I love your blog :) Hope you don't mind me asking but what are your thoughts on veganism?
I don’t really have much of an opinion on veganism. If that’s how someone chooses to live, that’s fine. As long as they’re not acting all judgey & “holier than thou” when I’m eating my In N Out burger, I don’t care lol.
That being said, I was a vegan for about five years when I was younger, in my early twenties.. Not because I was against eating animals, but just because I thought that was how to “be healthy” at the time. And because I was reading all these books at the time that just made it seem like, “veganism is the answer to all the worlds problems”.
But that was years ago, before I started really researching ancestral foods for my tribes. Being vegan did not work for me, personally. It did not make me feel my healthiest or like my best self. I was really skinny and almost malnourished looking when I was vegan. Even though I was working out at the time too, it was hard for me to really gain any muscle, etc etc. Plus, the more I researched vegan food products and saw all the fillers and crap they put in them, I just got really turned off.
I have friends that are vegans, and I do know like two Natives that are vegans, but most of my vegan friends are Non-Native. (Mainly, white people.) And that’s not me saying, “NO NATIVES ARE VEGAN.” I just personally don’t know that many Natives that are.. just two.
Now though, I do stick to a traditional decolonized food diet, which is mostly plant based. So I am still eating a lot of fruits and vegetables mainly still, but not solely fruits and veggies. When I do eat meat and animal products, it’s mostly eggs, bison, turkey, fish, venison, and occasionally elk when I can find it.
I don’t eat dairy products (like milk or cheese) or anything that’s really overly processed. So no wheat products etc. I don’t eat pork. And I don’t really eat beef except for once in a blue moon when I go to In N Out burger, like I joked about above. But honestly, I probably only go to In N Out about once a year, because I’m just not that big on beef or fast food.
I think ultimately people just have to do what ever works best for them and their genetics. Natives today have diabetes and weight issues and cancers and all these issues that we never had before colonization, because we’ve grown accustomed to these commodity foods and these colonized settler-foods that are not good for our bodies genetics. So more and more tribes are realizing the value of establishing community gardens and are trying to find ways to get back to our ancestral diets. But it’s also hard to get back to those old ways when there is push back from organizations of Vegans or Animal Lovers or laws that prohibit Natives from Hunting or Fishing in areas where it used to be natural for us to do so.
And don’t get it twisted, Natives Love Animals. I love animals. We have nothing but the up-most respect for them. When we hunt them, we use EVERY PIECE of that animal. Nothing goes to waste. We don’t mount their heads on walls and stuff them. We never hunt for more than we actually need. I know many Natives that, when they hunt animals, they still do it in the old traditional ways, where they pray for that animal and thank it for providing food to our people. And its all part of a really beautiful, loving, prayerful, meaningful ceremony. And not everyone will understand it. And that’s okay, Non-Natives were never meant to understand it because it isn’t part of their culture, it’s part of ours.
But I think people should eat in a way that makes their bodies healthy and not judge anyone else who is eating differently because our genetic-makeup is different depending on where in the world our people originated.