Historically, Native American’s
and other indigenous peoples e
volved in harmony with
the environment. The vast myriad
of rivers, watersheds, landforms, vegetation and climatic zones worked together to shape and form Native American and Indigenous food and fiber production and utilization systems In brief, all parts of their food systems were interrelated and functioned inseparable in a healthy interdependent manner.
To the Native American, water was living foundation of all life. The degree to which it can support life depends on the degree of life force in the water. It can be vibrantly alive or it can be barely alive. Therefore, Living Water implies something more that than living water. It implies the life of water can be destroyed and hopefully restored. Unfortunately, much of the water on the planet today has been mistreated to the point that its life hangs by a drop. It is no longer able to support the Earth’s life forms at optimal levels.Recent research indicates that present day foods are inadequate and often harmful to the health of all members of modern society,
It is now recognized that man is facing a world water and food crisis. These two issues are critically linked because only 3% of the water on earth is fresh water. If the world food system continues to consume water at current rates there will not be adequate fresh water to meet the future needs. Inadequate food and water will have the greatest impaction on people in poverty.
Unfortunately Native American and other indigenous people around the world are experiencing the highest levels of poverty and inadequate levels of food and water. This puts them at the sharp edge of the knife in fighting for sustainability. Their present agricultural production practices are seasonal and dependent on large land acreage, irrigation water, expensive equipment and hydrocarbon fuels.