Claudia Serrato from Decolonial Food for Thought teaches about indigenous veganism from a Xicana Indigena perspective, sharing ways she has approached decolonizing her diet and creating spaces to hear how others are doing so too which ultimately, is a process of remembering ancestral cuisines through food storytelling.
We talk about the impact colonization has had on Indigenous foodways, and how assimilation and cultural genocide has allowed for knowledge around food to become fractured. We discuss how to reclaim veganism from mainstream white settler colonial veganism. Educating each other about colonial food histories that are conscious of race, class and other systems of domination is a way we can recover this knowledge and acknowledge that Indigenous folks and POC are in a process of healing themselves and communities to not only survive, but thrive.
Decolonization is a individual AND collective process that takes hard work and examining and understanding our history, behaviours, beliefs, including what we eat and how we take up space and hold space for others.
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