Drum beat of the earth is calling you. Give thanks!

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Drum beat of the Earth is Calling and it is time to give thanks!
Hear the drumbeat of the earth beneath your feet?
She's humming the harvest song.

listen

drumming with the earth beat
This October, take time to listen.
Listen to the earth singing, beating, changing her rhythm. The three sisters are dancing their native songs (pumpkin, corn and beans mingle joyfully in the fields).

earth drum beat


The earth beat of this land is slowing down; the weather cools. We are called to cook, to gather.
We are invited to harvest, to bonfires, to ancient traditions of sharing meals with our families, tribes and communities.

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The earliest celebrations of harvest originated thousands of years ago, dating back to the origins of farming, storing crops, trading supplies and growing ancient cities. Giving thanks for the food we eat has been the way of life long before the European settlers declared it so in North America.
Many people don't know that the first actual North American Thanksgiving celebration was recorded by seafarers, in Nunavut in 1578, by Martin Frobisher and his crew. They gave thanks to the land and sea for the safety of their fleet. Worth noting is the location of this celebration: Meta Incognita. Sounds like a social media platform, doesn't it? Frobisher built an experimental house on Kodlunarn Island in Frobisher Bay over 300 years ago, where foodstuffs, even bread baked in an oven were discovered in the ruins.
forest pine tree looking up
In the month of October we traditionally celebrate Thanksgiving.
I can’t think of a better way to give thanks than to spend more time with our great mother earth, walk the gardens, walk the forests, and give back to her, to the earth.
Give what? Time.
Respect. Honour. Prayers. Thanks. Traditions - connection.
Listen to her heart beat. Get back to the land and you can get back to the people.
Did you know that in Roman times the country dwellers, the farmers, the land people were called pagans? It had nothing to do with religions nor belief systems. The origins of this latin word 'paganus' literally means 'country dweller' and 'pagus' means country.
So, this month, let us create a time of giving thanks that's truly inclusive. Allow yourself a glimpse way back in time, as you mull over apple cider. Let us observe history, ancient rituals of harvest, and fold them into present day stories, cooking, gathering. We have this opportunity to remember people all over the world have celebrated food, crops, harvests since the beginning of time. Know that you are in the company of a long line of ancestors who have travelled to visit rural families, to give thanks to their land, even to return to their birth homes at times of harvest to honour their beginnings. Going 'back home' for Thanksgiving is an ancient tradition indeed.
yams the underrated vegetable
Lastly, to practice giving thanks to our gaia, I challenge you to a yam-off.

Yams.

Eat them roasted, cooked, fried and enjoy them. They are the humble, undervalued 'potato, but it's not a potato' crop of the world. Ditch the potatoes. There I said it! (ok wrote it).
Why?
First of all, one yam can grow up to 132 pounds. That requires a celebration of its own! There are over 600 varieties of yams, which means you are also honouring the rich variety and complexity of the earth's ancient crops this thanksgiving. And, since 90% of the world's yams are grown in the yam zone (yes, that's a thing - Western Africa, from Cameroon to Côte d'Ivoire) you are also giving thanks to the earliest farming settlements of the globe. In this era of globalization, you can choose to honour history, support farmers, invest in your health and enjoy a nutritious Thanksgiving.
Now, let's celebrate that. Happy Harvest. 

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