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Sheep Camp Proposal


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The intention of ASU Sheep Camp is to provide ASU students, and the greater Phoenix community, with opportunities to participate in the indigenous food sovereignty movement occurring in indigenous communities globally.

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Sheep Camp Proposal

  1. 1. ASU Sheep Camp A Proposal To: ASU Community Members Spring 2014 BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY OF PHOENIX, AZ
  2. 2. March 23, 2014 ASU Sheep Camp is Here! An experience no student will forget. The intention of ASU Sheep Camp is to provide ASU students, and the greater Phoenix community, with opportunities to participate in the indigenous food sovereignty movement occurring in indigenous communities globally. By supporting ASU Sheep Camp, an indigenous food harvesting celebration, ASU students will have the opportunity to highlight approaches to sustainability that indigenous peoples’ holistic practices embraced centuries before the coming of western civilization. ASU Sheep Camp will work hard to ensure that tribal nation’s best interests are being met. Through research and community involvement we promise to deliver a culturally appropriate, and opportunity engaging event, that will further the integration of indigenous food systems in to local communities. Food sovereignty? Food sovereignty! “Food sovereignty” is defined as the right people have to sustain their own food systems. Since colonialism, Native food systems and traditional ecological knowledge have undergone intense scrutiny. In the past 100 years the government’s solution for many Native communities has been assimilation, or the process by which language and culture conform to that of another group. This assimilation process also encompasses our food systems, mostly dominated now by corporations. Instead of conforming to the demands of a corporate food market, ASU Sheep Camp empowers students, and other community members, to come up with innovative ways to keep local ecosystems and indigenous communities unique, healthy, and sustainable. Overall, the primary focus of ASU Sheep Camp is to help participants better understand the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual value of food. For days leading up to the harvest workshops, seminars, and other motivationally inspiring activities will be held that focus on the importance of implementing traditional ecological knowledge in to our local food systems. We look forward to inviting speakers from across the indigenous community to share with us their projects. The opportunities to learn from one another are endless as the entire harvest will be documented and available online. The whole ASU, Phoenix, and global community are invited to share in this extraordinary event! BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY OF PHOENIX, AZ. Navajo Sheep Culture “Navajo philosophy, spirituality, and sheep are intertwined like wool in the strongest weaving. Sheep symbolize the Good Life, living in harmony and balance on the land. Before the Navajo acquired sheep on this continent, they held the idea of Sheep in their genetic memory from thousands of years ago.” - Glenna Bitsoi ( Although sheep are not inherently from Arizona, their presence has undoubtable shaped Navajo culture forever. Songs, stories, and prayers sent to the Navajo people by Spider Woman are meant to honor this special animal. By traditionally harvesting sheep, Navajo people are able to use all its parts to create everything from delicious mutton stew to the coveted Navajo rug. Their special techniques and products will be shared with everyone who attends ASU Sheep Camp.
  3. 3. Spring 2014 ASU Sheep Camp Agenda (March 17th – 21st) Workshops & Seminars The Basics of Navajo Rug Weaving Sacred land, Sacred food The History of Indigenous Farming Go Red! An answer to America’s Green Movement Projects Indigenous ASU students are involved in Sunday, March 23rd 5:00 am – Opening prayer Sunrise – Begin sheep harvest 11:00 am – Lunch is served 1:00 pm – Closing song and prayer Pictured above is Haskell Indian Nations University’s Wetlands Preservation Organization, a student club dedicated to saving the Wakarusa Wetlands in Lawrence, Kansas. In May of 2012, the WPO co-hosted Haskell’s Buffalo Harvest, an indigenous food harvesting celebration.
  4. 4. March 23, 2014 ASU SHEEP CAMP BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY OF PHOENIX, AZ. The Future of ASU Sheep Camp Join our team! In order to run a successful sheep harvest we need a variety of team members and volunteers. Depending on how many sheep will be harvested will determine the actual number of people needed. Core members should include a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), a Chief Harvest Coordination Officer (CHCO), a Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and an Information Technology Specialist (ITS). * CEO will be in charge of overseeing all aspects of the ASU Sheep Harvest. * CHCO will be in charge of delegating volunteer responsibilities as well as making sure the harvest is respectful and culturally appropriate. * CFO will be in charge of all finances. * ITS will be in charge of marketing the ASU Sheep Harvest websites and online marketing tools. * Volunteers are needed to assist all officers in their respected roles. Working Budget Item Sheep Tools Location rental Special Guests Silverware Media Advertisements Possible donation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Imagine the possibilities… Cost $80 $250 Depends $2500 $250 $500 $250 Estimated Total $3,830 *Note many items have the potential to be donated thereby reducing the overall cost. Indigenous food harvesting celebrations are organized mainly by ASU students, professors, and alumni, but are open to the general public for the benefit of everyone from all walks of life. ASU Sheep Camp is formed on the principle that all Indigenous cultural practices should be standard to higher education; and, that the Native American student population should not have to look further than their college campuses to have access to traditional Native teachings and culturally appropriate activities. The success of our association can be measured by the vast array of people who are involved. Although the return of our work holds a more culturally aesthetic value, those who partake in this ceremony will understand its worth. Participants will leave feeling a stronger connection to their environment, an empowerment to take control over their local food systems, and feel a closer bond between the other members of their community. There is a future in revitalizing Indigenous harvesting practices. Not only does ASU Sheep Camp have potential to lead to innovative opportunities, it can also lead to new way of life. How you can help For ASU Sheep Camp’s opening year all expenditures will be generated by private donations. To the left is a budget that outlines all the major financial obstacles we need to overcome in order to run an efficacious first harvest. Fortunately, a major cost (tools) will be a one-time expense. We will be able to use them in future harvests without any cost. To further reduce our budget we will work hard to find nonmonetary donations. For this reason we recognize that every contribution will help tremendously. When this project is complete, the Indigenous community of ASU and the greater Phoenix area, alongside several other organizations and affiliates, will have successfully united. ASU Sheep Camp will provide a platform to positively share Native philosophies and promote current Indigenous projects in need of attention. Most importantly, the sheep itself will serve as an offering to the surrounding community in hopes that stronger relationships can be attained. We hope that you are intrigued to be a part of this exciting chance to help ASU students and Native communities. Thank you for your time and consideration. Please visit our website for more information and important updates.