What the Table Means

In July, Sweetheart and I were doing our best to stay out of the Arizona heat, so we took a trip to Phoenix’s Heard Museum, a museum of Native American Art and History. They had an exhibit going on called Chocolate, Chili, and Cochineal about foods that originated in the Americas. It was fascinating and also somewhat surprising. My favorite part, though, was this quote on one of the exhibition’s displays:

“We come to the table, cedar smoke clinging to our hearts, to share the joys and sorrows of life, and in doing so we uplift and comfort one another. The table becomes a refuge where we are nourished, restored and connected to our culture. The shadow and light puts us in the midst of nature and the unknown. We remember where we come from, and, like our ancestors before us, the simple act of sharing ritual food sustains us for another day.”
-Anita Fields, 2013

Bon appetit!




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