Film Collections

Communities are offered the opportunity to preserve and, if desired, to share their heritage by playing a central role in story selection, directing, and production. IRP will offer participating communities a selection of five essential volumes which they may contribute to.

Creation Stories, Parables, and Mythology

Indigenous lore’s oldest traditions. These stories provide invaluable insight into the earliest beliefs passed down by humans around the world. Furthermore, creation myths often serve to illuminate concrete data about the lifestyles and environments of indigenous communities’ earliest members.

Parables and Mythology allow potentially limitless creative expression when portrayed in film. A collection of creatively produced mythologies and parables from indigenous communities around the world can serve as a uniquely effective educational tool for youth culture and diversity education.

Fundamentals of Daily Life

Documenting the daily life of indigenous communities is a foundation of anthropological work. As IRP seeks to assemble an archive preserving indigenous cultures and communities, daily life must be present for holistic and accurate documentation 

Ultimately, preserving indigenous communities means serving their current, living members. Sharing in and observing peoples’ commonplace activities and chores encourages relatability, understanding, and compassion.

Major Skills/Practices

Indigenous communities' lifestyles require skills and practices in conjunction with natural resources to survive in symbiosis with their environment. Many of these skills and practices are overlooked or even little known of by others outside of these inventive cultures. Bringing light to age-old skills perfected over generations can not only archive the beauty of indigenous knowledge but also potentially inspire today’s thinkers to revisit design and logistical techniques from our ancestors.


This volume allows for a community to select and produce any story/film concept that describes who they are as individuals and as a community. Such flexibility seeks to empower communities’ own voices. Furthermore, this volume inherently provides insight into how indigenous communities define themselves:

Environmental and Political Changes

Many indigenous communities are stateless and therefore have little to no influence over how their land is managed. Additionally, the lifestyles of indigenous people often depend heavily on their land. Climate change forces indigenous groups to attempt adapting their lifestyles to new challenges.