Traditional Foods & Food Sovereignty Oral History Project

In summer and fall 2016, Saokio Heritage conducted an assessment of historic and contemporary ecological knowledge and traditional foods on the Blackfeet Reservation in Northern Montana. This type of community assessment has never been done on the Blackfeet Reservation.

Unfortunately, many of the people with traditional knowledge and who continue to use this traditional foods — elders — are passing away. This is why documenting, recording and disseminating this knowledge to the next generation is more vital now than ever. 

We hope to revitalize interest and use of in traditional ecological food knowledge among the Blackfeet people and improve the health of our community.

Oral History (68 pages): Ahwahsiin (The Land/Where We Get Our Food): Traditional Foods and Contemporary Food Sovereignty on the Blackfeet Reservation

Pamphlet (2 pages): Blackfeet Plants 101: An Intro to Using Plants & Decolonizing Your Life

Advocacy Guide

In fall 2017 we created an advocacy guide for individuals who want to see food sovereignty and traditional foods use increase in our community — but they do not know where to start.

Saokio Heritage started with our elders. How do we take their ideas into action? Based on suggestions from elders, the guide discusses policy changes for local communities and how to advocate at the federal level to help revitalize traditional food use and community health.

NEW Advocacy Guide (44 pages): Sokapsksino (to know completely): Advocacy Guide for Food Sovereignty and Food Security on the Blackfeet Reservation

**This guide is not meant to be a detailed guide for tribal governments to develop policy or negotiate with the federal government. (There are several existing comprehensive policy guides for tribal governments, which are listed in resources section).**

 

Saokio Heritage food sovereignty projects were funded with generous support from the First Nations Development Institute.