Andi began her foray into Native foods by communing with Sean Sherman, founder of The Sioux Chef before he was the face of the Native food revitalization movement. Andi pitched a bunch of food shows to Native America Calling and then in 2017, she started her own podcast called Toasted Sister where she talks to Native chefs, cooks and folks involved in this Native food movement. Andi talks about how her palate (and her budget) has grown around regional Native foods which includes getting to know and building community with people who cultivate and provide these foods.
Andi talks about some of the incredible moves that are being made around Native foods right now. Young chefs, new organizations and Native individuals are awakening to this experience in reconnecting. Community gardens, seed saving and knowledge-sharing with elders are all coming back. Andi talks about the spiritual connection many talk about when it comes to saving seeds and Native food knowledge. She also shares the connection between eating Native foods and how it makes her body feel. An important discussion the two have on this topic is the concept of promoting health via Native foods and how to distinguish between health and wellness and “body justice.” The two discuss how blood sugar levels and BMI are colonial concepts versus holistic wellness of the mind, heart and body. Andi disagrees with the concept of Native foods being discussed as a “healthier option.” This leaves Native foods open to a colonial narrative and thus to appropriation, so Andi discusses her hopes and fears for the Native food movement.
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