Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Traditional foods are an integral part of Alaska Native culture. The gathering, hunting, preserving, and eating of traditional foods is more than just a diet – it’s a way of life.
Traditional foods offer nutritious meals that provide physical and healing benefits. They also provide comfort and a sense of home. Therefore, it is important to keep these traditions alive in our communities. The 2014 Farm Bill initiated a movement in Alaska that acknowledges the importance of traditional foods in public facilities, such as in health care and long-term care settings. This movement brought people together statewide who are creating resources, recipes, menus, and donation programs for those in need.
This presentation provides a glimpse into the Alaska Native Traditional Foods Movement to empower attendees to create their own movement for their communities.
- Discuss best practices used to create Alaska Native traditional food programs
- Learn where to connect with like-minded groups and build relationships based on a deep-rooted belief that food is medicine
- Learn how to use traditional food resources, such as the National Resource Center for Alaska Native Elders, to create community-specific resources
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- Melissa Chlupach
Dietetics and Nutrition
University of Alaska
- Flora Deacon
Indigenous Chef Instructor
- Thomas Moore
National Resource Center for Alaska Native Elders