Thursday, March 17, 2011

Earth-Centered Foodway Systems of Gastronomy: Statement of Purpose for Doctoral Studies at the University of Washington

(I decided to share this letter to all you, my relatives, not only to provide a model of a critical statement of purpose but to share with you the strength and determination of this young Xicana who wrote this letter by surrendering to all of her relations which guided her thoughts, prayers and fingers : ) ---University of Washington, Seattle is the next stepping stone, I was accepted.)

To enhance cultural, ecological and healthy sustainability amongst immigrant first, second and third generation indigenous Latino communities residing in the United States, the revitalization of a Mesoamerican cuisine counter to global imperialist food ecologies and paradigms is a vital element in securing the continual existence and preservation of a pre-colonial food culture, knowledge based and natural system of living. Presently, in Michoacán, a southern region in Mexico, a “below the grassroots”[1] indigenous foodways movement, lead by Purepecha women in partnership with the Conservatory of Mexican Gastronomic Culture has become safeguarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an intangible cultural heritage. Aside from its authenticity this project or Michoacán Paradigm is an ecological food preservation and sustainability model for communities in search of an alternative method of safeguarding one’s ancient cultural existence.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Palabra on Indigenous Veganism

What is the difference between Indigenous Veganism and Veganism?
Primeramente, it is not the same. Indigenous Veganism is centered on the clear understanding that as Indigenous People it is OUR RESPONSIBILITY to nurture and protect the land and our ecological relations. Supporting Confined Animal Feeding Industrial Operations along with their by products DO NOT fulfill this responsibility. Yes, as indigenas our diets seasonally and ceremonially did include animal flesh such as those from non-animal farming industries as the venado, codorniz, rabbit, iguana, guajalote, fish and in the north buffalo; however these relatives were not exploited or oppressed but were honored and eaten with respect and NOT on a daily basis three times a day! This is a colonizers way of eating which takes from mother earth as it does by mass-producing toxic flesh grown in animal and fish farms by the millions and producing illusionary food products that are deemed necessary for our survival.