Are you interested in attending, hosting, or contributing to a gathering? Still have some questions? Check out our Q&A for insights and information! If you still have questions, please contact us!
Who attends gatherings?
The Braiding the Sacred committee works closely with the host nation to identify Native Corn growers in the region and send personal invitations. Everyone who attends joins a close-knit network of seed keepers who recognize the inherent sacredness of seeds. Braiding the Sacred supports the sharing of seeds between traditional growers and explicitly denounces the sale of seed.
Why are seeds sacred?
We encourage people to return to the traditional way of gifting and barter, of improved subsistence, so you always have a way of producing something of value, such as seeds or wild game. We also believe seeds are alive; they have a spirit. Selling them cheapens their inherent spiritual value and enters them into the system of commodities and capitalism. Even in gifting or bartering for seeds it’s important to know who receives them and what their intentions are.
How can allies support our work?
Braiding the Sacred welcomes the support of allies in securing funding to continue our work. Our administrative overhead is minimal and only covers travel for our committee members to attend the gatherings and website upkeep. All other funds support community gatherings and food sovereignty tools and supplies.
Do gatherings involve youth and Elders?
Each event gathers youth and elders from nearby Nations to take part in talking circles, traditional crafts and activities, and tending Corn. Elders hold a special place of respect within our communities and our work, and they hold key pieces of information that the youth readily absorb. These linkages between the next generation of leaders and elders heal intergenerational trauma while passing on traditions.