Brittny Seowtewa says her passion for Native food sovereignty began with her grandfather. She just didn’t realize it until her family received some unfortunate news.
At the time, Brittny was three years into her college career at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. As she was coming to grips with the idea that she was no longer interested in what she was doing, she got word that her paternal grandfather had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
“I was very close to him, so I left school and went home to spend time with him,” recalls Brittny, now 28. “We had so many conversations, so many special moments, that helped me re-evaluate my life. He encouraged me to pursue my dreams — to go after what makes me happy. He was a turning point. We lost him a year later.”