Decolonization refers back to the technique of undoing colonialism and its results. Within the U.S., folks from Europe colonized land that had already been inhabited by indigenous peoples and compelled them to assimilate into American tradition.
“Once I hear the phrase decolonize, I take into consideration what makes colonizing profitable, which is the erasure and invisibility of a sure those who existed in historical past and play a very important position however are sometimes missed,” Valerie Segrest, a member of the Muckleshoot tribe and a local meals nutritionist, tells KIRO Radio. “So selling the visibility of [native] traditions and tradition and historical past is the work of decolonizing.”
A decolonized meal will look totally different for everybody, says Nephi Craig, a chef and member of the White Mountain Apache, in an interview with Vice final 12 months. Studying what meals are native to the area you are particularly residing in is the perfect place to start out. You can even prioritize sourcing your Thanksgiving desk regionally, shopping for from Indigenous food businesses and native farmers as a lot as attainable.
One dish Craig really helpful making to honor Indigenous folks is the “three sisters,” which is equal components corn, beans, and rice. “That is the gateway dish to decolonizing your weight loss program, and it’ll add the historical past of Native Individuals to any Thanksgiving unfold,” he stated.
Or be part of a reclamation feast cooking demo: Chef Crystal Wahpepah, ethnobotanist Linda Black Elk, and Sovereign EarthWorks founders David Rico and Reignbeaux Cuahuitl are internet hosting a celebration of Native meals and meals justice in partnership with the Museum of Meals and Drink on November 23, 2020.