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Spend 25 minutes to watch this video of an amazing effort made by people to eat with real consciousness of health, good foods, historic cultural tradition and treating bodies with love and respect through the eating.  It’s very inspiring– and particular here to Pueblo people but totally applicable to all of us in various ways — to note how much in the modern, junky diet is making us sick– we know this.  But observe the radiance, beauty, and committed focus of people in the film, particularly the Elders, as they speak of their healthy transformations.  It’s truly inspiring.

The Pueblo Food Experience is a project of the wonderful Permaculture people at FloweringTree Permaculture in New Mexico.  I seem to encounter them on line and always feel in awe of their beautiful approach to people and food.  Click the Vimeo badge on the video above to be taken to further explanation of  the program.

Changing how we eat can change everything, and helps us connect, through food, to place and to people, to our ancestors and to “a new me,” which all of us sometimes long for.  “It’s part of reclaiming ourselves, so it’s more than a diet, it’s cultural preservation in a living form.”

The film also includes quite amazing discussion and footage of salt collecting in the dessert  — was new, and fascinating, to me.

Dried Cholla Buds and Tepary Beans

Was just having a lazy browse on the Saveur Magazine website, and noticed a piece called “6 Native American Ingredients.” Curiously I clicked on a link, and found this website  for the Tohono O’odham Nation in southern Arizona. They have a small on-line shop. I would absolutely LOVE to try these cactus buds, and the tepary beans, brown and white both. They also have a magazine about traditional and contemporary foodways that looks great! Someday, someday, because I am so far (and postage would probably be prohibitive) but if you happen to be in the USA, you could order yourself those beans and buds and cook them up and tell me all about it.

Here’s another useful link should you happen to be in a cold, wet, constant drizzle of a climate like Wales dreaming of the soul foods of  a hot, dry dessert:

http://www.flordemayoarts.com/pages/cholla.html

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11 March 2014   Just read this Zester Daily piece on Decolonizing the Taste Buds from commodity foods….

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