A collage of a mortar and pestle juxtaposed next to a selection of green and ripe plantains

Afro-Indigenous Histories of Food and Gardening: Garifuna Plant Knowledge, Past and Present

Friday, October 29, 2021

Online | 11 a.m. EDT

Exiled from their Caribbean homeland of Saint Vincent in the late 18th century, Garifuna Indigenous communities settled around the world. From Central America to England and The Bronx, Garifuna people have cultivated unique and vibrant culinary and medical traditions.

The third in a series of Foodways Workshops, devoted to the food and beverage traditions of particular Bronx communities, this event features Bronx Community organizer and leading Garifuna culinary expert Isha Sumner, along with noted scholars of Afro-Caribbean culture Julie Chun Kim, Associate Professor of English at Fordham University, and Christina Welch, Lecturer in Religion and Death Studies at the University of Winchester, UK. Together, they will explore and personalize Garifuna food, knowledge, and uses of plants as defining elements of their culture and identity.

Presented by the Humanities Institute with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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