Watch this video and see how seeds are so much a part of the commons,  in societies around the world.  Seed sharing not selling– a foundation of Food Sovereignty and therefore Food Security, as well as the continuance of culture and community…  It can all be a bit abstract, like the language I’ve just used, until you see women like these talking about the seeds that sustain their lives.

Yesterday I came across these videos and wanted to share them on Kitchen Counter Culture.

Insight Share is a really interesting organisation that brings training and video equipment to remote communities across the globe.  The idea is that people who lack economic and technical access are shared the means to tell their own stories and communicate with each other through video and internet. This movement is called “Participatory Video.”

As it says on the YouTube page for the Indigenous Community Video Collective- NE India,

“We are community filmmakers from six remote indigenous communities in the North East of India: Daribokgre, Chandigre and Sasatgre villages in the West Garo Hills (Meghalaya), Mawphu village in the East Khasi Hills (Meghalaya), Chizami and Tuensang (Nagaland). We are using video as a means to explore and document traditional knowledge and practices in our communities. Our intention is to inspire local knowledge revival, enable knowledge-sharing, and build the resilience of our culture and communities for the future.”

I’ve chosen to link to some more videos here, ones that highlight modes of food-growing and cooking.

So interesting to learn about shifting cultivation and the importance of bee keeping:

This one is an amazing look at soybean cultivation and preparation as well as fermenting methods and reference to the culinary centrality of fermented soybeans (“pickle”) in this part of India.  As a fermenter, it’s very alluring and I wish I could try it– wonder what it tastes like.  I love how the woman speaking speaks of its “value” and uses the verb “to treasure.”  And wow, it’s preserved for ten years and no pests get to it:

Here’s preparing “soda” instead of oil, as the latter in curries makes people feel unwell:

And a fish that looks eel-like (?) that is a much enjoyed food:

I hope you enjoy these films.  I think of them as participatory video, yes, but also as food stories told in voices I haven’t heard before.  If you enjoy them too, comment on YouTube itself so the film makers can feel the gratitude. 🙂

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