Removing Colonized Thought: Why Pre-Colonial Indigenous Foods Matter

Sean Sherman, founder of The Sioux Chef, wants to reconnect natives with indigenous gastronomic culture and history through education and restaurants across Turtle Island By Kristin Butler (originally published by Indian Country Media Network) Sean Sherman, the Oglala Lakota founder of The Sioux Chef, describes the exclusively indigenous food at his upcoming Minneapolis restaurant as […]

Foraging is his prayer time and traditional cooking is his meditation.

Chef Karlos Baca waxes poetic on reconnecting indigenous people with their ancestral foods. By Kristin Butler (originally published by Indian Country Media Network) It took years of self-study and reconnecting to his ancestral knowledge for Karlos Baca (Diné/Tewa/Nuche) to shed the colonial mind frame that’s so deeply embedded in modern culinary styles. “I had this […]

Groundbreaking Nude Exhibit ‘Native American Body of Art’ May Spark a Native Renaissance

The visionary behind Native Pop organizes another indigenous art collective and traveling showcase, Native American Body of Art, inspiring nude art and potentially a native renaissance By Kristin Butler (originally published by Indian Country Media Network) “It’s 2017 and we’re doing the first nude Native exhibition. That’s kind of mind-boggling,” says Brent Learned, a renowned […]

World Goes Wild for ‘Raw, In-Your-Face’ Native Pop Art

Native Pop energizes Indian country’s art scene with bold color and iconic images, offers platform for activism By Kristin Butler (republished courtesy Indian Country Media Network) The organizers behind Native Pop hunted for “hardcore, cutting-edge” indigenous artists to form their collective. The idea was to educate the public that Native people do more than traditional […]

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Caribou Who? Kootenai Tribe Works to Revive the Disappearing Species

By Kristin Butler (originally published by Indian Country Media Network) In 2009, on Kootenai tribal territory in the Idaho Panhandle, the last remaining caribou in the contiguous United States took a severe drop from 46 down to 12 animals. Those same dozen caribou continue to roam the Selkirk mountain range near the Canadian border. RELATED: […]

Discover Oregon’s Indian Country, Part 1: Portland, a Cultural Hub

From Bison Coffeehouse to an Oglala Lakota-owned food truck to contemporary Native art, experience the indigenous side of Portland By Kristin Butler (originally published by Indian Country Media Network) Home to nine tribes, Oregon once served as the territory of 50 tribal nations. Today, their descendants carry on unique, indigenous traditions at Indian reservations, cultural […]

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Chris Cornelius Translates Culture into Contemporary Architectural Design

Through studio:indigenous, the Oneida architect delivers a fresh way of thinking about buildings and space By Kristin Butler (originally published by Indian Country Media Network) If architect Chris Cornelius’ designs could speak, they would tell stories. Cultural traditions and history are expressed in the structures, shapes and spaces he creates for schools, transportation hubs, cultural […]

‘A Deaf Whale Is a Dead Whale’: Sound Blasting for Oil Threatens Marine Life

By Kristin Butler (originally published by Indian Country Media Network) Editor’s note: This is the first of three stories on the devastating effects of seismic airgun blasting on marine life. BOOM! BOOM! Each blast, 100,000 times louder than a jet engine, reverberates through the ocean, slamming against the hearing apparatus of hundreds of thousands of […]

Finding the Fair Way: Notah Begay III’s NB3 Consulting Helps Tribes Navigate the Business Side of Golf

By Kristin Butler (originally published by Indian Country Media Network) Golf can be a sanctuary for those seeking a few hours of solitude or some quiet companionship in the great outdoors. And nowhere is that serenity more valued than in the many secluded courses of Indian country. A feeling of remoteness is one of the […]