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  • Video Resource: Food Sovereignty Stories
    What is food sovereignty and what does it look like in the United States? Food sovereignty can take on unique meanings in different communities, but it always puts questions of power, control, and social justice at the heart of food and farming. Food Sovereignty Stories is a series of videos from social movements in the United States working towards a more just and sustainable food system. These films explore issues of farm justice, migrant rights, feminism, radical urban agriculture, fighting the extractive economy, Indigenous cosmovision and farm justice, amongst others critical issues. Hear diverse perspectives on food sovereignty in this US Food Sovereignty Alliance video resource. http://usfoodsovereigntyalliance.org/food-sovereignty-stories-video/
  • Video: Tending the Wild: Living Desert
    The desert is a unique and highly fragile environment that is culturally valuable to Native communities. Despite appearing barren, the desert supports a wide swath of life: plants, animals, humans, and cultural practices. But the desert has also been seen as a location prime for urban development and large-scale extractive industries such as mining, wind, and solar energy development. In the past few years, these industries have expanded in the Mojave desert and had devastating impacts on the delicate environment and the Native cultures dependent on them. In this video, we explore how Native peoples continue to live in the desert and how they are confronting threats to their environment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOhdwKOO0Y0
  • Article and Video: The Importance of Food Sovereignty
    and food production are fundamentally important to Native communities’ health, well-being, economic resilience, cultural heritage and self-preservation. Restoring food sovereignty to Native communities requires the re-introduction of indigenous food production, distribution practices and infrastructure. Food sovereignty initiatives empower tribal members living on the reservations to grow their own healthy, fresh produce, ease low food insecurity and prevent heart disease and type II diabetes. Farm Together Now recently teamed up with the National Family Farm Coalition to make a video about Via Campesina's seven principles of food sovereignty. The video features members of the NFFC from across the country. https://www.diverseelders.org/2019/05/14/the-importance-of-food-sovereignty/
  • Article: Gardening Advice from Indigenous Food Growers
    Many Americans are now experiencing an erratic food supply for the first time. Among COVID-19’s disruptions are bare supermarket shelves and items available yesterday but nowhere to be found today. As you seek ways to replace them, you can look to Native gardens for ideas and inspiration. https://www.resilience.org/stories/2020-06-03/gardening-advice-from-indigenous-food-growers/
  • Article: The Solution to Food Insecurity is Food Sovereignty
     The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing many to recognize the importance and urgency of food sovereignty - the right of people to determine their own food and agricultural systems and their right to produce and consume healthy and culturally appropriate food. https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/solution-food-insecurity-food-sovereignty-200425143803134.html
  • Article: What Is Food Sovereignty?
    One in nine people worldwide are undernourished today. Farmers, fishers, farm workers, and others along the food chain are especially at risk for going hungry. At the same time, world agricultural systems are more productive than they’ve ever been, producing more than enough food to feed everyone. The problem isn’t lack of food, but who has the power and resources to access and control food. Food sovereignty holds that all people, from food producers and harvesters to consumers, have the right to reclaim their power in the food system, by rebuilding relationships between people and the land, and between those who produce food and those who eat it. https://nffc.net/what-we-do/food-sovereignty/
  • Resource: Stories and Legends- Indigenous Food Systems Network
    Resource: Stories and legends can emphasize the value of Indigenous food related knowledge as well as roles, responsibilities and relationships between one another and the land, plants, and animals that provide us with our food. Sharing stories and legends will inspire and enable individuals and organizations to reflect and shift practices, and promote community food related action. Stories and legends can be told using a variety of traditional and contemporary media including: oral tradition (audio), digital video, creative writing and poetry, drama, cinema etc. Find out more in this story resource by Indigenous Food Systems Network. https://www.indigenousfoodsystems.org/story-or-legend
  • Video Resource: From Garden Warriors to Good Seeds: Indigenizing the Local Food Movement
     Check out video interviews spanning across the indigenous food movement in this resource  from professor Elizabeth Hoover and documentary filmmaker Angelo Baca. The video library includes regional and local examples in New Mexico. https://gardenwarriorsgoodseeds.com/video-clips/
  • Video: Biocultural Crops and Traditional Farming
     New Mexico has a multi-cultural legacy of traditional food and agriculture. Native American and Hispano community leaders, academics, farmers, activists and government officials speak to this legacy and how it informs the dream of a healthy statewide food system. https://vimeo.com/10411432
  • Video: Food Security: What is the difference
    The politics and culture of food are often expressed in terms of food security and food sovereignty. These terms are often used interchangeably, even though they mean different things. Erika Allen of Chicago’s Grower Power explains that food security considers whether a person knows where their next meal is coming from, while food sovereignty defends a community’s right to decide how they are fed. https://www.pbs.org/video/lexicon-sustainability-food-security/
  • Video: North America's Original Cuisine - Foodways with Jessica Sanchez, Episode 8
    In a remote corner of Colorado known as Dunton Hot Springs, Executive Chef Karlos Baca is educating guests on the meaning of indigenous cuisine. Using the bounty of the land such as bison and foraged forest ingredients, chef Baca continues to carry on the traditions of his ancestors not only through his cooking, but by emulating the meaning of the phrase "sun dancer." Check out this Foodways video by Zagat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAvPUBS3EFg
  • Video: Tending the Wild- Gathering Medicine
     Indigenous peoples in California relied on traditional gathering to provide for all of their food and medicinal needs. California's landscapes produce hundreds of indigenous plant species that have been used thousands of years prior to European contact. And many of these plants and their preparations as medicine informed modern pharmacopeia, most notably aspirin, which is derived from the bark of the willow tree. Native herbalism continues to be relevant today. There is a resurgence of traditional medicinal practices in Native communities and a growing interest in this knowledge in popular culture. In this video, we explore how Native herbalism is practiced today and how a holistic approach to health and the environment can inform healthy living. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbbcok8Lzs0
  • Video: Voices and Visions of Indigenous Terra Madre
    Indigenous Terra Madre is the gathering of indigenous communities and supporters that form part of the Slow Food movement. In November of 2015, representatives of 148 tribes from 58 countries gathered in Shillong, Khasiland, Meghalaya, India, to share information, strategies and resources around indigenous food and biocultural diversity. This video shares some of their voices and visions. https://vimeo.com/channels/culturalconservancy/194108606
  • Video: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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGkWI7c74oo
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