Indigenous food, Entrepreneurship + Healing through Dharma with Dana Thompson

Welcome to Thrive with Cate Stillman podcast. In this episode, we dive deep into the world of food sovereignty and indigenous cuisine. Host Cate Stillman interviews Dana Thompson, a multifaceted individual whose journey takes us through music, activism, and the profound connections between ancestral wisdom and modern life.

What You’ll Get Out of Tuning In

  • The journey of a food sovereignty advocate and the importance of knowing the source of your food.
  • Insights into indigenous communities’ efforts to reconnect with their food traditions.
  • The significance of community and traditional Native American cooking.
  • The principles of Ayurveda for transforming your well-being.
  • The power of connecting with nature and learning from indigenous practices.
  • The wisdom of plants and the value of phytonutrient diversity.
  • The impact of immersing yourself in your ecosystem.
  • The role of community and oxytocin in achieving holistic health and well-being.


  • Understand food sovereignty’s significance.
  • Impact of food choices on health and environment.
  • Role of community in preserving traditions.
  • Ayurvedic wisdom for well-being.
  • Embrace indigenous practices for nature connection.
  • Importance of eco-centric health.
  • Power of intuitive actions aligned with nature.
  • Over-sanitization and microbiome health.
  • Communal harvesting and stewardship.
  • Indigenous efforts to reclaim food sovereignty.


“Know your food source, know your farmer and understand the cultural and spiritual significance of food.” 

“Food is not just sustenance; it’s a powerful connector that unites us.” 

“Prevention is the ultimate cure – focus on food, lifestyle, and the environment.”

“Challenge the Western mindset of labeling things as good or bad; we are part of the Earth.”


This episode of Thrive with Cate Stillman’s podcast discussed food sovereignty and ecosystem health and has opened our minds to the incredible potential for transformation in our relationship with nature and food. We’ve explored the power of reconnecting with our roots, harnessing the wisdom of indigenous practices, and understanding the healing properties of our natural surroundings. Remember, food is not just nourishment for the body; it’s medicine for the soul.