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09-23-20 Nut harvest time
"Walk into native. America calling from Studio Forty Nine, Albuquerque. I'm Tara Gate would. foraging for nuts is a tradition for many tribes. This time of year nuts are a staple that provide flavor and a rich source of protein. They're also used for medicine in many nuts have ceremonial uses. Tribes each have traditional methods for harvesting processing and eating nuts. We'll hear about this and the close connections people have to the phoned Mutt. Harvests. That's coming up right after national native news? This is national native news. I'm Antonio Gonzales Arizona Governor Doug ducey announced Tuesday. He signed a proclamation to recognize October Twelfth Twenty Twenty as indigenous Peoples Day on the Federal Columbus Holiday Emma Gibson. With Arizona public media has more the proclamation came after state Senator James Sita Pash Loci, and a youth led advocacy group Indigenous Peoples Initiative called for the change. Dylan Baca the group's president who is White Mountain Apache and Navajo says indigenous. Peoples Day acknowledges accurate account of Christopher Columbus's violent legacy. This holiday is significant for me because it works to try to eliminate the stereotypes in stigmatisms associated with indigenous peoples and Tribes Paschall K. called on Governor Ducey in. June. During President Donald. Trump's visit to Phoenix to establish the state holiday using his executive powers. She now says she will introduce a bill to permanently changed the holiday in the twenty twenty one legislative session. For National Native News I'm Gibson the Navajo nation is returning to fifty seven weekend lockdowns. Stay at home orders due to a rise in positive covid nineteen cases on and near the reservation. Tuesday's announcement comes a day after top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci praised the tribe for lowering numbers crediting the tribe strict covid nineteen measures which were enforced for. Months some of the orders including the fifty seven hour curfew were eased. But during virtual town Tuesday Navajo nation. President Jonathan Nez had a stern message for residents to stay vigilant Nez, a cluster of forty or more positive cases traced back to travel and spreading the virus during social gatherings which are restricted on Navajo land, and so we're going to have to. Slow everything down we're GONNA have to stay at home orders because we don't know how far. This has gone out in. Contact, with other people, the new cases were reported in Arizona and new. Mexico the tribes also asking residents to avoid areas in Utah, considered hot spots for the virus. NATO advocates encouraged young people to engage in the voting process on national voter registration day. Barb Hartselle works with the LAS, Vegas Indian Center on the native vote she talked about investing in native youth by using traditional teachings and connecting them with issues native youth face today, really taking like arc additional routes in how we carry ourselves in is important to us and being able to invest in our youth in meeting them where they're at and letting really understand though it seems so big and so massive or maybe. It doesn't seem important at all. It really does determine a lot of things like it really determined just how far come from grandmothers and mothers generations to wear. We'll go with their next generation. Hartselle took part in a national congress of American Indians virtual gathering, Tuesday along with tribal leaders and native women in office. 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And the Walker, River Pie you try is known for its annual Pine Nut Festival which normally includes blessings in song and dance this year took place really on Saturday and we have a small sample of it. is Pine Nut Song Sung by Christie trae hope from the Summit Lake Pie you try and she said Blessing Song is sung whilst burning pine nuts on the ground so that there will be an abundant harvest during the fall. One. was. When I look. would. One. When Allie. One. One In that song shared by Christie Trae Ho during the ninetieth annual pine nut festival, the River Pie you tribe in Nevada, and what about in your community? Are there songs like this to celebrate does your tribe harvest nuts and what types of traditions are connected them share a bit of your heritage with us today by calling one, eight, hundred, nine, six, two, eight, four, eight that's also one, eight, hundred, nine, nine, native. Maybe there are stories that your community or even your family tells during this time of year about these gifts. And why we should appreciate them share your thoughts. You can share your language to if you want to tell us how you talk about The nut harvest in your community or just even how to say some of these items go ahead and share our ears are open, one, eight, hundred, nine, six to eight, four, eight is the number, and right now we can go to Nevada we have chairman Ember Torres with us. She is tribal chairman of the Walker River. Pie. You tribe my pleasure to have her here. Chairman Tories Welcome. Thank, you pige woman me Amber Torres Mean Aena knew a guy to cut point of being a gangway good morning everyone. My name is amber tourism. The chairman for the Walker River tribe insures. Nevada thank you for the opportunity and thank you for having me this morning. and. So chairman tells a little bit about what takes place in your community. Once this time of year comes around. Yes. Definitely. So again, you know as as you've talked about, we're moving into our ninetieth year of tradition culture blessings that we bestow upon our community and our visitors that come into our reservation during the third week third week in September. But You know really this actually starts in. April may we go out and do a pileup blessing? up there up in the Desert Creek area. Yeah. That's mountain area, which we all consider sacred and we do our rituals and our blessings there with other tribes in conjunction, and that is to pray and dance and seeing for an abundance of Our plants in our. Our peanuts and so that we would be able to feed and nourish the bodies of our membership in come September when we hold our annual festival. So What we actually do is we start prepping you know weeks and it had ahead of time we go out we would we cut willows. go into the mountains with all of our staff and you know we climb those trees. We get those pine cones, we bring them back. We let them set out in Sun for a week and open up. And then we round up all of our. Our staff, we also invite our community, our elementary school and anybody who would want to join us to hand clean all of these cones and get all these precious nuts out, and then we take them and we. Cook them individually and batches, and once we've cooked them we let them sit out so that they can dry and then the night before the blessing we bagged them. So we normally end up with about. Five hundred, maybe almost six hundred bags of pine nuts and then you know once the lineup blessing is over we We actually during pint blessing, we sing the songs we invite everybody to come out sing those songs as you just heard there, and we all circle dance for several several songs and you know some people will dance clear into the morning but those are again traditions, our culture and blessings that we share with everybody for again, our traditional food, and also we we clean enough so that we can give that to both of our blenders that do the actual peanut blessing. In chairman, what were you taught growing up of why you have to keep these waste especially with this particular harvest? Well it's definitely important. Again, you know again, that's why we invite our elementary school so that they can see the hard work that goes into you know our traditions and again, this is part of our culture that we want to pass down to the next seven generations. You know we want this to. Go On for. The the end of time you know and the biggest thing is that. So they understand why we do how we do and what we do and that it be done in a good way and you know that things are not taped or televised as far as you know, very cultural significant things. You know and so we have to really teach them. You know just as we were taught when we were young as to why and how we do things you know so that everything is done in in a good way. When you are out there when you're harvesting in. If you personally go out there, yourself tell me what happens what you really learn or get reconnected to especially the environment we come from. Definitely and you know my biggest thing is like I told somebody yesterday you know I'm a chairman that's boots on the ground. I would not have my staff or my community do anything that I'm not willing to go out and do myself. You know you you put your long sleeved shirt on, you put your hands on your boots and wrap your hair up so that you don't get pitched in it but you know you're you're taking your tools and you have to be ready and strong and ready to climb those trees in Dig For pinecone on the ground you're very, very dirty and pitchy and sticky by the time that you get done with that. But you just you learn how are people lived you learned their way of life you learned what was important and you also learn a sense of togetherness and sharing. And again why our ancestors did what they did you know long before us? And why it's so important to continue to teach those ways of life, it's again who we are, it's part of our food sovereignty of staying Sorry staying sustainable. But the biggest thing that you learn is camaraderie and Again, just sharing mechanism of all of it is you know it's it's definitely collaboration of you know you get up in the tree and you shake you know those trees and Collins come down and you've got people at the bottom of the tree you know making sure to pick up all the cones and You know get them in the buckets and said, it's it's a lot of hard work and you just you. Basically take into account what all goes into. Kidding and harvesting those nuts treating them right the earth right You know I think you know that's kind of where we've lost touch right now with a lot of the covid pandemic and a lot of the things that we see going on around the nation right now you know with fires and natural disasters is mother speaking to us you know that we have not been treating right and we need to get back to those those ways in which we know we need to do. But we've seen commercial harvesting. You know which is. Is To me heavily frowned upon because they don't understand that you know you don't just cut the tops of those trees you don't just. Take. The easy way it's hard and if it was easy, everybody would be doing it but there's certain ways in which you treat you know mother earth and the beautiful things that she's given us. And you have to give back to that and we're taught that you know in our traditional ways of you know what you do and what you don't do. So again, I just I think it's very important to remember that because you know I fear that you know things are coming that we're not going to be able to control because it hasn't been done for quite some time. Keeping these ways is really important for many different reasons and sometimes it's a way of keeping. Our loved ones together and just thinking of the different ways in the different layers that go along with all this. When you're talking about being out there in peaking you know the nuts and and how it seems to when you go out there with family that each family has kind of a certain way in that special way to get the pitch off I think that. Could be a whole hour in itself of you know maneuvering in and respecting the land in that way to you have definitely awaken a lot of memories for me and you know this time of year going out with family and picking opinions and the nuts in your area. Go ahead relate share your story reminisce at one, eight, hundred, nine, nine, six, two, eight, four, eight. I'm gate would host a native America calling on her September book of the month will visit with Jolanta be gay Croatia about her new young readers book becoming Miss, Navajo. It shares the story of what it means to earn this esteemed title that Reinforces Navajo Cultural Heritage Join us for our next program. We'll visit with the author. 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That's also one eight, hundred, nine, nine native with us. Today is Chairman Torres Amber Torres. Is the Walker River Pie Tribes Chairman and our pleasure to have her here and chairman when we think of keeping these traditions and live your community decided we're GonNa make sure we still celebrate and things went virtual this year anything you want to share about celebrating in this way and things that it brought to the community. You. Know I think you know the the last seven months have definitely been trying for not only our community but us as a nation and we felt You know a lot of altered mental status, just overall feeling of you know depression `isolation. Our reservation has been closed since March you know with stiff restrictions in place such as you know, curfews. And you know that helped us eliminate Cova did at the very beginning but we've been trying to make the best decisions to keep our community safe. But you know we wanted to also you know still celebrate the event. You know again, this was going to be our biggest and best year yet being are ninety S. And you know with Kovic shutting everything down, we wanted to make sure that everybody stays safe. So we thought outside of the box, which was good you know zoom is. The new normal and we thought what could we do We held tradition by hosting a barbecue that day for our community and we served you know well over five hundred people barbecue within our community because again you know we every year, we've held a two o'clock free barbecue for anybody that's in town coming through so. That was a great success and we thought we would you know again, we don't take the lineup blessing itself. We did still carry through with that with our elder and people in our community just a few of us that you know still held that tradition. But the biggest thing was trying to bring together our elders. Our youngsters are just our whole dialect in our whole community of what could we do to share the songs, the good medicine with the people, and so we thought let's try something virtual and you know I'm very happy to say that I think it was a success you know overall This is the first year that we've had high. Speed. Internet on our reservation here and it came just in time. So you know a lot of people were able to tune in through facebook live and watch and hear the songs here and feel the prayers that came out of those songs and feel that they needed that that was a piece of home that was a piece of the Pie blessing now definitely for sure it doesn't take the place of. Having the annual pint blessing where we're altogether, you know conversating and. Sharing not good medicine in person, but this was the next best alternative and it kept everybody safe in the comfort of their own home. Safe is is really important especially during these times in just watching some of what went down I really appreciate you know the words and also the songs that were shared in thinking of these things and just to hear how another community thinks about this time. Especially when we talk about harvesting nuts you know you think about your own community in the things you were taught in the things you were taught to keep going, and that's why we're spending some time today to just kinda take a tour across native America to hear what different folks are saying and chairman Tories anything you WANNA leave us with. I just you know again where we're all facing this invisible virus right now and you know, I, just want to continue to pray for the communities and the respective nations across. Turtle. Island. You know that we all stay safe and that we all get back to our old normal you know where we're able to share and have compassion for one another be good to one another and You know just continue to wish everybody blessings and be safe and be healthy. And I thank you for the opportunity. Thank you very much and thank you for sharing a bit about your community and you can share a bit about yours too. When we talk about not getting, what do you know? What would you like to share one, eight, hundred, nine, six, two, eight, four, eight, and now we're gonNA take a look at some harvesting acorns. We have to folks with us who has some thoughts to share a we are GONNA go ahead and go to buy less Zona with us. Today is Twyla cast the door and she is a cultural project assistant for the San Carlos, Apache tribe our pleasure to have her here twyla. Thank you for us for another native America calling. Oh. Thank you for having me. Good to have you here also on the line to is emily Borgen No, and she is a harvester and she is. And she is e Pi She's from the Nation of Santa Isabel our pleasure to have her here. Emily. Welcome. Welcome. Thank you for having me. In greet heavy both here in in you know when we think about this time of year a lot of people think acorns in and you see them in decor across almost everything across the nation But for both of you, I'm sure when you see Acorn, do you think of something that takes you to your community? Twyla tell us a little bit about acorn harvesting what it means what it connects. acorn harvesting. And every region it's different. We have species call emery acorn that is particularly favored among Apache peoples here south. West. It is one of those that people really have a strong connection with mostly because it's been with us since time and memorial. And we it's something you look forward to it's like a whole family UCR this family bonding and get together going out to harvest cook with it It's like a really beautiful celebration like of life again but I really enjoyed this time musty. There's a little bit different than every region has their own acorn that they favor for ours. I know Emory Oak acorn. In a little bit about how they're harvested in used. Okay. So they're collecting probably like in early July August and depending on the amount of rainfall they came during the winters. There are they dropped, they'll just drop the same time some of the plants drop in their regions you Kinda it's an indicator that acorns already so people will go out. In families you know you'll bring your your bucket, your flour sacks, you bring grandma you bring anti you bring everybody with you and you go out there you spend a whole day. He might even spend a week out there. So we have some families that will camp out there for a number of the days we have other families that will commute back and forth. But it's something that takes a. It's just How the way I can explain it as. You see everyone getting so excited and getting together just to collect all these ACORN, but you collect them. take them home going to dry them again, depending how long they've been there. You dry them a few more days than you grind them where you crack it open and then you separate the meat from the shell. And then you re grind that again the you've the meat part of the nut. And you make into powder. And you add that to our to a flower I'm sorry to a flower and you add that to all types of dishes like soups How you can say, you can eat it. The way it is you can add it was squash I mean it's something that's highly favorite during the season and it's really exciting because it's just what? What a lot of people look forward to and this year was a good season last year wasn't so great. But this year is a lot better came back with a force and as toilets said, it varies from different areas. So when we come to the Nation in your emily tell us about. Acorns how you harvest and what you think about them. For me it's a, it's a very personal and Sentimental thanks in A. Love I love to I. Love on the season's change like yesterday was I knew him with the fall equinoxes and so that puzzle slap you know the times we'll be changing. It'll be getting colder the winds will be picking up. The Earth will be moving with the earthquakes. And when the winds pick up that when the ACORNS also drop. because they shake the trees and so around. October early October Usually. You can find them right now a little early. So I'm still waiting I don't I'm a patient person so I don't want to rush into let the. Squirrels get their share but. this like plan was saying you know it's the thing that you bring your whole family your. MOM, or, Anti your. Nieces and nephews, and all your cousins That's how I remember it. Growing up my grandparents would take all of us grandkids and our aunties and our cousins who you know whoever was at the house at the time and We'd go up top to the mountain to certain spaces where my pub always. Taking and we would gather. And So that's a that's hot growing up. When we're able to Continue those memories you know and SORTA with our our babies now and It's pretty great. 'cause this year you know I was able to. Share like I don't ususally. Teach this knowledge I'm I'm still young I'm still learning but this year one of my nieces asked me how to make the show Er Acorn Mush. So I couldn't say no, you know. So I had to haul all my supplies. My brother came and picked me up and took me to her as avation where they live and we sat down. for the day because it was during the end of winter. So I was using ACORNS that I have. Here at home. Growing up, we were always taught you know to have. them stored throughout the year through the winter. You know anytime, he may need it to feed people or yourself and especially on special occasions. Either good or bad times, you'd make it to just bring that that case you know in the memory from way back to share with everybody but I was also are asked. just recently. With everything going on and everybody staying home. I was asked by the boys and Girls Club here on the poster reservation here in our. To teach the show we making process. And to, but it would need to be virtual because that's how you know they have everything. And I. Didn't you know of course I don't WanNa. Say No and I'm not going to but I also didn't know how to because it's the virtual stuff is very new to me as well and I'm not used to zoom yet. And People who can relate to that too We're all learning together emily continue. To make it work and and and to keep it going even though the time of of distancing, we still have to connect because that's what we've always done and these teachings are what connect us in and bring those good feelings and energy vibrations to our homes to our bodies to nourish our spirit. so What I was thinking is just you know presentation resume. call that will be doing with the youth will probably be needlessly talking the whole time because it'll be the talking about what is not being shown on the camera, which is you know me going back during fall and harvesting these acorns with my family and you know Mike Tyler was saying there's a fool process of just a just opening up the ACORN. You know you have to let it dry crack it and grind it so. you know sometimes sometimes more people they get to taste some of these things and they don't know the whole process that goes with it, and I think when we do start learning exactly all the different steps. and. The time that gets put into this especially going out and gathering, you don't just go out, grab a bucket and ten minutes you're good unless you're really. Unless you're really good but you got a story like that I want to hear it one, eight, hundred, nine, six, two, eight, four, eight, and you know ladies we are definitely spiking memories in different folks and we got a caller on the line who'd like to join us. We're going to say hi to Ralph in Albuquerque New Mexico and Ralph understand you want to say some words about opinions I'm listening. I do. Do About how? I can always Gloves Shit. Three Bigger ball the The on. All everywhere. It's for why he is and then when you get to eat them all boy Ralph I feel you thank you for calling. Thank you for listening in ladies when you think about what you're doing right now is going to be something that you your family community or maybe even someone you don't even know is going to take the benefit of it by nourishing themselves with this how ever it's prepared. When you're thinking of that? Do you walk on the land? Softer? Do you make sure when you're tired? He say okay. Four MORHEF fan handfuls anything like that. Come into your mind when you're out there gathering knowing you know this isn't for just you. It's for others you're going to be connected to down the road toilet anti thoughts on that. When you're out there you're pretty mindful at I need to rephrase something when you first go out there a lot of people I pray for the first tree that you walk onto you know so abundant with. But you go to the next tree, you leave that one there and that's just paying respect to mother earth. But going out there and Oh my gosh I just kept my mind here. Sorry. Okay so Just. To it does make you mindful of what's around you a lot of people like I'll take my mother out. Okay and you get those large folder coffee can the TIN ones? And we may take us three hours to get to location. She will fill up that copy cat and oh. We have enough. Let's go home. Now it took us three hours to get to this location and she only wants to take one coffee cat and she goes you know we're blessed with this. So they're like okay. Well take that home. And just hearst herself being taught to be mindful. You to think of also think about other people that could be traveling long distance to get a corn sure and times like this is when we learn our values in what is important in being mindful in that way and and you know thinking of other people who may be out in need you know some of this harvest to including the animals a really appreciate what all of you are sharing an opening up there'll be more type. Support by Amarin Indian countries one hundred percent tribally-owned insurance partner emory works with tribal governments and their business enterprises to provide effective commercial insurance coverage strengthened native American communities, protect tribal sovereignty and help keep dollars in Indian country more information on property liability. Compensation and. Auto Solutions. At. Amazon DOT, com. That's A. M. E. R. I. N. D. Dot Com. Thanks for tuning in today to native America, calling Tara Gatewood and we are focused on Matt Harvesting and we want to hear about why this food tradition is important to you your community. There's still time left to join this conversation dial in at one, eight, hundred, nine, six, two, eight, four, eight, got one more check in on acorns this time it's coming to us from Wisconsin dells. In Wisconsin, we have Alina Terry and she is the Food and Culinary Program Manager for the native American Food Sovereignty, alliance she is the executive chief and founder of wild berries a community education in catering nonprofit. She's also a member of the hotel at a nation our pleasure to have her here. Alina. Welcome. Hello thank you for having me and Elaine as you're hearing the different folk share a little bit about going out and gathering, and we know you take things really seriously when it comes to cooking in understanding the fruits that are coming to us especially from the trees through nuts. And tell us a little bit about how you connect to all of this and keep these traditions going and understanding with finger to about ACORNS. Hopefully I definitely agree with everything that's been said when it comes to walking the earns a certain way and honoring the gifts that it provides and. I think that it's equally important to shed focus on wild goose that we've been able to. Have and preserve and. Share that knowledge and not just you know cultivated foods I think that some of the things that we face when it comes to gathering in our areas also is You know it is work and it isn't convenient and one point there. was really economically driven to be able to go to the grocery store. So I think being able to get back to the woods and to honor the traditional practices in a sustainable and responsible way while being able to connect to those. Flavors and textures that our ancestors shared in the same way it's it's something that I think is not only our responsibility, but it is a gift to be able to partake in. Things stewards of the land such an amazing way in feeding and nourishing our families and our communities. In so when you think about pessimists on especially in the kitchen in making sure that you know we are thinking of always including what we harvest or what we traditionally did why does that become a priority Elena? Our food was. Given to us the stories with these amazing song that I heard there it was beautiful and it really does give us a direct link not only to our ancestors but to our future generations and it's been a way that we've nourished our bodies and their spirits and in honor these. Things that were given to us the plants, the animals you know the beliefs and the teachings, and and it's just a wonderful way for us to be mindful like the trailer thing can present in. Our days instead of you know constantly thinking about tomorrow or what we need to do next week, we're able to take some time go to the woods and you know see the beauty of these harvests or to be able to share that with our clan foods and honor. Those gifts in ways that we have traditionally done for centuries and to make sure that they do continue to come back to us and that we are. Still keeping those traditions that you know keep us. Centered in our space In Ilana just tell me what is it like when you do get to taste some of these things especially something that's made from acorns what happens to you? I think that it's A flavor. That's indescribable. I think that there's an extra you know believer there. That people don't necessarily connect with until you've eaten foods that have been prepared traditionally and. I really believe that it's it's not about manipulating transforming. It's just about honoring those flavors the most textures you get. All. Of. Incredible nourishment because you know that when somebody went out to the woods and took the time to pick those or together that they had good feelings and intentions and that they were mindful and all of those feelings go into the process. Then the rinse things you know the. Making sure that it's the right consistency for what you need or even the preservation all of that care and attention goes into those ingredients so. When you are able to share that or you are able to taste it especially like I love going to different communities and being able to taste the flavors that the way they prepare them. You can't. You can't recreate that without the same intention in good heart feelings when you're in the kitchen and I think that that extra layer of flavor is something that. You know we all can kind of understand if we've had a meal like that. Or. Even you know remembering that right now now for us here at studio forty nine, it's almost lunch time I like when we do these shows right before lunch because then you're really thinking about you what it is, we're putting into our body in these different teachings that we have and when we get that moment to put that on our plate, how important it becomes. Then MS special who you're sharing that with maybe you have some thoughts on it, you can call in one, eight, hundred, nine, nine, six, two, eight, four, eight, other caller on the line. We're going to see how Gerald Ford Birth North Dakota Tuesday nine, Km, H H Gerald. Thank you for giving US Seraing you're on. Air Yeah Hello. Yeah can you hear me I hear you. Well, go for it oh okay. Yeah. I've been studying the Buffalo Bird woman book and my kind of splint My thoughts on it is that we need to have women stepped more into this role for treatment part recidivism part to get reconnected, finding identity and and do all this harvesting, drying corn, making cornball making berries, and all the things you talk about this really connects them to their identity who they are and get some of that mindset of. Of Not who they are who they really are. You know what I mean. 'cause you getting treatment, try to conform you there and try to tell you. You GotTa do it this way. But if you take them out to their identity to what Buffalo Bird woman was teaching about gardening 'cause you're rahm project what you do gardening And Corn Drying, Berry Picking Berries building a cash API. Drying staff why are these things and I believe? This is a part which really helps with a lot of treatment programs. That's how I see it. In Gerald. I can relate to that too and just thinking about everything that goes into processing some of this and some of your homeboy moments come from harvesting or even grinding corn you and that stone all let me tell you I can relate Gerald. Thank you for giving me a call here at native America calling and you know what? When we think about the many different nations that we represent here on these airwaves every day It's always nice when we get a chance to take a look at what? People are doing in the east north, west South and just hearing how they relate, and then also how some of these things differ and to give us one more perspective into another area of our indigenous nation Turtle Island. However, you see it, we're going to go to Baldwin City Kansas. We have Devon my he suwa on the line. She is a core beers price professor at the University of Kansas she's an enrolled citizen of the choctaw nation of Oklahoma our pleasure to have her here welcome to native America Calling Devon. In you. And Devin we have connected with you before thinking about ways to reconnect with their foods you new book coming out in November, recovering her ancestors, gardens, indigenous recipes in guide to diet in fitness, and so we know you know a lot and you thought deep about these different kinds of connections and hearing all of this great knowledge that's being shared here today I just want to give you a moment. What do you want to add to this great conversation? Well. These really have been great conversations and I'm really honored to be here. I think it's really important. You know in this day because anytime you turn on the news, there's something else just to add to our stress and our our great concern. It is so crucial that we protect what it is that we have, and we have to to know and understand how to respect the natural world because we are seeing today is extreme weather changes among many other things but are planting zones are changing. Drought floods rising humidity the water level is rising along the coastlines is probably going to get worse. We're seeing more undesirable insects and the loss of the pollinators that we need. The heat is increasing. We need more water We're starting to see more and more fires obviously the insects, plants, animals they have to survive. So where are they going to go and the indication is many of these things are moving north and so so is our planting zones. And the other thing that is disconcerting is that people have to be someplace they are trying to avoid potentially dangerous areas. So people are moving more and more, and when we get more people into the unpopulated area where we're gonNA, see more depletion and more displacement of the plants and animals. And is climate change is really driven by politics and money, which is a topic I guess for several more of your shows. But we have to find ways to make our resources available and sustainable. So what is that? What does that mean that we need be doing We do need to become politically active I. think we need to try to get our tried to support. The grass roots efforts because many of these efforts that we're seeing the farms and the food movement it is coming from individuals or groups of people that have taken a great interest in this and they are taking the initiative, but they really deemed do need the backing I think of their tribes. We need to try to educate educate ourselves educate each other educate our children you know our future generations. So. You know there's a lot of things that we can be doing, but that's just kind of a a general statement and you know something connected to what you're bringing up is also over harvesting and just hearing our guest talking about you know being mindful the her mother being mindful of there's going to be people coming after US and thinking of them and making space. For them to is also important with all of this and Devin when we think about everything that happens throughout the year how it affects it and and even the right to you know harvest in certain areas when things are marked off and we're told we can't go there to gather that brings up a whole issue to in what we are not being able to have access. To and how that also cuts into culture and there's so much and when we are out there, sometimes these conversations do happen where we talk about some of these things that do perplex or in the way of US carrying on her culture in this different way and it's really important and I'm glad you connected all of that. What we're talking about today has a space. And Devon, we know you know a lot about food in. I'd like to definitely get some time in talking about the nutrients, all of these different things that we harvest during this time of year especially when we talk about nuts and the things, it's giving to us that no other plant Ken no other food can give us a little bit of what we're getting when we are. Consuming some of these nuts and if there's one that's particular to your own tribal nation, go hidden chat about that too. Well among the TAWES in southeast prior to their removal to Indian territory and the eighteen thirty they had a lot of trees they really depended on from Walnuts Hickory Oak Beach Pecans acorns course the oak trees, and fortunately after their removal, they had access to those sites those same trees. And the nuts that they gathered were so crucial for just about every dish that they created Because as you know, the chalk does were agricultural tribe and they were also hunters but every time they made a corn dish like ten Fulla, which is. Called Corn Mush they added Hickory oil to it. And my favorite is cons my family group contres and cons from my mom and when I make Tesla I, put the Pecans in there and the longer they cook they they will fall apart and that adds not only the flavor fat. You know the good fat to your food and also these treaties same trees You could use many parts of them in order to pound are corn make a key, which is a mortar we hickory wood because it had the best flavor. Maple they didn't like that at all it has Kinda funky tastes apparently, but it's just the trees and these nut trees and the other plants were just so essential and everything as you said, is just connected to each other and you know you get more and more nutrients than more these things that you can combine and it tastes pretty good to. In what about all of this feeding into our overall health? Well you know your overall health anytime. You can get away from processed foods. Of course, you're going to be better off, but it's also. Understanding what was it that your tribe eight historically this way you become more culturally connected and I think mentally and emotionally he starts feeling better and and because you know about you try your honoring your tribe and it is our responsibility to do that, and it's our responsibility to learn as much as we can to pass it on to pass on the traditions and the ceremonies and to protect it again. While, we have learned a lot today and even of course, if people do want to connect with what you're putting out there or your book, that's coming out in November where can they find you? I think it's on Amazon, but it's it's been published by University of Nebraska Press and this time it's coming out in paperback, but it's also e-book and kindle. All, right. Well, you know there you go a lot to think about maybe you'll rethink that acorn when you see it somewhere or maybe this woke up stories that you haven't thought about in a long time you want to share them with us. You can. You can always email US comments at native America, calling, Dot Com and if there are more things that your community is harvesting during this season, maybe you do something in the winter we are always looking to take a closer look at what is important to us. Culturally, there's a show you'd like to suggest an elder that you. Think we need to talk to go ahead and reach out. You can reach me t gatewood at native America Calling Dot Com, and thank you to everybody we heard from today chairman, Amber Tories Twyla cast for Emily Bergougnoux a Terry and Devon My He Suwa tomorrow. We hope you'll join us for September book of the month where we dive into the pages of Joanna be gay chromos book becoming Miss Navajo. 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