Feeding the People, Feeding the Spirit: Revitalizing Northwest Coastal Indian Food Culture

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Chatwin Books, Dec 31, 2010 - Indian cooking - 168 pages
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Feeding The People, Feeding the Spirit is an indigenous foods resource for Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest. Even though this book contains many voices, they speak as one when they say, "Our traditional foods matter." The book documents a 2008 community-based research project where Northwest Indian College Traditional Plants and Foods Program staff worked with archaeologists, tribal elders, cultural specialists, hunters, gatherers and cooks to determine what foods were eaten before European contact, barriers to accessing those foods today, and actions that native communities are taking to strengthen traditional food systems. It is divided into four chapters, including cultural stories of native foods, the impacts of colonization on food traditions, current efforts to revitalize native foods access, and how to identify, harvest and prepare many of those foods. Traditional foods principles and information on making healthy grocery store choices are included, along with a recipe section that features many delicious dishes including nettle pesto, native berry crisp, and roasted elk with wild blackberry sauce. This text includes culturally sensitive information; distribution is limited to native people and those who serve their health and communities.

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Elise Krohn is an educator, author, herbalist, and native foods specialist in the Pacific Northwest. She cultivates healing relationships between people, plants, place and cultural traditions. During 15 years teaching in tribal communities, she has worked with tribal elders and cultural specialists to create community gardens, food sovereignty resources, a program on healing addiction, and curricula on chronic disease prevention. Through leading 'train the trainers' workshops, Elise has multiplied the number of educators who are teaching about native foods and herbal medicines in tribal communities. She also has over 10 years of experience as a clinical herbalist, and has authored numerous articles on this and related topics.

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. 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 past Food and Community Fellow for the Institute of Agriculture and Food Trade Policy. Valerie inspires and enlightens others about the importance of a nutrient-dense diet through a simple, common sense approach to eating.

Roger Fernandes is a Native American artist, storyteller and educator whose work focuses on the traditional arts, legends and teachings of the Coast Salish tribes of the Puget Sound region of Western Washington. He is a member of the Lower Elwha S'Klallam Tribe and has a degree in Native American Studies from the Evergreen State College, and a Master's Degree in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University. He studied graphic design at the University of Washington and has focused on studying, creating and teaching Coast Salish art for the past 30 years.

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