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May 2021 Panel
North American Food:
A discussion of Indigenous Foodways, Food Sovereignty & Food Justice
- Albert Gonzalez, Department of Anthropology, Geography & Environmental Studies, Cal State East Bay
- Enrique Salmon, Department of Ethnic Studies, Cal State East Bay, and author of Iwígara: American Indian Ethnobotanical Traditions and Science
- Lisa Hillman (Karuk Tribe) is the Program Manager for the Karuk Tribe's Píkyav Field Institute, a center dedicated to nurturing external partnerships in environmental education, facilitating the co-management of ancestral Karuk lands, and addressing poverty among enrolled tribal members. Hillman has also co-authored several peer-reviewed publications on indigenous food security and sovereignty.
- Karen Tommie Two Shoes, RD/LDN (Seminole Tribe of Florida) is the Nutrition Coordinator at the Seminole Tribe of Florida's Office of Health and Human Services and author of a recurring health advice column of the Seminole Tribune known as "Karen's Corner."
- Devon Mihesuah, PhD (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) is the Cora Lee Beers Price Teaching Professor in International Cultural Understanding at the University of Kansas and author of Recovering Our Ancestors’ Gardens: Indigenous Recipes and Guide to Diet and Fitness.
- Luz Calvo is a CSU-East Bay colleague, a Professor of Ethnic Studies here, and the author of Decolonize Your Diet: Plant-Based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing
Fresh and nutritious food is as essential as water to human life and health. Indigenous peoples across the Americas, however, have been denied the right to control the sources of their own food as well as their own food consumption habits. Tribal members and people of indigenous heritage in North America are particularly hard hit, as they are often locked in geographic food deserts where gas stations and sub-standard grocery stores filter good nutrition in favor of more profitable processed foods.
This panel draws together academics and professionals from tribal nations and indigenous heritage communities across the country to discuss the revitalization of indigenous foodways, strategies for achieving food justice, and enabling and limiting factors in the fight for food sovereignty among indigenous populations in North America. Please join us in this discussion as to the revitalization of indigenous palates and the refreshing of native food sources from South Florida to Northern California. There will be plenty of time allotted for audience questions -- so please come prepared to join the discussion!
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
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