Aired: November 12, 2016

Ghost Suppers and Native Food Ways

Credit George Stringham, USACE

  • Ghost Suppers (16 min.)

    With: Lee Sprage (Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College)

    This is the season of the Ghost Supper, where tribes in the Great Lakes region honor ancestors and loved ones with traditional and favorite dishes.  Lee Sprague is teaching young people how to harvest and eat the foods that once sustained their tribal ancestors.

  • Recording Native Food Traditions (12 min.)

    With: Ashley Atkins Spivey (College of William & Mary)

    Ashley Atkins Spivey explores the food gathering—from traditional to modern-day–of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe of Virginia.

  • Foraging Techniques (10 min.)

    With: Kevin Finney

    Foraging expert Kevin Finney directed the Jijak Inter-tribal Food Summit.  He worries that many Native recipes have been erased from history and urges people to buy not just local food, but local Native food.

  • Decolonize Your Diet! (14 min.)

    With: Catriona Rueda Esquibel (San Francisco State University)

    Catriona Rueda Esquibel co-authored Decolonize Your Diet, a cookbook that ditches the fast food culture by promoting Mexican dishes that are healthy and rich in plants indigenous to the Americas like corn, beans, squash, greens, herbs, and seeds.