Native Traditions, Food and Culture (August 3, 2005)
The Beyond Organic Radio Show

Native Traditions, Food and Culture

From tribal salmon fishermen in the Pacific Northwest, to reintroducing traditional tepary beans in the Southwest, Native American communities are pioneering the interconnection between food, heritage and sustainable economies.

The Tohono O'odham Nation, for example, sits in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, sixty miles west of Tucson, Arizona. Terrol Dew Johnson and his colleagues at Community Action are reviving traditional foods and farming as the first step in re-establishing a community wide self-sustaining food system for his people - including the cultivation of 100 acres of tepary beans both for their own use and for sale to a growing number of southwestern chefs who feature native dishes on their menus.

Join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network, as we discuss efforts to reconnect tradition, agriculture and food.

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