We are Béésh ast’ogii be Iiná (Arrowhead Lifeway). We consist of young leaders in Shiprock and surrounding communities. We came together to provide a rapid response request through the Arrowhead Lifeway. We created this gofundme to gain funding to support and serve families in need, including elders, disabled, immunocompromised, and those directly impacted by COVID-19. We are currently providing food boxes in Shiprock, NM and surrounding communities. Due to the second wave of COVID-19 in the Navajo Nation, we want to support families who are in need of support. With your kind donation will support the families in need.
We also support local farmers in the community by providing labor, land development planning, and ancestral knowledge. Currently, we are assisting four farmers in the Shiprock area. Arrowhead Lifeway (AL) solution is to revitalize ancestral foodways by implementing cultural farming techniques among the AL farming land. We aim to teach the community of Shiprock to reclaim and reconnect with Indigenous foods and rebuild a sustainable food system for the Navajo Nation. With the reconnection of Indigenous food, will provide an understanding of rebuilding a relationship with the land, water, plants, and animals that sustain as well. AL seeks to advance food sovereignty in the community to design and sustain food systems that will prioritize the people’s physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual for future generations.
Through AL efforts, we will bring together community members and stakeholders to advocate and support Indigenous food systems. Working with tribal communities requires an understanding of root social and environmental determinants of health and historical trauma that plays a role in adverse health outcomes. With that, we are poised to conduct culturally appropriate methodologies in the community, build awareness and develop strategies that will leverage equitable and sustainable food systems in the community. Incorporating modern and traditional farming techniques and technology will drive the sustainable development of agriculture by the use of modern farming technology of tractors, seed planters, farm tools, tractor tools, and using water piping. Traditional farming techniques will be incorporating ancestral knowledge that was passed down from our Diné elders. Overall, we want to continue to support our relatives by providing assistance to those who are most at risk and need support during this difficult time.
With your generous donation, will support our mission, vision, and families affected by COVID-19.
As Arrowhead Lifeway, we protect Indigenous families, defend Mother Earth, and promote cultural resilience with ancestral knowledge.
Make every day a beautiful day by sovereign living and saving the rainbow.
Diné Introspective promotes mental, physical, spiritual wellbeing, and environmental issues surrounding our local communities to increase intellectual health awareness between self-reliance and living a healthy lifestyle (Yå’åtéehgo jiinå).
Arrowhead Lifeway email: [email redacted]