The IMAGO Initiative: Reimagining conservation through an Indigenous lens | Film screening & discussion


In the summer of 2021, a group of Indigenous and conservation leaders traveled to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to connect with each other and the land, and to engage in place-based dialogues using traditional methods including talking circles, ceremonies and the stories of Elders who spoke of the history, importance and future of the refuge. Their goal was to promote healing and reimagine management of this landscape in ways that will incorporate traditional knowledge, as well as the traditions and ways of life of Indigenous peoples.

The IMAGO Initiative is a transformative process with the potential to reshape how our nation’s public lands – the historic homelands of Indigenous peoples – are managed. 

On October 7, 2022, TWS hosted a virtual screening of the film and Q&A as we reimagine conservation through an Indigenous lens. 


Kaushik Amruthur: Owner, Photographer & Cinematographer Kaushik Studios/Third Eye Media

Dr. Natalie Dawson: Former Vice President and Executive Director Audubon Alaska

Meda DeWitt: Sr. Specialist/IMAGO Initiative Coordinator, HAA JOONÍ & The Wilderness Society

Karlin “Nageak” Itchoak: Senior Regional Director, Alaska Region,The Wilderness Society

Dr. Sarah James: Gwich’in Leader, Arctic Village, Alaska

Doreen Nutaaq Simmonds: Inupiat Environmental Leader, Utqiaġvik/Barrow, Alaska

Robert Thompson, aka “Captain Bolo”: Owner-Guide, Kaktovik Arctic Adventures, Kaktovik, Alaska