Press Release

California Humanities Supports Real Food Real Stories Program on Indigenous Foodways

A Series of Three Live Gatherings Are Scheduled for Fall 2020

Berkeley, CA (October 13, 2020) — California Humanities recently announced its Humanities For All Quick Grant awards and Real Food Real Stories, a project of Earth Island Institute, has been awarded $5,000 for its project entitled “Celebrating and Supporting Indigenous Foodways.”

There is a growing revival of cultural practices based in seasonal nutrition, reciprocal relationship, and stewardship of land and water. “Celebrating and Supporting Indigenous Foodways” will present three Indigenous changemakers — Chef Crystal Wahpepah of Wahpepah’s Kitchen, Burrell Jones of Tolani Lake Enterprises, and Corrina Gould of Sogorea Te’ Land Trust — who are revitalizing their ancestral traditions and modeling the work of reconnecting with culturally rooted, ecologically responsible food practices. The series, scheduled for Fall 2020, beginning on October 15, brings together curious eaters from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and serves as resistance to the dehumanizing nature of an industrial food system. Details and registration information are available here.

“Indigenous foodways are the basis of agriculture, and offer insights for our future,” said Jovida Ross, executive director of Real Food Real Stories. “Our hope is that this series is part of a growing movement to honor and support the practices of Indigenous communities.”

The Humanities For All Quick Grant is a competitive grant program of California Humanities that supports locally-initiated public humanities projects that respond to the needs and interests of Californians, encourage greater public participation in humanities programming, particularly by new and/or underserved audiences, and promotes understanding and empathy among all our state’s peoples in order to cultivate a thriving democracy.

“These projects will bring the complexity and diversity of California to light in new ways that will engage Californians from every part of our state, and will help us all understand each other better,” said Julie Fry, president and CEO of California Humanities. “We congratulate the grantees whose projects will promote understanding and provide insight into a wide range of topics, issues, and experiences.”

A complete list of all Humanities For All Quick Grants can be found on the California Humanities website here.

California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment of the Humanities, promotes the humanities – focused on ideas, conversation, and learning – as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect us to each other in order to help strengthen California. California Humanities has provided grants and programs across the state since 1975. To learn more visit, or follow California Humanities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.