Historian Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery among those featured in videos this week to celebrate Honoring Native Foodways and Native American Heritage Month
This is the 12th year that the American Indian Studies department at UNC-Pembroke has hosted Honoring Native Foodways. For all Indigenous peoples food is sacred; it is a gift from Mother Earth and the Creator. Traditionally, all gathering, harvesting, hunting, or fishing began with a prayer and offering of thanks to the plant, animal, and fish people who sacrificed themselves to feed us. Many Native peoples still begin their foodway traditions that way.
Since the community cannot gather to honor Native Foodways this year, the department is sharing recipes, along with a description and video, each day this week to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. We hope this information will educate, inspire, and delight you as you prepare for your foodway celebrations later in the month.