Protecting Native Seeds

According to a report by KRQE out of Albuquerque, NM, a bill has been introduced in the Senate and House in New Mexico which would protect Native American seeds used for cultural, religious, medicinal, ceremonial and agriculture purposes. The proposal would permit tribes to work alongside public research institutions to encourage education and training programs preserving the purity of the seeds. Photo by Jonathan McIntosh Currently ...


The World Wide Frybread Association lives on in new TV/Web Series

Coming off the success of his film More Than Frybread, Holt Hamilton is hoping to recreate that magic in a TV/Web Series. The pilot TV episode of “Frybread” is sixty-percent completed, and features several cast members from the movie More Than Frybread. The release of the pilot by Holt Hamilton Productions (HHP) could very well be the first TV series based on Native American sitcom. The original movie released in 2012 was screened in more than fifty reservations throughout the U.S. ...

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Searching Beyond Frybread : Native Foodways

Of course, everyone loves frybread, but this was not one of the original traditional foods of the Southwest Native Americans.  James Beard nominated food writer Gwen Pratesi traveled to Arizona to see if she could better understand the original culinary roots of the Southwest peoples. Tepary beans, Saguaro syrup and Cholla buds are just some of the ingredients she encountered in traditional dishes.  She found several groups guiding the younger generation back towards traditional ways such as the Tohono O’odham Community ...

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Native Inspired Cakes

Joleen General has created several Native inspired cakes.  Her company Heavenly Sweets takes orders for these custom designed pieces of art.  She is from the Deer Clan of the Onondaga Nation and lives on the Six Nations Indian Reservation in Ontario, Canada. Joleen has been making cakes since 2010. Can't wait to see what kind of designs she comes up with next! Find out more about Heavenly Sweets....

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Native American Holiday Gift Guide

There's only 3 weeks left until Christmas so you better start marking people off your list quick!  Here's some inspiration for gift giving this year.  A lot of these suggestions are artisans and not big box retailers so get your orders in quick if you want these by Christmas! Host/Hostess Gift: Don't show up empty-handed to the party.  Bring something for the gracious hosts! Tanka Gift Packs - I like the Wild Summer Sausage gift crate that comes with a braid of ...


Cranberries Were a Native American Superfood

The Algonquin, Chippewa, and Cree, among others, gathered wild cranberries where they could find them in what is now Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Wisconsin, all the way west to Oregon and Washington, and north to areas of British Columbia and Quebec, according to Devon Mihesuah, a professor at the University of Kansas and an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation. The berry was called sassamenesh (by the Algonquin) and ibimi (by the Wampanoag and Lenni-Lenape), which translates literally ...

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Eating Indigenous – Reconnecting with Food Traditions

After serving frybread and Indian tacos at a fundraiser for the Native American Student Association at Northern Michigan University, Marty Reinhardt had an epiphany.  Would his ancestors even recognize the food they were eating today?  This led him on a year-long quest to decolonize his food. For a full year Professor Reinhardt and a group of 25 volunteer subjects swapped out a percentage of their daily diets with foods that would have been a part of the Great Lakes diet prior ...


Guest Article – Facing Diabetes in a Native American World

Facing Diabetes in a Native American World 

by Judy Anderson

“Facing Diabetes in a Native American World” is the result of an experience of a Native American man with Diabetes and his struggles physically, financially, emotionally and socially. Out of his fight to take back his life, was born a deep desire to inform and educate other Native Americans before they have to overcome all the obstacles and challenges he did. And being Native American, there was also the Spiritual ...


Coffee Anyone? Enjoy a cup while on the Pow Wow Trail

It’s a cold and breezy night at the powwow. There are specials going on and you are freezing! What is the first thing that you would want? A cup of Coffee!! Well at least this Powwow Mom does! When you are away from home, and away from your favorite coffee shop, sometimes powwow coffee doesn’t meet the need. So what I’ve learned to do is to take my coffee with me! If I know that I will be away from coffee shops and in to the ...


4 Tips for Eating Well at Pow Wows

As a mom of two and a grandmother of four, it’s an eternal challenge to eat reasonably at powwows! Especially when you’re not camping with a full kitchen for all the cooking.  First there’s the nutritional and healthy challenge.  Next there’s the financial challenge.  And then there’s the time and convenience challenge.  Plus there’s the challenge of offering something appealing to the kids.  Lastly, it has to work for my slowing middle-aged metabolism, the physical demands of one daughter’s fancy shawl ...



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The Straight Dance from Oklahoma Native American Tribes is a formal, tailored, prestigious form of southern dance clothes.   The overall effect is of reassuring solidity, with everything closely matched and …


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