Cultivating Traditional Health

Cultivating Traditional Health

Recent research and long held traditions around health and food have challenged conventional practices of making available and promoting high carbohydrate, sugary, processed foods for convenience and economy. Some studies now conclude that animal fats have more to do with maintaining good health than eating the previously recommended low fat diet. Traditional Indigenous diets clearly show how eating from one’s own environment suits our overall well being and health. The experiences of our ancestors also has been shown to inform our own genetics, affecting our present day to day life. In this episode of Deep Roots Island Waves, Producer Manda Aufochs Gillespie links place, food, genetic history and health for insight into possibilities for understanding how we’re much more than we eat.” Klahoose canoe Tl’emtl’ems leaves Squirrel Cove, Cortes Island, for the Paddle to Puyallop on July 14, 2018 - Roy L Hales photo Cultivating Traditional Health by Manda Aufochs Gillespie, Deep Roots Island Waves Traditional Health & Epigenetics “This story of salmon boy is a fantastical creation myth and it is a story of how essential animals were to one indigenous community. Or how the health of a people in intricately connected to the health of their food source. This connection is behind one of today’s newest science buzzwords, epigenetics. “Epigenectics is the study of how the expression of our genes can be turned up or down by environmental factors. We are learning that things we once considered hardwired, such as our tendency towards obesity, heart disease and even schizophrenia can be influenced by our grandparent’s diets or something like our great grandparent’s exposure to certain chemicals, or...
Preserve/ Preserve/ Reserve

Preserve/ Preserve/ Reserve

“It’s a mouth-watering touring through time in this piece as I explore how the preservation of food and culture are connected on and off the Reserve. Pull up a chair, all are welcome at the table as we learn about smoking salmon, stringing herring, and why all important events start with sharing a meal.” - Manda Aufochs Gillespie Preserve/Preserve/Reserve Preserve/Preserve/Reserve by Manda Aufocus Gillespie, Deep Roots Island Waves It’s that time of year at Kookpa’s house!
Today’s phrase of the day is 
ɬaɬganačɛnsəm ta ɬagət hoy šɛmatč.
tlatl’gah’na’chensum ta tla’gut hoy sheh’mat’ch
I will thread the herring and then dry it. The elder in this recording is Dave DominickPlease click on this link to listen https://fv.nuxeocloud.com/…/No…/Sliammon/learn/phrases/50885 - ~from Koosen Pielle, language preservationist. I’d like to thank Yvonne Louie, Koosen Pielle, Tiffany Jamieson, Sally Fallon Morrell, Morgan Tams, Odette Auger, and Jacqueline Mathieu for help creating this story through the gifts of their time, stories, passion, and clam chowder.  Manda Aufochs-Gillespie is a health writer, author of the Green Mama series of books (Dundurn), and publisher of the award-winning website thegreenmama.com, Manda LOVES writing about, talking about and, of course, eating food! It’s been a dream getting to write for radio, meet and interview some of my heroes, and explore deeper my Cortes home while putting together this piece for Cortes radio. Thanks to each and everyone who took the time to share a bit of their story in shaping this...