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Quality Cacao Cultural Appropriation Resources

As ceremonial grade Cacao begins to spread it's healing energies around the world many facilitators are facing resistance by ingenious peoples of cultural appropriation. Here's some links to help anyone interested in this topic to become more informed.

Chocolate as Resistance: Mexico's Rich Chocolate Traditions Defy Corporate Globalization - Toward Freedom

Frothy hot chocolate with frangipanis, thick chocolate-chile-almond sauce poured over chicken – Mexico uses cacao in a multitude of ways. But on a global level, these indigenous and local traditions are losing the struggle to Westernized and commercialized packaged chocolates.

6 Ways Spiritual Thinking Can Reinforce Oppression and Racism - Decolonizing Yoga

There is a lurking problem happening within ‘spiritual’ thought and dialogue.

El Universal - - Al rescate del cacao mexicano

Tesoro ancestral de nuestro país, el alimento valorado por las antiguas culturas requiere más apoyo para su salvaguarda y proyección en el mundo

From An Indigenous Perspective.: Dear Settlers: Before Using Our Medicine, Be Aware of Your White Privilege

Everything is backwards. White people want traditional Native Medicine. ...and what do Natives want?I work at a clinic that serves Native Americans. I am a doctor. I am a First Nations Naturopathic Doctor. Which means I have been trained in “traditional” western Medicine and I can and do prescribe pharmaceutical drugs, antibiotics and antidepressants, but I also have training in herbs, acupuncture, physical medicine, homeopathy, nutrition and hydrotherapy. I have had people doubt my qualifications and comment that I just treat my patients with “nuts and berries” and what I do is “woo woo”. I WISH I had training in Traditional Native Medicine and ceremonies. My grandfather was a Medicine man. A lot of that knowledge has been lost, totally lost because of colonialism. There are Native peoples, particularly elders, that don’t even want to try herbs, they want pills. I wish pills would solve all the health problems. I wish that there was a pill to address the trauma of residential schools, fetal alcohol syndrome, diabetes, and addiction. White people make money off the pills, and now they can make money off of our traditional ceremonies too. I went to school, medical school, so that I could help Indigenous people improve their health. It’s not easy. People don’t trust that herbs work. Where do you think those pills came from? Western medicine and pharmaceutical companies have only been around for a few hundred years, what do you think we did before that? I mourn our lost knowledge. I understand the caution of elders to share traditional practices when they can be packaged and sold for monetary gain. Traditional medicines are tokenized and sold as novelties rather than respected and valued. Colonialism has worked so well that even when health care for Natives is provided by Natives trained in herbalism it is scoffed at and disregarded as not being real Medicine.

Stop stealing our Indigenous struggle: A guide for the non-Indigenous Supporter – Exploring the Depths of the Maori E...

I often see well-meaning non-Indigenous who are trying to help with Indigenous cause. Before I get into the nitty-gritty of this blog, I want to frame it with this poignant, yet beautifully sad story and a lesson from a butterfly. A man spent hours watching a butterfly struggling to emerge from its cocoon. The butterfly…


Message from Pilar a indigenous social justice advocate who I met with and who shared all the original links listed.

I’m doing a lot of racial justice work, I’m taking different trainings on restorative justice and decolonization, etc.

I was born and raised in the lands of Mexico and I have indigenous Aztec. So I will share my story and share a bit about why WE indigenous people are standing up and saying enough is enough.

As I do this work, as I attend trainings, workshops and conferences. One thing that always comes up, this coming from white people that are being proactive and educating themselves.

Poc aren’t here to educate white people. You have to do that for yourself and you have to be willing to have uncomfortable conversations.

This is real healing and when more white people recognize these aspects and truths. It’s when we are going to have more unity.

I want you to understand that our conversation has nothing to do with spirituality, this is about a reality we are facing as humanity and we all are in together but we are not all one.

I wanted to put this out there so we both know that this isn’t me about “educating you” but I will share as to why is important for white people that are part of the so called “conscious spiritual” circles to start becoming aware to this reality.

With hopes that you will understand why white peoples shouldn’t perform “ceremonies” with Native American traditions.

Thank you

Spiritual bypassing, a term first coined by psychologist John Welwood in 1984, is the use of spiritual practices and beliefs to avoid dealing with our painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs. It is much more common than we might think and, in fact, is so pervasive as to go largely unnoticed, except in its more obvious extremes.

When We Talk About Cultural Appropriation, We’re Missing The Point

A few weeks ago, I found myself sitting on a panel discussing a play I’d seen the week before. The play, Disgraced, is a very interesting and extraordinarily problematic piece dealing with race…

A Guide to Understanding and Avoiding Cultural Appropriation

Cultural appropriation is a hot topic among racial and cultural lines. Explore its meaning, why it's a controversy, and discover how to avoid it.

The Question of Cultural Appropriation | Current Affairs

The trouble with Elvis’s version of “Hound Dog” is not that it is bad. It’s that it doesn’t make any goddamn sense. Big Mama Thornton’s original 1952 version of the song is sleazy and defiant. In a bluesy growl, she tells off the low-down guy who keeps “snooping round her door.” It’s a declaration of independence by a woman who is sick and tired of having a “hound dog” of a man take her for granted. The lyrics are full of dirty double-entendres: “You can wag your tail, but I ain’t gonna feed you no more.” In Elvis’s version, sanitized for a pop audience, the line is changed to “You ain’t never caught a rabbit, and you ain’t no friend of mine.” Drained of its original meaning, the song seemingly becomes about… an actual dog. Yet Elvis’s version of “Hound Dog” sold 10 million copies and became his single best-selling song. It’s ranked #19 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

La Cocina Tradicional de México es Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial de la Humanidad | Presidencia de la República | Gob...

Nuestra cocina es una manifestación cultural viva, representativa de la humanidad, por su antigüedad, continuidad histórica, la originali...

Producing high-quality native cacao in Mexico - Conservation International

Mexico is known for being the first place to use cacao for human enjoyment. Learn how CI is ensuring that we can continue.