Join us, Sunday, Oct. 27th from 9:30AM - 4PM (SOLD OUT)

“Restoring Our Food & Culture Through the Natural World” will be an engaging and transformative cultural experience as two Internationally known Potawatomi women -Robin Wall Kimmerer (Author, Speaker, Educator) and Loretta Barrett Oden (Indigenous Chef, Food Historian, and Cultural Advocate) share their insights and beliefs on their deep connection to the natural world, reciprocity, and how food sovereignty is vital for a thriving culture.

In addition to the insightful presentations, the day will include a progression of “Mindful Tastings” created by Chef Barrett Oden. Guests will experience a slow process of tasting Indigenous delights, while creating community, and learning from the messages of our guest speakers.

As a way to build bridges and create connections, local community members will also be joining us, sharing their life’s work, as they progress from table to table, enjoying Indigenous tastings.


Thanks to support by Rochester Area Community Foundation and the Upper New York United Methodist Church Cady Grant


This event is SOLD OUT- Thank you for your support!

Admission: $60/Non-Members, $50/Friends of Ganondagan Members (Seating is limited)

For questions regarding this event please call the Friends of Ganondagan at: (585)742-1690 or email
Sorry, no refunds


“I like to use the food as my tool for enlightening people in a gentle way. I think that in order to get to know another culture, in order to get to know other people, share the table with them.” - Loretta Barrett Oden (Potawatomi)

“The Earth Calls Us to Gratitude. Gratitude is founded on the deep knowing that our very existence relies on the gifts of other beings. The practice of gratitude can, in a very real way, lead to the practice of self-restraint, of taking only what you need. Practicing contentment is a radical act in a consumption-driven society.” - Robin Wall Kimmerer (Potawatomi)

Tentative Schedule

9:30 AM – Introduction/Opening

10:00 AM - Robin Wall Kimmerer

Book signing & Break time

Noon – Loretta Barrett Oden

12:30 PM – Mindful Tastings begins

1:00 PM – Mindful Tastings #2

1:30 PM – Mindful Tastings #3

2:00 PM – Mindful Tastings #4

2:30 PM – Break time/visit gift shop

2:45 PM - Mindful Sweet Tastings

3:15 PM - Final words from Loretta and Robin

3:45 PM - Q & A

4:00 PM - Final Book signing opportunity/visit gift shop

Braiding Sweetgrass; written by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Potawatomi), will be available for purchase in the Ganondagan giftshop.

Loretta Barrett Oden (Potawatomi)

The legendary Corn Dance Café in Santa Fe, New Mexico, was owned by Loretta Barrett Oden, a writer, television host, chef and advocate of Native American culture and cuisine. The upscale restaurant served pre-Columbian food throughout the ’90s to people who arrived from around the world seeking this “new” style of high-end cuisine. Barrett Oden is a founding council member of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, a nonprofit group working to ensure Native people are free to develop and grow their own food and food systems in traditional, tribal manners. She believes food sovereignty is important for carrying on tribal culture.

Robin Wall Kimmerer (Potawatomi)

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants, which has earned Kimmerer wide acclaim. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing, and her other work has appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. In 2015 addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on the topic of “Healing Our Relationship with Nature.” Kimmerer lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.