Lydia Jennings is a member of the Huichol (Wixaritari) and Pascua Yaqui (Yoeme) Nations and holds a doctorate in soil microbiology. Her work is dedicated to environmental science and the essential role of Indigenous communities in these spaces. Her hope is to create more inclusive academic and environmental landscapes.
In place of her graduation, which was canceled as a result of the pandemic, Lydia instead celebrated by running 50 miles in honor of the Indigenous scientists and knowledge keepers who came before her. It’s a run to honor the past and present while looking towards the future.
A film by Devin Whetstone + Jordan Marie Daniel
Editor: Jack Schlinkert, Dana Shaw
Story Editor: Lydia Jennings Executive
Producer: Alex Lowther, Monika McClure, Bianca Botta
Camera: Chess Pettengill, Kayla Windsor, Branden Paris
Sound: Nolan Vene
Photographer: Tomás Karmelo Amaya
Sound Design & Mix: Jonathan Buice
Colorist: Ayumi Ashley
Special thanks to Rising Hearts for making this film possible. https://www.risinghearts.org