Wow, your support made for an awesome free Community Dinner, with 100 Natives joining us at the American Indian Community House. We also hosted four popup dinners featuring twelve indigenous chefs representing tribes from Alberta, Canada to Oaxaca, Mexico!
More popups are in the works for 2018. We ask for your continuing support as we use food as a catalyst for tough, important conversations around food sovereignty, indigenous issues, and social justice.
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Your donation will directly support emerging, talented indigenous chefs from the four corners of Turtle Island for a week of Thanksgiving indigenous cuisine events. The chefs will (1) host a series of pop up dinners in NYC, (2) participate in educational workshops in collaboration with local universities, and (3) hold a free community gathering for the Native NYC community.
Thank you for supporting this unique, first of its kind project. Did you know that NYC, an internationally recognized recognized culinary scene, has NO indigenous cuisine? Together, we can change this!
Thanksgiving is arguably the most recognizable holiday in the United States, yet the common stereotypes and historical narrative are often unchallenged. The I-Collective stands for four principles: indigenous, inspired, innovative, and independent. An autonomous group of indigenous chefs, activists, herbalists, seed, and knowledge keepers, the I-Collective strives to open a dialogue and create a new narrative that highlights not only historical indigenous contributions, but also promotes our community’s resiliency and innovations in gastronomy, agriculture, the arts, and society at large.
The I-Collective is honored to feature several events during the week. Your support will fly in chefs from across the nation to create dishes highlighting precolonial traditions. The I-Collective will also host a community panel discussion on food sovereignty and economic justice.
Across Turtle Island (North, Central, and South America), Thanksgiving is not a singular event but rather a regular gathering of appreciation for changing seasons that presents the opportunity to renew our sacred connections to the land and each other. In recognition of this tradition, the I-Collective will empower the next generation of indigenous chefs, reclaim ownership of our ingredients, and share a menu of indigenous dishes that reflect our rich histories and tell a story about our communities.
Indigenous food sovereignty is critical because many health issues are tied to colonialism and the exploitation of resources and people. Food is the most intimate connection to ourselves, our ancestors, or communities, but most importantly, to our future generations. Our vision is to increase visibility; own our foods and culture; and promote indigenous ingredients and histories in our modern world. We will strengthen intertribal relationships with food, agriculture, and technology as key components in the movement to revise Thanksgiving in the American imagination and present a more truthful history.
Our work is guided by indigenous values that prioritize balance and reciprocity for all living things. Thank you for your support to execute this innovative work. Together, let’s celebrate a new Thanksgiving with an indigenous framework: collective promotion of a healthy food system that values people, traditional knowledge, and the planet over profit.
Karlos Baca (Tewa/Diné/Nuche)
Liz Charlebois (Abenaki)
Neftali Duran (Mixteco)
Hillel Echo-Hawk (Pawnee/Athabaskan)
Josh Nez (Navajo)
Frank Peralto (Navajo)
Brit Reed (Choctaw)
David Rico (Choctaw)
Rachel Sayet (Mohegan)
Erica Scott (Lenape)
Brian Yazzie (Navajo)
- Natalie Evans
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