‘Twila’


Twila Cassadore, from the Western Apache Diet Project. Twila has been working with San Carlos Apache, White Mountain Apache, and Yavapi peoples for the past 25 years, conducting interviews with elders to bring information back into the community to address health and social problems. Twila described the importance of foods like grass seeds and acorn seeds to the diets of Apaches before people were moved onto reservations and became reliant on rations, and later, commodities. She highlighted, “it took a community to do this. Not individual, not going to the grocery store and buying a bag of flour. You had to wait for the season for mother earth to offer to you.” (Photo by Elizabeth Hoover)

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