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Celebrating Indigenous food sovereignty: An inventory of initiatives within the western U.S.

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posted on 09.12.2021, 15:22 by Ashley B BabcockAshley B Babcock

Despite centuries of colonialism, Indigenous peoples are revitalizing and reclaiming control over their traditional foodways through movements for Indigenous food sovereignty. Scholars have noted that these efforts incorporate established values (relationality, responsibility, reciprocity, and respect), processes (self-determination, decolonization, and education), and goals (environmental and human wellbeing). Through a lens of appreciative inquiry, this research inventories Indigenous food sovereignty initiatives in the western U.S. and explores key features and common themes in these initiatives. A systematic search of scholarly and popular sources yielded 123 initiatives in the region. Thematic analysis identified three main kinds of initiatives: (1) Concrete strategies, including growing and food production, harvesting and food acquisition, food preparation, and distribution and exchange; (2) Cultural revitalization via community development, youth education, other forms of education, and restoration of cultural identity practices; and (3) Indigenous food sovereignty foundations, including advocacy, policy, and environmental stewardship; economic sustainability; and partnerships with non-Indigenous people. Initiatives are interconnected, incorporate education and demonstrate adaptability. By inventorying how diverse Indigenous Nations, communities, and individuals are revitalizing their foodways in the western U.S., this research aims to help illuminate, promote, and support Indigenous food sovereignty efforts.

Funding

Social Justice Research Center, Haub School

History

Advisor

Budowle, Rachael E.

Committee members

Welsh, Kate M.; Porter, Christine M.

Country

USA

Degree

Master's

Graduation date

10/12/2021

ISO

eng

Language

English

Department

  • Education - EDUC
  • Environment and Natural Resources - ENR