Building an Indigenous Foods Knowledges Network Through Relational Accountability

  • Mary Beth Jäger University of Arizona https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3380-5502
  • Daniel B. Ferguson University of Arizona
  • Orville Huntington Tanana Chiefs Conference
  • Michael Kotutwa Johnson University of Arizona
  • Noor Johnson University of Colorado
  • Amy Juan Sovereign Remedies LLC
  • Shawna Larson Chickaloon Village Traditional Council
  • Peter Pulsifer National Snow and Ice Data Center, CIRES
  • Tristan Reader University of Arizona
  • Colleen Strawhacker University of Colorado https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3939-8445
  • Althea Walker University of Arizona
  • Denali Whiting Alaska Humanities Forum
  • Jamie Wilson University of Arizona
  • Janene Yazzie Sixth World Solutions
  • Stephanie Russo Carroll University of Arizona https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8996-8071
  • and the rest of the Indigenous Foods Knowledges Network Indigenous Foods Knowledges Network
Keywords: Indigenous Food Sovereignty, Governance, Arctic, Indigenous Knowledge, Networks, U.S. Southwest

Abstract

In recent decades, there has been a movement toward rectifying injustices and developing collab­orations between Indigenous communities and mainstream researchers to address environmental challenges that are of concern to Indigenous Peo­ples. This movement, primarily driven by Indige­nous community leaders and scholars, emphasizes community-driven research that addresses Indige­nous People’s interests, foregrounds Indigenous Knowledge systems, and both respects and asserts Indigenous sovereignty. This article describes a nascent model in the movement—the Indigenous Foods Knowledges Network (IFKN)—designed to connect Indigenous communities and scholars across the Arctic and the U.S. Southwest. IFKN’s goal is to foster a network of Indigenous leaders, citizens, and scholars who are focused on research and community capacity related to food sover­eignty and resilience. IFKN members collectively work to promote and carry out research that (1) utilizes Indigenous research processes, (2) embraces and respects Indigenous Knowledge sys­tems, and (3) supports Indigenous communities (IFKN, 2018). The authors discuss relational accountability and centering of story, which form the foundation for the methodological approaches and work of IFKN.

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Author Biographies

Mary Beth Jäger, University of Arizona

Native Nations Institute at the Udall Center for Public Policy

Daniel B. Ferguson , University of Arizona

Institute of the Environment

Orville Huntington, Tanana Chiefs Conference

Fairbanks, Alaska

Michael Kotutwa Johnson, University of Arizona

School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Noor Johnson, University of Colorado

National Snow and Ice Data Center, CIRES

Amy Juan, Sovereign Remedies LLC

Sells, Arizona USA

Shawna Larson, Chickaloon Village Traditional Council

Chicaloon, Alaska, USA

Peter Pulsifer, National Snow and Ice Data Center, CIRES

Peter Pulsifer is now at Carleton University.

Tristan Reader, University of Arizona

American Indian Studies and McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship

Colleen Strawhacker, University of Colorado

National Snow and Ice Data Center, CIRES

Althea Walker, University of Arizona

Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center

Denali Whiting, Alaska Humanities Forum

Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Jamie Wilson, University of Arizona

Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Janene Yazzie, Sixth World Solutions

Lupton, Arizona, USA

Stephanie Russo Carroll, University of Arizona

Native Nations Institute at the Udall Center for Public Policy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

and the rest of the Indigenous Foods Knowledges Network, Indigenous Foods Knowledges Network

University of Colorado & University of Arizona

Published
2019-12-09
How to Cite
Jäger, M. B., Ferguson, D., Huntington, O., Johnson, M., Johnson, N., Juan, A., Larson, S., Pulsifer, P., Reader, T., Strawhacker, C., Walker, A., Whiting, D., Wilson, J., Yazzie, J., Carroll, S., & Foods Knowledges Network, I. (2019). Building an Indigenous Foods Knowledges Network Through Relational Accountability. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 9(B), 45-51. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2019.09B.005

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