprout from the body of Sky Woman’s daughter, which is Mother Earth. Recently rematriated seeds spin—huge—in primordial spirit space, dancing to seed songs. Seed keepers cradle and mother their long-missing seeds, placing them lovingly back into Earth as well as in the fertile ground of public consciousness. Seeds present their full beauty for us to fall in love, and so protect them. We are all called to return to relationship with our seeds, and to join this vital Indigenous- and women-led movement.

  • Rowen White
    Seed: The Untold Story - Featured interviewee; Open Sesame - The Story of Seeds - Featured Interviewee
  • Mateo Hinojosa
    Spectacular Movements - Director
  • Rowen White
    Key Cast
  • John Jairo Valencia
    Animation Artist
  • Pura Fé
    Rumble - The Indians Who Rocked the World, Smoke Signals
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Indigenous, Creative Documentary, Poetic Documentary
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 21, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    12,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4k
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Distribution Information
  • The Cultural Conservancy
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Rowen White, Mateo Hinojosa

Rowen White is a Seed Keeper and farmer from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for Indigenous seed and food sovereignty. She is the director and founder of Sierra Seeds, an innovative organic seed stewardship organization focusing on local seed and education, based in Nevada City CA. Rowen is the National Project Coordinator and advisor for the Indigenous Seed Keeper Network, which is an initiative of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, a non-profit organization aimed at leveraging resources to support tribal food sovereignty projects. The mission of the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network is to nourish and assist the growing Seed Sovereignty Movement across Turtle Island. Rowen's passion is in teaching and mentoring, and has developed many curricula which focus on holistic, Indigenous permaculture based approach to seed stewardship which honors the many layers of seed culture; from practical hands-on skills, cultural context and memory with guiding principles that are rooted in an Indigenous ecology of relations. She teaches and facilitates creative seed stewardship immersions around the country within tribal and small farming communities. She weaves stories of seeds, food, culture and sacred Earth stewardship on her blog, Seed Songs.

Mateo Hinojosa is a mestizo Quechua Bolivian-American storyteller based in California. Specializing in channeling collective voices and visions into creative expression, he has facilitated collaborative audiovisual productions and cross-cultural storytelling workshops with Native American youth, Argentine transgender prisoners, and climate justice activists. His feature documentary, Spectacular Movements, was co-created with young Aymara actors reviving the spirits of the recent Bolivian revolution with theater and street interventions. As Media Director at The Cultural Conservancy since 2013, he has produced numerous documentaries, community education experiences, and the Native Seed Pod podcast. He is also director of a production company, Woven Path.

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