This Nonprofit is Providing Native American Communities With Access to Nutrient-Dense, Culturally Affirming Foods—and It's Helping People Eat Healthier
The Cultural Conservancy supports Native Americans in eating well, indigenous style, by focusing on the protection and revitalization of Indigenous cultures and ancestral lands.
Salmon Nation refers to the land stretching along the Pacific coast from Alaska to Northern California. Coho salmon once populated the small creeks and large rivers that feed San Francisco Bay and braided a salmon tapestry along the riverine basins of the North Coast Mountains. Salmon is a precious fish relative, an integral part of Indigenous communities in this region, and its protection is an act of resistance. Melissa K. Nelson, chair of The Cultural Conservancy, a nonprofit based in California's Bay Area, shared this recipe featuring wild salmon paired with another food native to North America—chokecherries, a shrub belonging to the rose family. The astringent cherries are commonly made into jellies, preserves and syrups; the latter is used to glaze this salmon. This recipe is part of our spotlight, There's a Movement to Revitalize Indigenous Cuisines and Knowledge—Here's Why That Matters.