Tashia Hart is Anishinaabe from Red Lake, MN.
She is a writer and artist specializing in birch bark and beaded jewelry.
She is currently working on two book projects:
GIDJIE AND THE WOLVES is a middle grade novel, the first in a series that stars Gidjie, an Anishinaabe girl who lives in a multi-layered world near the shore of Lake Superior. Her best friend is an opossum. Her grandmother is an expert baker, traveling animal medic, and part-time bird. Gidjie herself is about to set off on an adventure to discover who she is and what she is capable of.
THE MANOOMIN COOKBOOK (title tentative) is her first full-length, non-fiction book project, to be published by the Minnesota Historical Society in the fall of 2021.
2 cups cooked manoomin 1 lb ground bison 1 red pepper 1 half head broccoli 1/2 small onion diced 1 cup sliced mushrooms 4 eggs (optional)
Cook bison + onion w/a little oil until bison is halfway done in a large frying pan. Add veggies + mushrooms, cover pan and let cook 4-5 minutes, stirring every couple minutes. Stir in eggs (optional) and seasonings of choice. When veggies start to soften, add rice, stir, turn down heat and cover for 2 minutes. Put on bib. Chow down on the couch so you can fall asleep just happy and full afterwards.
I was recently asked by Andi Murphy, creator of Toasted Sister Podcast (https://toastedsisterpodcast.com)–a podcast with the tag-line–‘Radio about Native American food’–if I wanted to contribute a to her new endeavor, a first of its kind zine about Food in Indigenous Futurisms.
HECK YES I told her!
I asked for help calling in a story from the ether that would be meaningful and the response was… write about ‘dump bears.’
Now, I’m not the kind of person who disobeys these responses when they come, so I did as I was told. The short story, “Rez Dog Power!” was the result.
‘Native American veterans reflect on their experiences in the military during the Vietnam War. Even as they struggled with their relationship to the United States government from past oppression; the Dakota, Lakota, and Ojibwe warriors still felt compelled to honor their duty to their people as Akichita | Ogichidaag| Warriors, as protectors of the people.’ -via PBS
Follow the link below to watch the Special | 56m 23s on pbs.org
Aaniin Indiniwemaaganag! I’m happy to announce that I’m authoring a cookbook about Manoomin and Wild Foods of Minnesota in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society Press.
In addition to creating 50+ recipes myself, I am including about 2 dozen recipes featuring Manoomin (could be the focus, could be a small part of the dish) from Minnesota and across the country. Manoomin–and everything about the Good Berry–is special to many. And I’m going to represent that.
I can’t tell you how excited, humbled, and ready-to-go I am for this project. I have wanted to write a wild foods book for years.
For details, click on the Call for Submissions tab above, and please feel free to share it within your circles!
Red Lake Reservation, 1946. This short film touches briefly about farming, art–featuring artist Patrick Robert DesJarlait–as well as fishing and logging. The Narration in this film isn’t geared towards an Anishinaabeg audience, and was at times hard to listen to, but I did enjoy seeing the people living life in 1946.
This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive and courtesy of The Internet Archive.