Losing Ground

The North Arctic landscape is changing rapidly--so too are the lives of Inupiat Natives living on the tiny, vanishing island of Kivalina, Alaska. Many believe global warming is to blame, but filmmakers show how one humble village fights to save their homeland under a cloud of doubt.

The new documentary Losing Ground by filmmaker Jenni Monet (Laguna Pueblo) tells the story of 420 Iñupiat Eskimos from the Alaskan village of Kivalina.  Located on an eight-mile-long island off the west coast of Alaska, the residents of Kivalina are some of the first to experience the devastating effects of climate change.  Relying on a subsistence based economy, harvesting fish and whales from the sea, the residents draw their livelihood from an ocean that is slowly eroding their island, their home and their way of life.

 
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A provocative film from the American Indian perspective that reframes today’s controversial energy debate while the fate of the environment hangs in the balance.

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Complement classroom discussion about America's energy future with this film, and help students comprehend the debate about the best use of natural resources.