ndn food

half Ndn Pharah headcanons bc we are lacking in those:

  • occasionally says “Not even” and “ever sick” bc her dad says it a lot
  • she’s got a lil bit of a bannock bum let’s be real
  • has semi-serious arguments with Jesse about Canadian vs American frybread and Bannock and which tastes better
  • likes gettin her hair braided, of course. She does it herself, and she can do french braids pretty good too
  • she’s that type of person who feeds the rez dogs out of sympathy
  • she’s that person who has a hoarded collection of beaded earrings that she bought from one of her plains native friends
  • Also has a ton of Haida Jewellery
  • has convinced Mercy her Indian name is “Dances with Salmon”. Mercy 100% believes her. 
  • She and Jesse were bffs as ndn kids. They messed around with Morrison a lot. He does not know who “Victor” is, but he’s mentioned a lot by them, and it’s something of a meme/inside joke to them now. They jokingly call each other “cousin” 

anonymous asked:

Migration across land bridge: 15,000 years ago. Evidence of Druid traditions have been discovered which date back 25,000 years. Sorry, try again. You are a joke. Don't like cultural appropriation? Please stop using technology, medicine and engineering - ALL created by blue eyed devils. Muah ha ha ha ha ha

Uh-huh. 25,000 years? Do you have a source for that, that isn’t people claiming cave people were druids? A good, academic source? I’ll wait. Because according to all my research, the earliest possible reference to the druids is around 2,300 years ago, and the earliest for sure is around 50 BCE.

Regardless, smudging isn’t even 15,000 years old, nor did I claim it was. You may be conflating “smoke cleansing” with “smudging.” Smudging is smoke cleansing, but not all smoke cleansing is smudging. I don’t doubt the druids did smoke cleansing–I’m pretty sure they did!–but given that sage is not native to northern Europe I reaaally doubt they were doing a sage ritual like smudging.

I know the smoke cleansing I learned when studying druidry was nothing like smudging.

As for technology, that’s not how cultural appropriation works. Go look it up.

You’re an obvious troll. But I’ll bite, because you’re amusing me and because my followers might like to know some of this.

A lot of stuff was invented by people who aren’t European.

Like algebra, which can be traced to Babylon but in its more modern form was invented by a Persian.

China came up with papermaking, the compass, gunpowder.

Native Americans had rich agricultural traditions long before Europeans came, and in fact we taught the Europeans a lot. In fact, most of the food you probably eat was first cultivated here in the Americas. Corn, turkey, beans, squash, tomatos, chocolate, etc. etc. etc. The list is literally too long for me to bother with right now.

The Founding Fathers looked to the Iroquois Confederacy–my ancestors–for their ideas of how to make democracy work.

There’s a thing. You like not living under a tyrannical king? Thank an Iroquois.

Oh, medicine? We came up with lots of medicine. Like, oh, aspirin. Forceps. Syringes.

Down in Central and South America there were huge earthworks, dams, canals.

Let’s see, what else… oh! My people, the Mohawk, are famous steelworkers. Most of the skyscrapers in New York wouldn’t be there because white guys were too afraid to get up that high and build them.

Here’s a few of links for my followers:





This list literally took me five minutes to compile.

Again, none of this amounts to cultural appropriation. But if you like not being in pain, eating, living in buildings… maybe thank a Native.

Damn, trolls just aren’t what they used to be. You don’t even do good research. You literally go “mua ha ha ha ha.” I mean, yikes. Get a life. Go check out http://tumblr.evilsupply.co/. I’m sure they’ll have some tips.

(Oh, and I have blue eyes. Also, on the Druid thing? I’m part Irish. Try again.)


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.

wakeupstarshine  asked:

Hey! I've been seeing a lot of posts recently about how vegans are ableist, racist, and classist because indigenous communities need to eat animals in order to stay alive due to their land being taken from them and living in food deserts. And also people who need to animals because of health reasons. I was wondering if you know of any resources that address these issues or provide information about ingenious communities that have plant based diets? Thanks!

“Indigenous communities” is not synonymous with communities that still have a hunter/gatherer-like lifestyle. While there are humans who still hunt for their food living today, it’s just downright ignorant for anyone to imagine indigenous peoples as living a survivalist lifestyle, especially when the term encompasses so many (too many) different cultures to identify them as a homogeneous entity. 

So, for example, people living on reserves still buy their groceries same way you do for the most part (and that land is rarely arable farm land). Saying “indigenous communities need to eat animals” doesn’t address 1. many indigenous people alive today, 2. Native and aboriginal vegans and animal-free aspects of their heritage, or 3. how their existence affects your own and what kind of changes you can make in your own life to support animal rights.

This excerpt from Margaret Robinson may prove useful to you:

When veganism is constructed as white, First Nations people who choose a meatless diet are portrayed as sacrificing cultural authenticity. This presents a challenge for those of us who see our vegan diets as ethically, spiritually and culturally compatible with our indigenous traditions.

A second barrier to Native veganism is its association with class privilege. Opponents claim that a vegan diet is an indulgence since the poor must eat whatever is available, and cannot afford to be so picky. By a similar logic the poor cannot afford to abstain from caviar or truffles.

Class-based arguments assume that highly processed specialty foods or imported fruit and vegetables make up the bulk of a vegan diet. It also overlooks the cost of meat, and assumes that the subsidized meat and dairy industries in North America are representative of the world.

In fact, many of the poorest areas of the globe have a diet that is primarily vegetable-based due precisely to the low cost of vegetable production. […] The current eating model of the majority of the Mi’kmaq (First Nations people of New England and Canada) is already white, and is complicated by poverty.

As a participant in Bonita Lawrence’s study of mixed-blood urban Native identity explained, “People have been habituated to think that poverty is Native—and so your macaroni soup and your poor diet is Native.”

As for Food Deserts, click here. As for Health Reasons, click here and here (includes links from disabled vegans). If you’re having trouble finding where to start reading about the intersectionality of race and animal rights, look up Dr. A. Breeze Harper (founder of the Sistah Vegan Project). If anyone who follows me wants to add more resources, feel free to reblog and share!


In-depth reports and analysis from our extensive network of correspondents throughout the region on the most important developments in Latin America. After traveling throughout Mexico for 11 days, a caravan of Yaqui indigenous leaders, labor unions, environmental rights activists,  and farm workers marched in Mexico City against neoliberal policies that have forced them off their lands, privatized their natural resources and left them exploited in the workplace. They are also demanding freedom for Yaqui political prisoners Mario Luna and Fernando Jimenez, imprisoned for the last eight months. Since 2010, the Yaqui tribe which has defended their territory and way of life for more than 2,000 years in the northern state of Sonora, has been threatened by a state-sponsored aqueduct that illegally pumps 16 million cubic liters of water a year from the Yaqui river to private developers and industry. During the caravan, they met people in different parts of the country who are facing similar problems. The Yaquis propose that people in all parts of the country implement injunctions against the new federal water privatization bill that allows for full or partial concessions to private companies to operate, preserve, maintain, rehabilitate, modernize or expand water infrastructure built by the federal government.


Minobimaatisiiwin - the good life | Winona LaDuke | TEDxSitka

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Winona LaDuke draws on her experience as a leading Native-American activist in her talk about indigenous economic thinking for the 7th generation.

Winona LaDuke is an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg who lives and works on the White Earth Reservations, and is the mother of three children. She is also the Executive Director of Honor the Earth, where she works on a national level to advocate, raise public support, and create funding for frontline native environmental groups.

A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. Author of now six books, including The Militarization of Indian Country (2011), Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming (2005), the non-fiction book All our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life (1999, South End Press), and a novel – Last Standing Woman (1997, Voyager Press). She is a former board member of Greenpeace USA and serves, as co-chair of the Indigenous Women’s Network, a North American and Pacific indigenous women’s organization. In 1994, Winona was nominated by Time magazine as one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age, and in 1998, Ms. Magazine named her Woman of the Year for her work with Honor the Earth.


I graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Development, watched my favorite student graduate 5th grade, held it down for my family the first year with my dad being dead, lost my best kitty friend, and managed to stay a hella pretty taxaay (girl). It was a moriivko’ (sad) year but here I am~

Lets see I tag my wife @minniescarlet and my fave coworker bff @yrfavexgirlfriend

Dang I wish I had a recipe for grape dumplings, the only time I got it was when I would go to church with my grandma but she doesn’t know how to make them :( maybe there’ll be some tomorrow lmao. But anyone in the ndn tag got a recipe they’re willing to share?


Regaining Food Sovereignty: Neyaab Nimamoomin Mewinzha Gaa-inajigeyang

Written & Directed by Simone Senogles & Scott C. Knudson

Regaining Food Sovereignty explores the state of food systems in some Northern Minnesota Native communities; examining the relationship between history, health, tradition, culture and food. By reclaiming and revitalizing knowledge and practices around tradition, local and healthy foods, many communities and Tribal Nations are working toward a new model of community health and well-being for this and future generations. A co-production of Lakeland Public Television & The Indigenous Environmental Network.