Spirit Plate

The Spirit Plate podcast is an honoring of all the Indigenous communities across Turtle Island (also known as North America) who are working to preserve and revitalize their ancestral foodways. Within the growing Indigenous food ...more

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February 14, 2022 00:41:46
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Removal & Relocation with Becky Webster

Following removal and relocation of the mid-1800s, Native communities found ways to adapt and preserve their foodways in the face of disruption. Each community’s journey is unique. This episode focused on the story of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. With our guest Becky Webster—Oneida attorney, farmer, and seed keeper—we'll talk about the way they are revitalizing their food traditions through seed saving, cooperative growing, and participating in local barter markets. Topics covered in this episode: Min 1:45: Meet Becky Webster of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin Min 3:37: Mid-1800s removal and relocation Min 10:55: Journey of relocation for Becky’s community Min 14:25: Rebuilding Oneida food ways in Wisconsin Min 16:57: Ukwakhwa: Tsinu Niyukwayay^thoslu Min 20:04: Beans, Becky’s favorite food to grow Min 23:21: About the grower’s cooperative Ohelaku Min 27:50: The barter market Min 32:09: Meaning of food sovereignty to Becky Min 36:02: What would Becky bring to a feast honoring all her relations? Spirit Plate is part of the Whetstone Radio Collective. Learn more about this episode of Spirit Plate at www.whetstoneradio.com, on IG and Twitter at @whetstoneradio, and YouTube at /WhetstoneRadio. Guest: Becky Webster (@ukwakhwa) ...

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February 07, 2022 00:39:10
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Reconnecting with Our Foods & Seeds with Shelley Buffalo

For many Indigenous people involved in the food sovereingty movement, reconnecting to ancestral foods is extremely powerful. Every time someone learns a new recipe, plants a seed, and feasts together, we are helping to transmit knowledge, technologies, and skills from one generation to the next. In this episode, we'll talk with Shelley Buffalo—Meskwaki seed keeper—about her experience of revitalizing cultural foods, growing practices, and language. We'll also talk about her involvement in the growing seed rematriation movement, which is helping to return heritage seeds to their communities of origin. Topics covered in this episode: Min 2:08: Meet Shelley Buffalo of the Meskwaki tribe Min 6:35: Favorite ancestral foods  Min 9:07: Shelley’s journey to seedkeeping Min 15:16: The experience of rematriation Min 18:09: Seed keepers as cultural memory keepers Min 19:13: Removing barriers Min 22:42: Healing through traditional food practices Min 25:09: Struggles with language Min 30:00: Looking ahead  Min 32:27: Improving land access   Spirit Plate is part of the Whetstone Radio Collective. Learn more about this episode of Spirit Plate at www.whetstoneradio.com, on IG and Twitter at @whetstoneradio, and YouTube at /WhetstoneRadio. Guest: Shelley Buffalo (@kiwate_restlessheart) ...

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January 31, 2022 00:42:39
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A Landscape of Relations with Rowen White

In this episode, Rowen White—Mohawk farmer, seed keeper, and organizer—joins us to talk about relationships to land and food, upholding our responsibilities to our kin, and developing a new lexicon to talk about the food system. She shares her practice of cultivating relational, kin-centric foodways and the possibilities opened by this worldview. Topics covered in this episode: Min 1:38: Meet Rowen White  Min 6:57: The Mohawk creation story Min 9:45: Issues with the term “food system” Min 12:42: Cultivating kin-centric food ways Min 16:30: Rethinking the word “economy” Min 18:05: Rowen’s journey to seed keeping  Min 20:18: Tomatoes as Rowen’s first seed teachers Min 23:41: The importance of food sovereignty Min 26:38: Food sovereignty vs. self-reliance Min 28:20: Farming in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California  Min 33:05: How to build a connection to the land Min 36:40: What Rowen would bring to a feast honoring their ancestors  Spirit Plate is part of the Whetstone Radio Collective. Learn more about this episode of Spirit Plate at www.whetstoneradio.com, on IG and Twitter at @whetstoneradio, and YouTube at /WhetstoneRadio. Guest: Rowen White (@rowenwhite) ...

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January 24, 2022 00:32:09
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She Makes an Offering

The Spirit Plate podcast is an honoring of all the Indigneous communities across Turtle Island who are working to preserve and revitalize their ancestral foodways. In this space we will talk about Indigenous foodways as means of resistance, resilience, and revitalization. We’ll discuss some of the social, political, and historical reasons why the Indigenous food sovereignty movement is necessary. Topics covered in this episode: Min 1:20: Who is Shiloh Maples? Min 2:33: Connecting the stories of Shiloh’s ancestors to Shiloh’s work Min 5:32: Place-based foodways  Min 7:27: The long history of colonization Min 11:52: Impacts of generations of genocide, disenfranchisement, and oppression Min 14:36: How this history has affected Shiloh’s life Min 17:11: What is Indigenous food sovereignty? Min 21:14: Reclaiming the narrative Min 23:41: Behind the name “Spirit Plate” Spirit Plate is part of the Whetstone Radio Collective. Learn more about this episode of Spirit Plate at www.whetstoneradio.com, on IG and Twitter at @whetstoneradio, and YouTube at /WhetstoneRadio. ...

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January 23, 2022 00:02:36
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Trailer - Spirit Plate

Here’s a first look at what to expect from our new podcast #SpiritPlate, as narrated by host Shiloh Maples (@littlenokomis). Look out for the show when it launches on Mon, Jan 24! ...

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