as world healing
"Food Sovereignty gives us the hope and power to preserve, recover and build on our food-producing knowledge and capacity."
-Declaration of Nyéléni
- DECLARATION OF NYÉLÉNI
MORGAN HOPSON, M.A.
Morgan Hopson is a queer person and citizen of the Tsalgiyi Nvdagi tribe (Ahnigatogewi - Wild Potato Clan) from East Texas, serving as an eating recovery counselor, artist, researcher, and advocate in the occupied Pueblo, Apache, and Diné territory (Albuquerque, NM). Morgan's philosophy and practice is deeply rooted in the notion that Indigenous treaties/sovereignty must be respected, honored, and repatriated in order for climate regeneration, socio-cultural resiliency and sustainability to be possible for all humans, these being essential components of whole systems eating disorder recovery and prevention. Morgan focuses on the deconstruction of western anthropology and western bio-medicine as a means of supporting this goal.
Morgan's research and practice focuses on eating disorder diagnosis, recovery, treatment and prevention - co-created by, and evolving from Humanistic Futurism, Decolonial Queer Feminism, and Regenerative Cultural Design philosophies, methodologies, and practices.
Reframing eating disorders as an evolutionary response, or transmogrification process, to the global impacts of capitalism, industrialization, colonial-imperialism, and neo-liberal food politics allows for a co-creative and participatory approach to eating disorder diagnosis, recovery, treatment, and prevention that Morgan advocates for communities to partake in, on a local and global scale, through a whole systems thinking and design approach. As a methodology, she advocates for Indigenous Food Sovereignty, Regenerative Cultural Design, Art Activism and Direct Social Action, Harm Reduction, and Mutual Aided Communities.
"It is my experience that eating disorders, or any other "disorder" (in the western sense of the word) can only be healed through a collectively equitable imagining and creation of what it means to be human, of what determines health and wellness, and of sovereign sustainable communities - removing ourselves from the systems that make us sick and forging the relations that liberate all beings from obstructions to forming sovereign realties of interconnected sustainability, between oneself and the whole of the cosmos. Resistance, advocacy, and creativity are modes I find most helpful in this exploration and healing journey. With everyone's input, we can become the healing we need for ourselves and for future generations."
Morgan works with groups, institutions, and treatment centers in a wide array of practices including therapeutic healing practices for sexual trauma, sexuality and identity counseling, sustainable fashion coaching, eating disorder education, anthropological research, and dance.
Morgan belongs to the Tsalagiyi Nvdagi tribe-Ahnigatogewi (Wild Potato Clan) with Muscogee Creek, Italian, and Euro-Settler heritage from East Texas. As ancestral lineage work, she studies and practices Indigenous Friulian (Italian) Women's medicinal philosophy and Tsalagi Nvdagi life philosophy as a citizen of the Tsalagiyi Nvdagi tribe in East Texas.
" My desire in co-creating this forum space is to aid in the global coalition against societal oppression and domination in all forms. I find one of my main lanes of doing so through organizing eating disorder prevention and eradication efforts in the form of direct action, art, and advocating for global democracy and sovereignty. This dialogue is co-created by and with all of the knowledge holders and creators that have come before me and that work alongside me in all related topic areas - it is ever evolving and is a dynamic process that includes voices and perspectives across various communities, places and time. I identify as a queer, non-binary person who is neuro-divergent on the Autism Spectrum. I grew up under white settler consciousness and identity in connection with my mother's Italian cultural practices in rural East Texas. Through late teen-hood on, I embarked on the journey with my father in reconnection to our ancestral heritage as citizens of the Tsalagiyi Nvdagi tribe in East Texas on our homeland and the lands of his fore-bearers, as well as, to the pre-colonial practices of my Italian ancestry through teaching and guidance from Friulian medicine women. My journey with food, consumption, my body and sexuality have always been intricately intertwined, and I have found a path to healing through decolonization work in my own life, ancestral healing work, and combatting white supremacy and violence perpetuated in my family as stemmed and inherited from global historical systems. I am most thankful to the Black, Indigenous, women of color, trans and non-binary folks of color, and white folks farther along in their healing journey, for being the knowledge bearers, healers, teachers, guides, and mentors. I am the first in my family to attend/graduate from college, escape poverty and severe drug addictions. I am a sexual assault survivor. I am privileged through race, ethnicity, academic achievement, and being in an able and "ideal" body type under western definitions and perceptions. I have mental health tendencies that coincide with "D.I.D." and "B.P.D." however, I do not identify under western pathologizations of mental health. Rather, I look at these functions as evolutionary adaptations to global systems and incorporate them into my healing journey as "self". All of these factors shape who I am and my mental health, health, and spiritual recovery. My hope is that sharing what I have learned and experienced might encourage others to explore decolonization and sovereignty as a means of healing in a way that is directly related to all the things that make them, "them". I know full eating disorder recovery is possible and that eating disorders can be eradicated through collective social action and individuals' unique personal healing journeys. "
- With love and dissent from oppression, Morgan .