THE I-COLLECTIVE PRESENTS: AN INDIGENOUS HARVEST POP UP
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24-25 | THE PIXIE AND THE SCOUT KITCHEN
A Thanksgiving intervention | A celebration of pre-colonial tradition | An innovative food sovereignty project
The I-Collective is an autonomous group of indigenous chefs, activists, herbalists, seed and knowledge keepers from across North, Central, and South America. We combine ancestral knowledge with modern techniques to create thoughtful dishes that reflect our rich tribal histories, reclaim ownership of our indigenous ingredients, and empower the next generation.
Our work is guided by indigenous values that prioritize balance and reciprocity for all living things. For us, “thanksgiving” is not a singular event- we gather regularly to appreciate changing seasons and renew our sacred connections to the land and each other. Together, let’s celebrate a new Thanksgiving with an indigenous framework: collective promotion of a healthy food system that values people, traditional knowledge, and the planet over profit.
During Thanksgiving, a time that most Americans are gathering to celebrate a nostalgic story that erases this country’s history of genocide, the I-Collective pop up offers a different narrative that highlights indigenous communities’ resilience as well as their innovations in gastronomy, agriculture, the arts, and society at large. Strengthening inter-tribal relationships with food, agriculture, and technology are key components in their work to revise Thanksgiving in the American imagination and present a more truthful history.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24 AT 7 PM
A Multi-Course Meal Featuring Chefs Brian Yazzie [Navajo], Hillel Echo-Hawk [Pawnee/Athabaskan] & Neftali Duran [Mixteco] // Dinner will be scored by Storyteller, Rachel Sayet [Mohegan] and a Drum Chorus.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25 FROM 3PM TO 9PM
The I-Collective presents a Chef Collaboration -- culinary samples, stories and sounds. Come meet the larger team of chefs, activists, herbalists, seed and knowledge keepers from across North, Central, and South America.
If you can't make it to one of I-Collective's events in NYC but you'd like to make a contribution toward their mission, you can do that here.