Tohono O'odham Community Action (TOCA) announced the launch on July 1, 2013, of the premiere issue of Native Foodways Magazine.  Published by TOCA, a community-based nonprofit on the Tohono O'odham Nation dedicated to the revitalization of culture and health, and partially funded by the USDA, this exciting publication features the many efforts underway to promote wellness in Native communities through the reinvigoration of traditional foodways.

Each issue will showcase traditional foods with how to’s, recipes and chef profiles and feature the communities, programs and individuals who are part of this exciting Native foodways movement.

Native Foodways…

  • Tells the stories of Native farmers & gardeners... fishers & hunters... foragers & wildcrafters... chefs & home cooks.
  • Shares the inspiring community efforts to preserve traditional foods & vibrant cultural food traditions.
  • Explores beautiful artistic expression related to food.
  • Provides recipes and resources for cooking healthy & tasty meals.
  • Documents the impact of national & global food policies on Native communities.
  • Showcases the fiction & poetry of food as a cultural expression.
  • Promotes Native food sovereignty.

Contributors to the premiere issue include Winona LaDuke, Native American Culinary Association Founder Nephi Craig, food historian Loretta Barrett Oden, poet Simon Ortiz and photographer Lois Ellen Frank.  Five thousand complimentary issues of the magazine will be distributed to Native wellness programs and efforts throughout the United States. Paid subscriptions can be ordered through the website, http://www.nativefoodways.org/.  More details about the premiere issue are on the magazine’s Facebook page.