We Are Not a Trend – Stop “Columbusing” Food

Every year there’s a new food trend or find. And every year we have to remind people that you can’t find something that already exists.

And reducing a deeply spiritual food culture to its trend potential or its nutritive value is another example of a phenomenon called “Columbusing” — the practice among white people of acting as if something created by people of color didn’t exist until they took note of it, like the intrepid explorer who “discovered” America, where indigenous people had been living for centuries.

Maura Judkis writes in her article about the latest “trend” in American Food, Native American food. Chefs Sherman and Bitsoie offer differing views on how Native culture and food are being colonized all over again.

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