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The Way Home (Encore)

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We visit two distinct projects working with food to revitalize identity and ancestry:

Part one: In many Indigenous communities, there’s a gap in knowledge about growing and cooking traditional foods. On the Blackfeet Nation in rural Montana, Mariah Gladstone and Kenneth Cook are trying to change that. They launched an online cooking show called Indigikitchen and in this episode, we follow them into the field as they harvest a bison and film the process.

Part two: Dr. Keitlyn Alcantara studies the reason the Tlaxcala, an indigenous tribe living in central Mexico, were able to survive the expansive Aztec empire in the period just before colonization. Her analysis of their remains shows they survived in part because of the way they cultivated and shared food. So, with the help of the Bloomington, Indiana community, she started a Healing Garden – a place especially for members of a diaspora to connect with familiar plants, with the earth and with each other.

Image Credit: Amy Gastelum

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  • Kenneth Cook, helps operate Indigikitchen

  • Mariah Gladstone, founder of Indigikitchen

  • Boyd Evans, rancher on Blackfeet Nation

  • Dr Keitlyn Alcantara, assistant professor of archeology at Indiana University

  • Margarita Martinez Osorio, PhD student of history at Indiana University

  • Andre Bispo de Jesus, gardener at Indiana University


The Making Contact Team

  • Guest Reporter: Kathleen Shannon
  • Host: Salima Hamirani, Amy Gastelum
  • Interim Executive Director: Jessica Partnow
  • Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Amy Gastelum, Salima Hamirani


Music Credits:

  • Caslo – Freedom

  • Jonny Ripper – Opening Credits

  • Danny Bale – Grevillia Music

Author: Radio Project

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