The way of life that centers mutual exchange and sharing amongst all beings, past, present and future, seen and unseen, and the Earth.
Facing a climate crisis, the Reciprocity Project embraces Indigenous value systems that have bolstered communities since the beginning of time. To heal, we must recognize that we are in relationship with Earth, a place that was in balance since time immemorial.
This short film series and multimedia platform invites learning from time-honored and current Indigenous ways of being.
In many Indigenous languages, there is no word for reciprocity; rather, it's embedded in every aspect of existence, connecting all beings, seen and unseen. With this in mind, we aim to Indigenize the current conversation about the climate crisis—a man-made catastrophe often described as 'unprecedented'. Through stories that explore the value of reciprocity, made by and about communities that have survived and thrived through other man-made catastrophes, we seek hope for humanity.
“The Reciprocity Project is a beautiful example of culture’s power to remind us all that we are part of nature and that the survival of the Earth cannot be separated from the health of society."
-Yo-Yo Ma, World Renowned Cellist
The Reciprocity Project is a US-based production that works alongside Indigenous storytellers and communities worldwide. Our team is made up of people with diverse Indigenous and non-Indigenous identities and life experiences. We view this diversity as a source of strength as we strive to inspire global audiences.
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.
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