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Intersectionality of Critical Animal Studies

A Historical Collection

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Edited By Anthony J. Nocella II and Amber E. George

Intersectionality of Critical Animal Studies: A Historical Collection represents the very best that the internationally scholarly Journal for Critical Animal Studies (JCAS) has published in terms of articles that are written by public critical scholar-activists-organizers for public critical scholar-activists-organizers. This move toward publishing pieces about engaging social change, rather than high-theoretical detached analysis of nonhuman animals in society, is to regain focus for liberation at all costs. The essays in this collection focus on intersectionality scholarship within the realm of Critical Animal Studies, and discuss issues related to race, gender, disability, class, and queerness. Not only are these articles historically significant within the field of Critical Animal Studies, but they are integral to the overall social justice movement. Intersectionality of Critical Animal Studies: A Historical Collection should be read by anyone interested in the Critical Animal Studies field, as we consider them to be classic writings that should be respected as foundational texts. There are many interesting and innovative texts, but these are historical, not only because they were published in JCAS, but because they were among the first to publish on a particular intersectional issue.

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Chapter Fourteen: Ecological Indigenous Foodways and the Healing of All Our Relations (Claudia Serrato)

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CHAPTER FOURTEEN

Ecological Indigenous Foodways and the Healing of All Our Relations

CLAUDIA SERRATO

 

In discussing critical animal liberties, food and health an ecological indigenous justice framework or lens is crucial, for it provides a practical community-determined pathway, liberating living species and earth-centered eco-cosmologies particularly the human body from food-related diseases. As an academic I have been trained to report research findings using a linear non-relational method which is viewed as the proper way of presenting research which is inextricably linked to European imperialism and coloniality (Smith, 1999). Therefore, as a Xicana Indigena accountable to all my relations (land, water, animals, seeds, and human bodies) this chapter is written through an indigenous research paradigm, which places indigena beliefs and principles or epistemology in the frontline by implementing a decolonial methodology of storytelling (Smith, 1999; Wilson, 2008).

Did you know that prior to the arrival of those on floating boats in the lands today we call Mexico geographic foodways or gastronomias were fruitfully diverse and abundant with hundreds of colorful fruits, vegetables, legumes, flora, and slithering, winged and small two- and four-legged creatures? Human bodies were physically fit and ate sustainably, for calpullis or working communities’ gathered, cultivated, harvested, grinded, and preserved foods such as maize, beans, calavasitas, jitomates, aguacates, chiles, semolina, pumpkin, amaranto y chia seeds. Land, sky, and water animals including insect flesh were eaten sparingly, seasonally, and ceremonially like wild turkeys, ducks, birds, rabbit,...

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