06-08 Foodways and Identity in Faith, Family, and Folktales

Friday, November 03, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Forum Suite

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the Foodways Section

Chair: Rachelle H. Saltzman (Folklore & Public Culture, U of Oregon)

2:30 pm
Why I Care So Much About Huckleberry Pie, and Why You Should Care About Your Food Traditions, too.
Jessica Oravetz (University of Oregon)

3:00 pm
Foodways and Identity in Faith, Family, and Fiction
Ben Widdison (University of Oregon)

3:30 pm
“Like Sharing Memories”: Liberal Church Cookbooks as Reflections of Inclusivity, Gender, and Community
Melanie McNeil (University of Oregon)

4:00 pm
Chichiquilli for Miccailhuitl: Teaching community through tamales in Huastec story and practice
Salma Valadez-Marquez (University of Oregon)

Our food traditions define and recreate cultural identity. Foodways change as individuals migrate, as communication methods change, and when groups interact. Traditional foods carry the imprint of many authors. We write and rewrite the stories of who we are in our dishes. Whether we compile our recipes and wisdom into family cookbooks, learn from our mothers and grandmothers or our fathers and grandfathers, find them in faith communities, or recover erased or endangered identities through our foods and folktales, they transmit values and reflect changing tastes. This panel explores traditions in flux and focuses on how food can serve as an identity marker.