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People::Harvesters (More coming soon! this is an outline)

Indigenous Roots

Four thousand+ years of place-based living;

Honoring indigenous native cultures: intimate knowledge of place, plants, seasonal migration, water;

Pre-contact/colonization, foodways inlcuding foraging, agriculture, hunting, trading, ethnobotany, archaeology, living cultures;

Social and economic justice: decolonization of food, land, resources, authentic relationships, reciprocity, not appropriation;


Harvesting Life: Sonoran Desert Foods

Historically gathered, grown, hunted, traded (bean tree seeds and pods, cactus, berries and seeds, greens and herbs);

Spanish Jesuit missionary introduced foods (wheat, pomegranate, quince, grape, lima, fig, olive, cattle);

relocation, loss of native foodways, and introduction of govt foods;

Aridlands-adapted foods brought to the desert from immigrants from Africa, China, other places;

Contemporary influences, interest and uses;  fusion recipes;

EMC2 and call for recipes for reprint;

Education and inspiration;

Best Harvesting Practices, harvesting ethics and etiquette; stories/art/photos


Sonoran Desert Living

Surviving and thriving in drylands: Native food forests, rainwater harvesting, solar energy, regenerative design, permaculture principles, for multiple benefits including shade/cooling, native wildlife habitat, utilitarian uses, forage for pollinators, carbon sequestration, O2/CO2 exchange, beautification, soil-building, enhanced quality of life; 20-21st century progress;

Tucson Meet Yourself and other ethnic/food festivals, SW Folklife Alliance, Iskashiita, etc., sharing ethnic and culinary diversity of present-day Tucson;

Programs inspiring and uplifting native voices, economies, social justice


LINKS

TOCA, TOCC, Chukson Water Protectors, SXCF, T-O Nation, Yaqui Nation, Apache Nation, AZ State Museum, desert dweller tip mini-brochures, others


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