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Uplifting and amplifying Indigenous Peoples through storytelling

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Storytelling builds community, creative partnerships, fellowships, grant making, media training, and communications with an emphasis on establishing reciprocal relationships with Indigenous Peoples and organizations.

Nia Tero’s Storytelling team has initiated several dynamic opportunities for accessible storytelling methods. Our evolving framework supports and amplifies Indigenous storytellers to fortify and complement global policy priorities and strategies in the Northern Amazonia, Pasifik, and Boreal regions; as well as the Reciprocity Project, Wayfinders Circle and an overarching network of global Indigenous creatives.

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Through storytelling, Nia Tero and our partners seek to amplify the power of Indigenous voices across multiple media platforms, both close to home and globally.

Creative Fellowships

As part of Nia Tero’s Storytelling initiatives, we offer a suite of Creative Fellowship opportunities for Indigenous makers across disciplines to further their practice, be in community, build skills, and network. This includes all forms of storytelling, inclusive of filmmaking, journalism, advanced media production, and art, all with the goal of uplifting and amplifying Indigenous creatives.

Creative storytelling fellows

Kin Theory

We’re building a database for Indigenous creatives.

Our goal is to foster community with other creatives while increasing visibility, hiring opportunities, and collaborations in global media industries. We prioritize Indigenous Peoples and actively seek to build coalition with other artists in the global majority, including Black, Latinx, Asian, and people of color, as well as people who are undocumented, femme, trans, and nonbinary people, LGBTQIA+ people, and people with disabilities.

We look forward to building a new way of working in a changing world while showcasing and creating community for Indigenous screen storytellers.

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Original Content and Co-Productions

In partnership with Indigenous Peoples, Nia Tero produces stories across mediums as a method of uplifting and amplifying Indigenous Peoples, cultures, and guardianship of biodiverse ecosystems.

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Reciprocity Project

Reciprocity Project seeks to embrace the value of reciprocity through Indigenous perspectives through storytelling, film, podcasts, and other creative mediums. In doing so, we aim to create a paradigm shift that reframes our relationships to the Earth, other living beings, and one another.

This short film series and multimedia platform, made in partnership with Indigenous storytellers and their communities worldwide, invites learning from time-honored and current Indigenous ways of being.

Seedcast Podcast

Seedcast is a narrative podcast, produced by Nia Tero, in which we dig up, nurture, and root stories of the Indigenous experience from around the world.

The goal of Seedcast is to support the rights and traditional ways of Indigenous Peoples and amplify their practices reciprocity. We share stories from around the world and honor guardians of the land who have lived in relationship with their traditional territories since time immemorial.

Seedcast can be found on Buzzsprout, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts, as well as right here on our website.

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Highlights from Storytelling initiatives

Learn about community driven creative practices that explore identity, place, wisdom, culture and knowledge. These diverse stories weave together global experiences of Indigenous storytellers from many regions.

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Coming Soon: Seedcast Season 2

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Nia Tero Storytelling: 2021 Year-In-Review

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New Film ᎤᏕᏲᏅ (What They’ve Been Taught) to Make World Premiere at 2022 Sundance Film Festival