Talking history in the kitchen - featuring Tanzania this week.
History plays a huge role in how we identify ourselves. "In the end, who are you if you don't know anything about where you come from, about your origins, your family, your language, your own culture?" To combat the scarcity of African history in the US Educational system, Siren - Protectors of the Rainforest, Inc. along with the Bedford Stuyvesant Residents Association, Inc. will be presenting a minimum one hour weekly discussion series to acquaint the residents of New York City with Africa, its people, its history, its culture and its present day economy. The discussion series is partially underwritten by NY Humanities, a local arm of the National Endowment of the Humanities.
Food has no demographics, and serves as the ideal way to bridge gaps and teach others about a new culture in a welcoming environment. It does not matter what nationality, religion, skin color or background; preparing and eating of food is something that we all have in common with one another. The sharing of food and recipes with others keeps people connected. When people gather together to prepare something, it isn't a meeting just to eat, but to talk, share, discuss and connect with each other. The preparation process prompts questions that share the character of cultural traditions, talk about experiences, and create memories. You can be involved no matter your skill level in the kitchen. Having food together will help participants know the presented African countries without the humdrum of listening to a lecture.
The countries on our list are
Sengal - West Africa, March 1st,
Tanzania - East Africa, March 8th,
Zambia - Southern Africa, March 15th,
Morocco - North Africa, March 22nd,
Gabon - Central Africa, March 29th. And our Awards Ceremony for participants to receive the African Cultural Keepers Award is March 31st.
Our main aim is to present the national dishes of these nations in an easy to follow recipe format that will get participants connecting over how similar the foods from these countries are similar to American soul food and to help others identify the ingredients shared by other nations. While we eat, we can enjoy a historical documentary on each country and discuss at the dinner table.
African tradition is cooking and eating together!
So please come join us as we explore exotic taste without the visa fees.
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