DULUTH,MN – Community members in Duluth had the opportunity to attend a unique new event on Saturday, the Indigenous Foods Expo.
Free and open to the public, the first-time event gave attendees a chance to try various indigenous foods, check out art by indigenous artists, and try out cultural arts activities, and games.
The event was moved indoors due to rain but that didn’t stop hundreds of people from attending.
The goal is to bring awareness to the new Niiwin Indigenous Market and to further share native culture with the community.
“Food is what ties people to their culture a lot of the time. Indigenous food in particular is food that was grown around here.. and so people live here for thousands of years and continue to this day to live here and when you think about it, it’s like what did they live off of? And so we’re sharing that knowledge that’s not necessarily lost but not shared,” Moira Villiard said.
The Niiwin indigenous foods market will be a cafe, community space, and a grocery store open to the public in the downtown area. The goal is for it to open by the end of 2020.