The void in Traditional Food Revitalisation in the wake of Other Cultural Practices
Cultural activities and ceremony are seen by Indigenous people globally as a way of improving Social and Emotional Wellbeing (this includes physical and mental health) within communities and individuals alike (Gone, 2013). For First Nations people attending Sundance (ceremony), there is a strong desire to connect to culture, not just though ceremony but through traditional food, to strengthen the spirt and connection to the land.
It is widely acknowledged that First Nations identities are linked to cultural practices and the land, yet traditional food practices are not being transferred to the next generation. Food cultural practises are also being overlooked by Governments in terms of funding and research priorities. This presentation focuses one particular Sundance (over 3 years) and the use of traditional food. Looking at the use and preparation of food in terms of culture and nutrition. In regards preparation drawing conclusions as to the possible reasons why food choice and preparation techniques are used, and raising questions about how past policies continue to affect First Nation people in ways not yet described.