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Eating Well: Indigenous Food Harvesting Techniques Help Preserve the Land for Future Generations

By Megan Ward

 Ancestral Guard is an indigenous organizing network teaching traditional hunting, gathering and preparation of local foods. Their hope is that the indigenous tribes will build networks that revolve around the land and its resources to help heal the land and preserve some traditional ways of life for tribes in northern California. From sustainably harvesting mussels […]

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SOUTHWESTERN ASSOCIATIONFOR INDIAN ARTS

Weaving Spotlight: KCET Weaving Community

By Megan Ward

KCET Weaving Community: How Native Peoples are Rediscovering Their Basketry Traditions   Basketry has been described as the pinnacle of Californian indigenous culture. But the craftsmanship necessary to make these works of art requires much more than weaving techniques. It requires a deep and sustained relationship with the environment. For centuries Native peoples tended the […]

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Cedar Basket Weaving With Brenda Crabtree

By Megan Ward

[fvplayer id=”118″] Brenda Crabtree is the Director of Aboriginal Programs at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. She is a member of the Spuzzum Band and has both Nlaka’pamux and Sto:lo ancestry. Her art practice includes cedar and spruce root basketry, drum making, moose hair tufting and beadwork. Her work is continually […]

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Art & Food: Sonya Kelliher-Combs

By Megan Ward

SONYA KELLIHER-COMBS Sonya Kelliher-Combs was raised in the Northwest Alaska community of Nome. Her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Master of Fine Arts is from Arizona State University. Through her mixed media painting and sculpture, Kelliher-Combs offers a chronicle of the ongoing struggle for self-definition and identity […]

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Education & History: Decolonizing the Diet

By Megan Ward

KCET Presents: Decolonizing the Diet   California — a biodiversity hotspot — provides an abundance of plants for both food and medicine. To Native peoples across the state, gathering locations were like supermarkets today. They provided all the resources necessary to survive. These native plants are relevant today as they reinforce cultural continuity for California’s […]

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Art & Food: Cara Romero, The Last Indian Market

By Megan Ward

CARA ROMERO Cara Romero (b. 1977, Inglewood, CA) is a contemporary fine art photographer. An enrolled citizen of the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, Romero was raised between contrasting settings: the rural Chemehuevi reservation in Mojave Desert, CA and the urban sprawl of Houston, TX. Romero’s identity informs her photography, a blend of fine art and editorial […]

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Art & Food: C Maxx Stevens, The Last Supper

By Megan Ward

C.Maxx Stevens is an Installation artist and Seminole/Mvskoke Nation from the Oklahoma Region. Her art is based on memories of family and culture expressed in three dimensional environments using materials, objects, and technology to build a visual narrative. My artwork is based on memories of family and culture within a three dimensional environment through the use […]

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Weaving Artist Spotlight: Carol Emarthle Douglas

By Megan Ward

  CAROL EMARTHLE DOUGLAS Carol Emarthle Douglas considers herself a Traditional & Contemporary basket weaver She creates baskets that tell a story by design, shape, and use of color. Coiling baskets is an extremely time consuming process, and the baskets she produces in a year’s time are one of a kind. “My inspiration is taken […]

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SOUTHWESTERN ASSOCIATIONFOR INDIAN ARTS

Chef Spotlight: Cezin Nottaway

By Megan Ward

“Let me introduce myself to you. My name is Marie-Cecile Kakgoosh Nottaway-Wawatie. But everyone calls me Cezin, so can you. I am of Algonquin ancestry, born in Rapid Lake, but raised in the Parc de la Verendrye, QC. I come from a long line of strong Anishinabe First Nation women, who all have contributed to […]

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