Below is an understanding of Tȟaló Wašté, or "good meat"
presented by student and parent Floris White Bull.
Click Link above for Floris's Full Presentation.
Traditionally and today we hunt. In doing so we participate in the ceremony of life. Energy is exerted to chase our meat. Prayers are said and thanks is given to the animal forit giving it's life to sustain our families. There is a respect given. These animals have lives that they live. They are still a part of the land and are a part of life's cycles.
Many of the cattle that are born into slaughterhouses live strictly for the purpose of being slaughtered. They are kept in confined spaces, fed, and injected with hormones and antibiotics. Their lives are given no prayer or respect, no thanks. Their lives are taken so unceremoniously. There is a whole disconnection of where our food comes from today.
When we think of costs of eating buffalo as opposed to buffalo,
price can be a reason as to why we do not make this a viable
choice to feed our families. One way to put into context is serving
size. A serving size of meat for an adult is about the size of a stack
of cards. With this knowledge, having a healthier choice of protein is doable. Diabetes is prevalent in our communities. A part of that is due to our diet. With awareness of serving size, healthier choices, and exercise (which can be counted in hunting), we can help make our communities healtier.
Sitting Bull College students participated in a course entitled "Indigenous Perspectives of Food" for the Fall 2016 semester. This course examined the roles of indigenous peoples in historical and contemporary food systems and analyzed concepts such as safety, security, sustainability, and spirituality as they pertain to Native communities and food. This course also offered hands on experience in meal planning, food harvesting, and food preparation in a contemporary Native context.