Booklet – Indigenous plants for resilient futures

“The work we do is about reviving indigenous knowledge and practice. And some say we revive culture. Or we want to become more cultural. And when we do so, we run the risk of being accused of living in the past or going back to the past, but I want to show you why going back to indigenous knowledge and practice and culture is the work of the future and not of the past. We work to revive indigenous knowledge, traditional ways of knowing and understanding. And at the very core of those traditions is the understanding of how everything is connected to one another. That the river is connected to the mountain, and the mountain is connected to the elephant, and the elephant is connected to the tree; the same tree that you and me are connected to. It is the original form of understanding how humans belong to this bigger community of life and so when we say, let’s go back, to learn from indigenous knowledge, we are saying let’s refer to that text, of our elders who used to do it, and who can remember the understanding of being connected, so that once again, from now as we go forward, we go forward in the mode of being connected to life.”
Method Gundidza

This booklet has been created as part of the project, ‘Decolonising food for health and sustainability’ (with support from The Goethe-Institut’s ‘Sustainable Together’ programme). It provides a small taste of the rich knowledge the trainers, speakers and participants brought to the live workshops and online event during the course of the project, with texts on ancestral food wisdom, the sacredness of plants, the uses of some indigenous plants, recipes and drawings. Please visit www.wewillalleat.org

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