2017 FFS: Food and Traditional Knowledge
Anti-Oppression Workshop: Indigenous Self-Determination and Holistic Reclamation of Traditional Food Practices
From our seeds to our return to the earth, how have settler-colonialism and capitalism impacted diet, health, and agricultural relationships in communities dispossessed of their homelands and freedom? This conversation will touch on the roots of health disparities affecting indigenous communities that have informed the dangerous patenting of indigenous peoples’ genetic material, as well as that of our traditional plants.
Speaking Up: Our Stories, Our Communities, Our Radical Solutions
Mia Ramirez, The Colorado Trust and Michelle Larkins, PPCC
We know that storytelling and narratives are an important way that communities and cultures pass tradition, knowledges, and make meaning out of current events. However, dominant narratives can also be used to silence, cover-up, or only tell a partial ‘truth’. We want to give conference participants the time and space to share out both the oppressive, and transformative aspects of stories. We will end with ideas and a practical tool-kit you can take back to your organizations/communities for how to use storytelling projects as radical praxis.
Traditional Storytelling Circle: The Indigenous Perspective on food and our stories
Doug Goodfeather, Lakota Way Healing Center
Food is a part of ceremony. We feed in a spiritual and loving way, bringing the purpose of our life’s work into perspective. Hear from Doug Goodfeather, member of the Lakota Nation of Standing Rock and current resident of Northglenn, CO., as he shares the importance of food as a healer, warrior, and Native American leader.
Refugees from Burma tell their stories of farming in Colorado
Food Stories Across Borders
Seh Meh and Nu Meh, Project Worthmore
Project Worthmore is a nonprofit organization in Aurora, Colorado dedicated to restoring worth to the 30,000 refugees living the Denver area. DeLaney Community Farm is a collaborative partnership between Denver Urban Gardens and Project Worthmore. The five-acre urban farm in Aurora provides refugees to access to farming, healthy food and community. Seh Meh and Nu Meh will share their stories and experiences on the farm.
Food Knowledge Between Generations
Neambe Leadon, Doris Jeffries, Libya and Selasia Leadon, Harriet and Sadie Boonen, Brittni Hernandez, Laura Archibeque
What do we learn from each other about food? In this session we will explore a variance of ways that different communities pass knowledge to each other through food. We will hear from grandparents and grandchildren about what they teach each other, in order to explore cultural and generational knowledge passing.
Countering Food Injustice
Full Circle Food Team, Colorado Springs Food Rescue, Mia Ramirez, Michelle Larkins
Counter stories are our dreams, visions, and strategies for empowered communities. These are more than resistance narratives, a counter story is a way forward to food justice, and food sovereignty. In this session, three young leaders from CSFR will share the counter stories of their own lives, working as a part of the Full Circle Food Team. Then participants will have the chance to engage in their own counter stories, building upon the morning’s work.