Madeleine Tuttle: Spiraling Onward to the Roots!

Madeleine Tuttle visionary artist Seeing some wild turkeys roaming around here, not far away, and marveling at their beautiful nature, their unfortunate sisters, the so-called “farm” turkeys suddenly popped up in my mind.

Did we ever question the authenticity of our holiday dinners? Did the Indians and early settlers perhaps celebrate the harvest in a different way? What about the Three Sisters: squash, corn and beans? How actually did the turkey come into play? And why do we need to add a killed bird on our festive table? Would it be possible to celebrate together, leaving out this enormous cruelty?

French culinary traditions play a big part in the presentation of our food. One essential principle: there must be a centerpiece. There are a few vegan ideas, like stuffing a pumpkin, or choosing among the many non-cruel alternatives. Maybe a Tofurkey, or a Field-roast. Or make it more a heart-felt, free-form celebration, and less an indoctrinated form-addicted affair.

Deep down it certainly feels better.

We can start today and make our own food choices: for the happiness of all beings.

Happy Holidays throughout the whole year!

~ by visionary artist Madeleine Tuttle



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2 Responses to Madeleine Tuttle: Spiraling Onward to the Roots!

  • Veronique says:

    As far as I know, the eating of Turkey is a “tradition” that was introduced in the 20th century by a woman. Originally the Turkey was supposed to be the national animal but the Eagle was chosen instead.

  • Megan Graney says:

    I have heard from indigenous friends that native people on this continent did not often eat turkeys, because of the stupefying effect their flesh has on human beings. However, they were plentiful, and early settlers could find them, so, that’s how I heard this came to pass… I’ve also heard, of course, that less than 15% of Native Americans diets were made up of animal flesh.

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