Traditional Foods Go Digital
A new resource about harvesting and preparing traditional foods shares the experiences, language, and knowledge of Nuu-chah-nulth elders. The Nuu-chah-nulth Traditional Foods Toolkit teaches that food security begins at home.
Developed by Uu-a-thluk, [Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council fisheries department], the booklets teach how to harvest, prepare and eat traditional foods found on Vancouver Island. These foods include sockeye salmon, herring spawn, goose barnacles, sea urchins, chitons, wild roots, and eelgrass.
“Our ancestors have harvested wild foods for over 10,000 years, and a number of our people still harvest wild food today,” says Priscilla Sabbas Watts from the Nuu-chah-Nulth Tribal Council. “This knowledge is more important than ever in the face of global food instability. Sharing this wisdom will make it more accessible to future generations.”
Vancouver Island residents live in one of the richest natural paradises on the planet, yet 90 % of their food comes from elsewhere. The Nuu-chah-nulth Traditional Foods Toolkit recalls a time when people ate foods found in their natural habitat, and not on supermarket shelves.
“The toolkit offers a tremendous opportunity to pass on traditional knowledge, which teaches self reliance, nutrition, pride for one’s heritage, and sustainability—all important to developing food sovereignty,” adds Sabbas Watts.
Proceeds from all sales go towards education and training programs for youth and others in Nuu-chah-nulth Nations.
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