Guest Author: Kaylena Bray, The Cultural Conservancy
Beyond simply being dietary staples, Native and Indigenous foods carry an extraordinary power to impact the cultural, spiritual, and physical health of entire communities.
Seneca scholar and activist John Mohawk spoke about a time when a group living in a place for a long period of time acquired knowledge about these foods and treated food like medicine. “We ask ourselves again, what is Indigenous wisdom and knowledge about food today?”
Youth Leading the Way on Native Food Justice
Native youth are at the forefront of revitalizing these ancient knowledge systems, and we invite you to join our panel in the Indigenous Forum at the 2015 Bioneers Conference as we explore the ways in which the Native foodways movement has grown among youth over the last decade and persists in present day Native communities.
By creating a new cultural framework for understanding foodways access and education, we will bring to the forefront issues of food sovereignty and justice, and explore creative ways that youth have begun to reconnect to traditional lifeways through soil, seeds, land, plants and Native foods.
The Cultural Conservancy has been growing this innovative Native Foodways program and this work will be featured with youth stories, models, and a short film screening with youth-driven dialogue.
Join Us Sunday, October 18th, 2015
Our “Urban Native Food Justice and Revitalization” panel on Sunday afternoon will provide unique perspectives on the Native foods justice movement through the eyes of our next generation of leaders.
For those of you who are not able to join us, please review The Cultural Conservancy’s new film, “Seeds of our Ancestors: Native Youth Awakening to Foodways."