.News Update 9/19/08

Two Upcoming Community Events: The Symposium for Sustainable Food and Seed Sovereignty and The Gathering for Mother Earth

September 19, 2008

Two important community events will be held in Northern New Mexico next weekend. The first is the Third Annual Symposium for Sustainable Food and Seed Sovereignty, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 26 and 27, at Tesuque Pueblo. www.foodandseedconference.info. The second is the Twelfth Annual Gathering for Mother Earth: Honoring Youth and Elders for a Nuclear-Free Future, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28, at Pojoaque Ben's Gathering Grounds. www.tewawomenunited.org.

Tewa Women United organizes the annual Gathering, which this year is "A Call for Community Unity," in which participants are asked to tap into the passion of love and light in natural laws to create community unity in a world anew. Many other community-based organizations and peoples who are experiencing the effects of living around nuclear production cycle sites will join in the wisdom of "Community Unity."

Each Gathering has a color theme. This year's color is Maroon, which connects us with the Earth for healing to begin.

Through the Gathering, Tewa Women United and many community organizations are celebrating and honoring creative thoughts in the cultural way of giving thanks to the Spirit of Allness in natural law. They say that right now Mother Earth and all her life giving forms need loving care to support us on our life journeys. They encourage all cultures, all ages, schools, communities and families to bring intergenerational thinking to this holistic event. Activities will include the annual Tsankawi Relay Run, a youth tent, healing arts, ecological safety workshops and talking circles, health related information sharing, solar cooking, arts and crafts and raffle prizes.

The Saturday communal meal entrees will include the traditional "sister" foods of beans, corn, squash and other fresh garden treats with buffalo, salmon, elk and more. The Gathering will begin with a sunrise ceremony on Saturday and end with closing activities at 2 pm on Sunday. For more information, please call 505 747-3259.

The Third Annual Symposium for Sustainable Food and Seed Sovereignty is collaboratively organized and produced by the Institute of Natural and Traditional Knowledge (INTK)/Native Earth Bioculture Council and the Pueblo of Tesuque Agricultural Resources Department.

The Symposium will include internationally renowned speakers, as well as local and regional experts in the areas of food security and sustainable ecology. Activities include a heritage seed exchange, as well as panels on youth issues in the 21st century, food and nutrition, water issues and traditional farming, land restoration and medicinal herbs. A vendor market, featuring natural earth friendly products, information and services, will also takes place.

An important theme of the Symposium is developing a pro-active community response in support of sustainable communities, ecologies, health and indigenous spiritual practices. The organizers hope that the events will contribute tremendously toward the goal of making the entire nation aware of the need for sustainable agriculture and the genetic modified food issue. For more information, please call 505 955-7723.

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