Albuquerque Nonprofit Highlights Indigenous Cooks

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man hopes to highlight indigenous chefs with a new series of speakers through his nonprofit organization. The non-profit IndigeNOW has been working since 1994 to create unique cultural experiences from craft meetings to multi-day festivals.

“Our goal is essentially to increase the volume for indigenous messages and indigenous voices from around the world,” explains founder Gordon Bronitsky.

Bronitsky holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona and is a trained archaeologist. The group had its first pilot project back in May, which brought a virtual presentation by a Zimbabwean chef to Navajo Technical University.

Now Bronitsky is working with partners to expand this. “With all the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, we’ve decided that the next step should be a larger virtual series of speakers for international indigenous chefs,” he says.

The non-profit organization is in the process of inviting chefs to participate. Mhlelusizo Ncube explains: “I will represent Zimbabwe as an indigenous cook and hope to bring indigenous food to light. The theme of the lecture series is “Indigenizing our Food”. Food brings the community together, food is heritage, food is the world itself, ”says Ncube.

Chef Ncube has a strong passion for indigenous African food. “Imagine if everyone ate well with food tied to the inheritance of identity, how happy everyone would be and how productive they would be,” she says.

She has over 12 years of exquisite gastronomy experience in renowned hotels and lodges, including Victoria Falls Safari Lodges, Asara Wine Estate & Hotel, Singita Pamushana, Zimbabwe and Singita Lodges South Africa.

IndigeNOW has the vision to bring a new kind of festival to New Mexico. “Ultimately, our goal is to create a personal culinary festival and trade fair for indigenous peoples,” said Bronitsky.

The organizers are still working to raise funds for the series of lectures. They aim to get it on the market early next year.

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