Join Bioneers for Our Annual “Decolonizing Thanksgiving” Gathering
Guests at last year’s Decolonize Thanksgiving event enjoyed foods indigenous to North America.
At Bioneers, we are committed to honoring all peoples’ connection to this beautiful planet through the experience of indigeneity. To do this, we are guided by a vision of social and ecological justice that must address the wounds of the past in order to collectively shape a flourishing future for all of life, for the generations to come.
We cordially invite you to the second annual “Decolonize Thanksgiving” feast co-hosted by the Bioneers Indigeneity Program and “Keepers of Our Culture,” to be held at the Pacific Grove Youth Center on the Monterey Bay Peninsula, Sunday, November 19, 2017, from 3-8 pm. Please forgive the short notice, as we have taken the last few weeks since Bioneers 2017 to put together a one-of-a-kind event described in the event program.
You can read about last year’s First Annual Bioneers Decolonize Thanksgiving held in New York City, which was so incredible that we had to bring it back this year on Bioneers’ “home turf” in California. This is a very limited-seating, by-invitation-only, Bioneers event for our program’s long time collaborators including activists, scholars, and educators. But, in the true Bioneers spirit of inclusiveness, we saved 3 spots to invite in new friends of the Bioneers Indigeneity Program.
Our feast will feature traditional, California Native foods, locally-harvested by contemporary Ohlone caterers, Mak-‘amham, which means “Our Food” in the Chochenyo Language. Together, chefs Vincent Medina (Chochenyo Ohlone) and Louis Trevino (Rumsen Ohlone) have revitalized their ancestral food ways for healing and well-being. You will notice sweet and savory food combinations from simple pairings of 6 ingredients or less that make up the signature, pre-contact Ohlone palate.
From the caterers, Vincent and Louis:
“All our food is rooted in the values of our Indigenous communities and all our food is free of gluten, refined sugar, corn, soy, dairy, alcohol, or anything artificial. It is our hope to create beautiful Ohlone cuisine that allows us to be a little closer to those before us, and to honor the legacy we inherit from them. Our primary goal is always the wellness and decolonization of our Ohlone communities. We also hope to educate non-Indian people about who we are, as the Indigenous people of the East Bay and Carmel Valley. We hope to dispel negative stereotypes through actively demonstrating the vibrancy and beauty of Ohlone culture, and especially the deep + living connections we have to our homelands. We hope to raise awareness to people who are not indigenous to California what the true culture and cuisine of this beautiful and ancient place really is.”
True to the Indigeneity Program’s mission, the evening program will share the real story of California to a diverse and family-friendly group through expressive and interactive dialogue. (Children are very welcome! We’re bringing ours.) Together, we will celebrate people from many different backgrounds coming together to experience the revitalization of Indigenous traditions. This is a time for intercultural dialogue, and to make new friends of all generations and backgrounds. This is the REAL spirit of Thanksgiving.
Please click on the link to secure your place at the table. We humbly request that you contribute $175 per person, or $300 per couple. (If you would like to purchase your ticket by phone, please call our Development Assistant, Genna, at 415-508- 3360 x124.)
The amount covers the direct costs of the caterers’ traditional foods gathering and preparation, the venue, and subsidizes 80% of the cost for one low-income guest. If you feel moved to sponsor a guest at 100% cost or the entire event as a tax-free donation, please contact me directly at [email protected].