Resource Guide for Celebrating Sukkot and Indigenous People’s Day

September 8, 2022

Monday, October 10th, 2022 is both the first day of Sukkot (the Jewish festival for harvest) and Indigenous People’s Day (to honor Native American cultures and histories). On this day, when Jews reflect on themes of harvest, scarcity, peoplehood, and food justice, MAZON invites you to learn more about — and join us in the movement to support — Indigenous food sovereignty.

MAZON’s longstanding partnerships in Indian Country center around the development of robust food and agriculture systems that support the ability of Tribal Nations to feed themselves — policies that enhance Tribal food sovereignty and self-governance, and that reclaim traditional foodways. MAZON has worked alongside Indigenous advocates and Tribes to transform U.S. federal food programs and policies to meet these goals, which are a central tenet of the Tribal food sovereignty movement. We believe that Tribes know best what it takes to address the immense hunger and nutrition issues affecting their own communities.

Reflection Questions:
As you build and enjoy time in your sukkah, we encourage you and your guests to reflect on the following questions:

  1. As we celebrate Sukkot, a holiday centering the land and the harvest, ask: Whose Native land do you occupy? (If you do not know, please enter your address here and learn more with this Land Acknowledgement Guide.)
  2. As we highlight the traditional seven species (pomegranates, figs, barley, wheat, grapes, olives, and dates), ask: What foods are native to your area and precious to Indigenous communities? What foods are precious to you? How does food define you and your community? Consider hanging foods native to your area in your sukkah or serving them at your table, alongside the seven species.
  3. As it is ingrained in our tradition to invite those who struggle with hunger into our sukkot to celebrate the bounty of the season, ask: How are Tribes reclaiming their traditional foodways (an expression of Tribal sovereignty) and striving towards food security for their people? What are the barriers that Indigenous communities continue to face in that effort? 

Additional Resources:

  • Learn more about how hunger impacts Indigenous communities and how Tribal Nations are reclaiming Tribal food sovereignty:
  • Learn more about discussing and engaging with Indigenous communities from a place of informed allyship:
  • Explore Indigenous food excellence and artistry:

Thank you for incorporating these resources into your holiday celebrations. We’d love to hear from you! Contact outreach@mazon.org with any questions or to share your reflections. 

 

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