On Friday, September 18, American Indian Health and Family Services of Detroit will be hosting a traditional native dinner and educational experience. The workshop is called “Decolonzing Our Diet: Healing Our Bodies, Healing Ourselves“. This is in accord with the organizations ever increasing momentum toward food sovereignty and healthy food access for the peoples of Michigan.
Many in the communities are familiar with their many traditional approaches toward healing, behavioral health, and cultural wellness and preservation. However, included in their mission is the emphasis on food safety and dietary management. Good and wholesome food, from the garden to the table, is a major component of their educational direction.
The gardens at the center reflect this inclusive view. Sunflowers abound in the Three Sisters garden, and the four sacred herbs are planted in a stone circle at the entrance to the facility. Nicole Fox has served as a consistent and conscientious guide through example of what they want to give back to the communities as they engage people. Garden work days at AIHFS, sweat lodges, traditional spirituality, and Grandfather teachings all come together to make a guide for a life enhancement system for the body, mind, and soul.
The dinner they are going to be hosting will draw its emphasis from the views of Claudia Serrato and chef Chris Rodriguez and their insights from working under Decolonial Food for Thought. The project explores how indigenous food styles are actually better for the human system than that of processed, and imported, dietary habits. Also, an environmental integration is part of the thought system in this approach. They state
Decolonial Food For Thought takes an antispeciesist standpoint grounded in the teachings shared with us by our communities and elders which include our relatives, the slithering two and four legged animals (humans included) the land, water, plants & seeds
The center is currently forming the direction that its use of grant money will take as they move forward to the food component of its mission. They will be open to suggestions and vision sharing from the guests and partners at the dinner. This is a chance to lend a hand to a project that will have repercussions of wellness going forward for unnumbered lives. Finding a way to reintegrate the cellular memory of eating foods that were meant for our bodies, versus from a packaged and unsustainable lifestyle, is the ultimate goal.
Included in the event is are raffles, fellowship, and the chance to win a Pendleton blanket. But the real prize is the chance to commune with souls on the way to finding a better walk to health and wellness. A walk that all can join at any time along the way. American Indian Health and Family services is located at 4880 Lawndale St, in Detroit. Right off Michigan Avenue, the easiest way to find it is to look for the colorful parking lot murals. You can call (313) 846-3718 for more information.