FORAGING – Coming House By means of Conventional Meals

FORAGING – Coming Home Through Traditional Foods – Today’s mass-produced food landscape often has a detrimental effect on efforts for food sovereignty.

Indigenous ancestral teachings are anchored in creation stories and include natural sciences, mathematics, history, and sociology. They shaped the food systems of every community for thousands of years before colonization.

“Our food speaks its own language,” said Kirsten-Kirby Shoote of the Tlingit tribe in what is now Alaska. Shoote has spent her life bringing indigenous food back to their communities by saving seeds.

She works for I-Kollektiv; A non-profit organization of indigenous cooks, farmers, activists, seed and knowledge guardians and describes itself as a “food activist, seed saver, cook and city builder”.

She grew up in Chinook, what is now Oregon, and moved to Waawiiyatanong, Detroit in 2015 to explore urban indigenous food sovereignty. Her Leilu ‘Gardens project focuses on “cultivating relationships with plants to heal generational wounds by revitalizing urban gardening and saving seeds. She hosts pop-up dinners for the community to explore dishes together.


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