Ojibwa brought up an interesting new topic: how to be a vegan in a culture whose spiritual identity is so closely tied to hunting.
Y'all are not going to like this. My dad was an Ojibwa Indian who took me on my first hunting trip when I was about 8 years old. I have hunted and fished all my life. Recently I discovered that what I like most about hunting is the hiking, so I've been doing a lot of hiking and I shoot sporting clays. I am vegan because it cured my diabetes, and diabetes is what killed my dad. I haven't done any hunting lately because what would be the point? I'm not going to eat it. I would really love to hear from another American Indian vegan to find out how they deal with the conflict between their hunting and fishing heritage and being vegan.
Now THAT is a unique perspective, indeed! Especially with hunting being such an integral part of the spiritual life of so many native cultures. Which clan are you? How have your family and immediate friends accepted your lifestyle decision? I suppose, considering you are so far from "home" in Phoenix
, that certain adaptive concessions have been made over the years to allow the tribe to survive change. Are you the only vegan Ojibwa to your knowledge?