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Technology and tradition- Siddi Tribe members from Gujrat, India

Siddi tribe in Gujrat is referred to as the “lost tribe of Africa” . The members of this community are the descendants of the African slaves who were bought to India as far back as the 10th century. They were bought by Arab merchants who traded with India when there was a flourishing slave market in Gujrat. The Siddis numbering less than 15,000 now live in small pockets along the coastal states of Gujarat and also in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa. Most of them live in abject poverty now. However they have maintained a great tradition of music and dance.

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Food sovereignty: Valerie Segrest at TEDxRainier

The Indian tribes around the Puget Sound have practiced sustainable balance with its foods for thousands of years, but now the prairie lands and mountain berry meadows are disappearing and salmons runs are dwindling. Valerie Segrest, a member of Muckleshoot tribe and native foods educator tells us to listen to the salmon and cedar tree, who teach us a life of love, generosity and abundance, and to remember when we take better care of our land, we are taking better care of ourselves.

Valerie Segrest is a native nutrition educator who specializes in local and traditional foods. As an enrolled member of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, she serves her community as the coordinator of the Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project and also works for the Northwest Indian College’s Traditional Plants Program as a nutrition educator. In 2010, she co-authored the book “Feeding the People, Feeding the Spirit: Revitalizing Northwest Coastal Indian Food Culture”. Valerie received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University in 2009 and a Masters Degree in Environment and Community from Antioch University. She is a fellow for the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy. Valerie inspires and enlighten others about the importance of a nutrient-dense diet through a simple, common sense approach to eating.

This talk was given November 9, 2013 in Seattle at TEDxRainier, a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.

THAILAND, PHANG NGA : A foreign tourist visits the Ban Nam Khem tsunami memorial park wall on the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami in Phang-nga province on December 26, 2014. Prayer recitals and solemn visits to mass graves marked the start of mourning on December 26 across tsunami-hit nations for the 220,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago. AFP PHOTO / Pornchai KITTIWONGSAKUL

THAILAND, PHANG NGA : Thai children hold roses before releasing them into the sea near the Ban Nam Khem tsunami memorial park as the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami is remembered in Phang-nga province on December 26, 2014. Prayer recitals and solemn visits to mass graves marked the start of mourning on December 26 across tsunami-hit nations for the 220,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago. AFP PHOTO / Pornchai KITTIWONGSAKUL