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Indigenous Seed Keeper

The Habitats Trust | Dusty Foot Production

2023   |   4mins 15secs

To preserve these seeds is to preserve the traditions of the Lepcha community.” In Sikkim’s Gnon-Sangdong village, Chewang Lepcha has been preserving indigenous seeds since 2001. Why did he start this journey – and where has it taken him now? Find out in this film.


This film is a part of ‘Stories from the Ground: Northeast’, a new film series by The Habitats Trust and Dusty Foot Productions. The series travels through the north-eastern states collecting 50 shorts shot by local filmmakers to bring stories rooted in the culture, traditions, and biodiversity of the region.