Chef Sean Sherman talks about the vision for the Indigenous Food Lab.
Watch Chef Sean Sherman speak about our mission and vision.
“Foundations of an Indigenous Food System Model” graphic. In the upper left-hand corner is the NATIFS logo. Beneath that is a column labeled “Understanding the Foundations of Indigenous Food Systems.” It reads: 1. Removal of colonized thought. 2. Reconnect spiritually, mentally, physically with the natural world. 3. Understand and build indigeous foundations. 4. Regain, retain, share, practice knowledge.”
In the second, right-hand column is a wheel divided into four equal sections. The top section is labeled “Indigenous Wisdom” and reads: Indigenous histories, languages, stories/songs, preserving artistry, spirituality/tradition, fermentation, crafting techniques, health, food preservation, seasonal lifestyles, cultural differences/commonalities, cooking techniques.”
The second section to the right is labeled “Animals” and reads: Large animals, smaller animals, fowl eggs, ocean life, fishing techniques, hunting, trapping, butchering, animal fats, insects.”
The third section on the bottom is labeled “Elements” and reads: “Protecting natural resources, fresh water, salt water, fire, pottery/clay, cooking rocks, sun drying, salt gathering, oceanography, knife making, wind drying, snow/ice usage.”
The final section on the left is labeled “Plants” and reads: “Farming, wild food identification, gathering, harvesting, water/ocean plans, soil maintenance, ancestral seeds, lichen/moss, tree foods, nuts, fruits, oils, medicinals.”