Located near the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is a fifty-two thousand acres reserve with about 12,000 acres of open range land. Within this tract of land live close to 300 wild horses. The community has enacted a wild horse preservation program that provides food for the herd and works to place the horses on farms and with other tribes. Art goes out on the range with the natural resources staff to find out how the tribe looks after this herd of feral horses.
For thousands of years, the rain forests of Belize have been a source of food, medicine and ceremonial plants for indigenous people. Art travels to Tanah, a small village in the Maya mountains, to find out how the local people continue to live a sustainable way of life, rooted in the land, traditions and history of their Mayan ancestors. The Garcia Sisters are a Mayan family that operates a recreation and education resort that offers accommodation, traditional meals, an art gallery and guided walks along the Maya Medicine Trail.
Faith Gimmel is the director of REDOIL, an organization that works with native Alaskans whose traditional way of life is being threatened by the oil industry. In Copenhagen, she spoke out about the impact that fossil fuel is having on communities in the north.