Highland Descendants Foodways Project

Foodways: the social, political, and cultural aspects of food

Highland’s Council of Descendant Advisors generated the concept for a project about foodways, looking back to the plantation environment of African American ancestors, considering the growth of today’s strong communities based on self-sufficiency, creativity, and connection to the land, and looking toward the future in directions such as food security, nutrition and health, sustainability, and youth interest in farming. A team of three students and three faculty advisors from William & Mary’s Institute for Integrative Conservation explored these concepts in 2022. One of the richest parts of their student project was a series of conversations with members of Highland’s Council of Descendant Advisors. Please follow their conversations by exploring the links below.