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Shared Food, Shared Land

The Southwest is a land of a long history of being a food culture, from Hohokom’s farming traditions to Hopi dryland farming, to O’odhom’s saguaro fruit harvests, to various corn dishes. Yet today, many of the region’s inhabitants are unaware of this history. Indigenous communities, as well as today’s new migrants, established and continue to bring their food heritage. Our workshop is an invitation to share this food together, to reconnect to our senses, to reconnect to this land and the people in it.

The workshop will occur 3-4 times throughout the day, and participants will be invited to engage with local and indigenous food makers and storytellers from around Arizona. We will be seated at a table and will first prepare parts of a meal together; this might include removing fruits from the stem, chopping, mashing, etc., as we talk about the food, its origins and health benefits, and explore how people relate to it. The task-oriented nature of the interaction creates a sense of connection between the participants, the food, and one another. The food preparation will follow a concentric circle structure, in which each station of preparation moves the participants further outward, allowing them to see the remnants of the work they have done. The workshop will end with an optional tasting session of the food, some of which will be partially pre-prepared. Each group will be considered a “generation” who is preparing food both for themselves and for subsequent generations, connecting the cohorts of participants together across time.

If interested to learn more about our speakers and participate please click the following link and RSVP in the website

Arina Melkozernova

Arina Melkozernova has an interdisciplinary background in digital humanities, intermedia, and biology. Arina is pursuing her doctorate in Arizona State University’s Comparative Languages and Culture program.

Phil Weaver-Stoesz

Phil Weaver-Stoesz works as a theatre director, arts educator, and creative facilitator. He develops new performances in collaboration with scientists and artists, and is the founder of Catalyst, a creative company that specializes in science communication and community artmaking.

Danica Rosengren

Danica Rosengren is a theatre artist, educator, and facilitator dedicated to supporting and uplifting communities. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in fine arts in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University.

Sara El-Sayed

Sara is pursing her Ph.D in food system sustainability and is a researcher at The Biomimicry Center with Dayna Baumeister on Life’s Principles. She is co-founder of Nawaya a social enterprise working to transition small scale farmer communities in Egypt into more sustainable ones through education and research. She is also co-founder of Dayma a […]