Our own Kunu Bearchum is a 2018 Dreamstarter! Dreamstarter recently shared a really great article about him…some clips below:

It’s our pleasure to introduce you to Kunu Bearchum, an advocate for food sovereignty and one of our fantastic 2018 Dreamstarters!

Dreamstarter® is a program that gives away ten $10,000 grants each year to projects led by ten changemaking Native youths like Kunu!

His dream is “The Science of Nutrition and First Foods: Cultivating Health Through Traditional Food Knowledge.”

He wants to use biomedical and nutrition science to highlight the health benefits of first foods in conjunction with Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). His plan is to lead a group of Native youth on a week-long summer science expedition out in nature to find and catalogue First Foods from around the Portland, Oregon area.

“Through cataloging the First Foods we will foster mathematical learning by having the youth add the content of specific nutrition and vitamins and multiply how many servings they would need to complete a healthy meal,” he said.

Find out more on Kunu and the Dreamstarter program here.