Our legacy is that of the Underground Railroad and Marronage, the history of Green Books, and Negro Spirituals: ways of guiding our people to peace, healing, safety and collectivity while under threat. Drinking Gourd’s vision of holistic earth stewardship weaves together Afro-Indigenous Ancestral Wisdom, Black queer feminism, trauma-informed healing, anti-capitalism, climate adaptation and mitigation strategies, and abolitionist visions of living in reciprocity and right relationship with land.
Drinking Gourd offers:
- Infrastructure Support – creating collective structures, legal support to interface with federal and state governance structures, models of governance, structure, and process.
- Legacy Building – Maintaining land sanctuaries and systems to endow the next generations through covenants, regenerating processes,and building sustainable free-conomies;
- Spiritual Support – teaching and support in communicating with ancestors including all land guardians and spirits, spiritual healing to repair and assist in grounding the vision of liberation;
- Financial Support – We offer short term grants, Long term funding, and crisis relief funding.
Drinking Gourd is modeling how to move from land ownership to land stewardship, weaving in Afro-Indigenous models of collective governance. Climate change is the result of poor land stewardship and an integral part of rebalancing the ecosystem is mobilizing resources directly to support the land stewards that are ready, willing, and capable of doing the work of healing the land.