Monday, April 19, 2010

"Ecological Food Justice and Indigenous Plant-Based Foodways" by CS (Piece Shared at National Association of Chicana/o Studies Conference)

"...The research I am presenting began as a prayer for the healing of all my relations: land, animal, seeds, waters and bodies. As an academic I have been trained to report back findings using a linear non-relational method, which is viewed as the proper way of presenting research which happens to be “inextricably linked to European imperialism and colonial[ity].”[i] Therefore, as a Xicana Indigena accountable to all my relations, I will be presenting today through an indigenous research paradigm, which places indigena beliefs and principles or epistemology in the frontline. Therefore, my presentation is that of an urban Indigena storyteller, semi-prosed, passing down palabritas through our oral and cultural ways of planting semillas...