Native American Food Sovereignty; The Spirit of Soul Food

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Fri, 11/11/2022 - 11:00am to 12:00pm


1st half: Elena Terry is the Executive Chef/Founder of Wild Bearies, a non-profit community outreach catering organization that supports participants to overcome alcohol and other drug abuse issues or emotional traumas. One of her goals has been to develop mentorship programs that help build stronger communities within the Indigenous Food Sovereignty movement. Developing the Native American Food Sovereignty Associations Food and Culinary mentorship program in 2020, Elena emphasizes the healing nature of working with traditional indigenous ingredients while building community. Tune in to learn more about:

Wild Bearies and their mission to heal through real food and bringing communities together

The power of how ancestral knowledge of food and animals is being passed from one generation to the next

The cooperation with the Indigenous Seed Savers Network as well as Dream of Wild Health in continuing the stewardship of ancestral seeds

The story of the bean seed that came back to the tribe

The memories of her great-grandmother cooking over on open fire and the stories that were shared;

What decolonized food is

Elena's philosophy that while food is medicine, the real medicine is in the creation and the relationships we build around food. 




2nd half: Theresa Marquez, host of Heartland Stories Radio, speaks with Dr. Christopher Carter. In his new book, The Spirit of Soul Food: Race, Faith, and Food Justice, Dr. Carter explores the role of soul food in reclaiming culinary history from African heritage. He points out how colonialist history has directed the development of U.S. food policy, and how decolonizing our diet can play a critical role in preserving Black history, community, and culinary genius.





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