At Stewards Jr we believe that it's essential for Indigenous children to learn the importance of sustainable practices to connect with the land and how to care for the environment. Our new program will offer community-centered field trips where children and families can learn about native practices like bison care, fishing, foraging, clamming, and practicing other important cultural skills. In addition, we aim to provide outdoor activities that promote environmental conservation, such as learning how to plant seedlings, and saplings, and community clean-up events that allow children to contribute positively to the environment and their community.
Our experienced guides will be members of the same communities we are working with, and teach Indigenous children the skills unique to their cultural practice. By learning about the importance of sustainability, they can develop an appreciation for the natural world and learn to become responsible stewards of the land. Each trip includes a community lunch where the families can socialize with other Stewards Jr. participants over a delicious meal. We aim to provide a valuable educational experience where they can develop important life skills and build a strong connection to their culture and community.
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Community Garden & Ethnobotany Project with the Shinnecock Nation
First foods will provide seeds, saplings, starter roots, or starter seedlings of native plants to be transplanted by Shinnecock Youth interns on their reservation lands. New bushes will include blueberries, elderberries and wood strawberries. The day will covene with a community lunch.
Fishing & Clamming Excursion with the Shinnecock Nation
First foods will provide seeds, saplings, starter roots, or starter seedlings of native plants to be transplanted by Shinnecock Youth interns on their reservation lands. New bushes will include blueberries, elder berries and wood strawberries. The day will covene with a community lunch.
First Foods Family Day at Sly Fox Den Restaurant
Join us for Native family day with Grinding Stone Collective at Sly Fox Den restaurant. Gain insights from James Beard Award-winning Chef Sherry Pocknett (Mashpee Wampanoag) in an elder teach-in on Wampanoag food culture. Brandon Ruiz (Taino) of Yucayeke Farms will guide a plant rematriation and stewardship workshop using native plants. Also, help beautify the land by helping us plant delicious native edible plants!
On the importance of TEK
[aka Traditional Ecological Knowledge]
Stewards leverages the importance of TEK, the world's oldest technology and our original big data. By bridging the gap between the old ways and the new, we are empowering Indigenous people across the nation to take back our food sovereignty. From the lessons of the three sisters to seasonal harvesting practices, we can eliminate the food crisis and scarcity. We are ensuring that the generation has the knowledge to make it happen. For decades, Traditional Ecological Knowledge has allowed indigenous communities to thrive even in the aftermath of settler colonialism, now we want we will use this knowledge to restore the natural environment.
Our program can only grow through working directly with Stewards on the frontlines who are actively fighting against climate change, climate disasters and those who would stand in the way of our right to self determination. If you would like to help us grow this program, please send us a message.