10 Ways to Honor Indigenous Wisdom from Farmer's Footprint

Here is a great resource on indigenous foodways put together especially for the Thanksgiving holiday.

This is part of countering the dominant narrative about Thanksgiving by focusing on indigenous foods and culture. 

I much admire Farmer's Footprint. Farmer's Footprint is a project of Dr. Zach Bush and his wife Jenn, Perell Bush. Dr. Zach Bush is one of my favorite speakers at this time in the field of health and the microbiome.  You can check him out on YouTube.

They have a 20:18 minute video about Farmer's Footprint which is free to watch here:


Michael Pilarski

10 Ways to Honor Indigenous Wisdom
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, here are 10 ways you can honor and immerse yourself in Indigenous wisdom:
#1: Find out what Native land you are living on
Type in your location to see who were the original inhabitants and stewards of the land. Find out here.
#2: Incorporate Indigenous visibility and truth into the holiday season
Linda Black Elk shares how... “My answer is, of course, food. Make sure you are celebrating Indigenous Foods AS INDIGENOUS FOODS and make sure that you and your family understand the truth...the truth of the origins of their food. Make sure they know that Indigenous peoples are still fighting to protect the lands and waters these foods grow on and in...as they have been doing since colonists set foot on this sacred land.” 
- Linda Black Elk.

Click here to read a message from 10+ Indigenous leaders.

#3: Learn respectful terminology
A message from SunRose IronShell
Mitakuyepi!! Hello my relatives, my fellow Earthlings. 

My name is SunRose IronShell and my Lakota name is Tate Topa Najin Wiyan, Stands Four Directions Woman.

I am new to the Farmers footprint family and will be sharing the ways of the earth as it was taught to me by my people. I am Sicangu and Oglala which are subbands of the Lakota, the Titowan Band (Prairie Dwellers) of the Oceti Sakowyn/Seven Council Fires, otherwise known as the Sioux Nation of Indians. We also call ourselves the buffalo people due to our symbiotic relationship with them providing us sustenance.  

To celebrate Native American Heritage month, I want to share with you some of the terms you can use to identify my people and explain some of my experiences with them. 

Today’s preferred term to identify my people is Indigenous. Merriam Webster defines the word as: produced, growing, living, or occurring natively or naturally in a particular region or environment. To us, the term is a way to clarify all the teachings that tie us to the earth and how we are all connected to the soil. 

Our tribal nation clans will always come first in our communities. It is always most respectful to ask an individual how they Identify. Not all tribal individuals will identify as Native American, American Indian or Indigenous but our collective knowledge and shared history will always keep us connected to mother earth. And with that we circle back to the beginning of this post as I leave you with love and remind you we are all of this earth and we will always greet you as a relative and fellow Earthling.

#4: Learn about Indigenous culture
This beautiful video, made and produced by American Indian and Alaskan Native Peoples, exemplifies the quality and diversity of American Indian and Alaskan Native food products and traditions. Get to know the tremendous work and vision behind Native Indian Food Producers.
#5: Support and purchase from local Indigenous businesses and farmers
To find American Indian and Alaskan Native producers in your area visit American Indian Foods Directory here
#6: Use food as a means to educate
10 Native American Recipes by Sean Sherman
What if you brought to the table a traditional Indigenous meal without any colonized ingredients? Explore here to see Sean Sherman’s 10 tribally diverse recipes from wild plants and animals native to North America.
#7: Register for the Resiliency Through Agriculture Virtual Conference 2020
(Dec 7-10 & It’s Free!)
To dive deep into the topic of  "Resiliency Through Agriculture", register for the upcoming Intertribal Agriculture Council's Annual Virtual Conference December 7-10, 2020 to hear from the leading voices in tribal agriculture. Register here.
#8: Donate directly to Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance
Learn more to support Native communities’ food sovereignty and food security efforts and projects.
#9: Expand your mind & your library
#10: Watch these incredible Indigenous stories
Extra Credit: Follow these Indigenous thought leaders and groups on social media
- Farmer's Footprint Team
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