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Revitalizing Native Foodways

At a time when food has become better known as a commodity rather than a life source, it is more pressing than ever to remember that food, in its deepest, truest essence, is a gift. It’s a gift that connects us to the land, plants, animals, and waters, that nourishes us, feeds our minds and our bodies, and guides us in our original roles as human members of our sacred ecosystems. As…
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by: Melissa K. Nelson – Autumn 2015

Re-Indigenizing the People to the Planet

This special issue of Earth Island Journal is not a how-to manual, nor is it a warning message or a self-help treatise – though it includes all of those elements and more. It is, simply, a message from Indigenous communities meant to spark a conversation about what the dominant culture can learn from the world’s Indigenous cultures. For some of you, the words inside will be lessons that wake you up; for…
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by: Melissa K. Nelson – Autumn 2015

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