Quick Sketch Peek

Dear Friends,

I’ve gotten requests to see some of the illustrations that I’m working on for “Gidjie and the Wolves” (Intermediaries, book 1), and thought I would take a moment to share a quick pencil sketch version of the illustration that accompanies the prologue. The final image will be digital, as I’m working in Procreate to finish the illustrations after doing all of the pencil sketches.

Also! Tune into 103.3 KUMD MN Reads tomorrow at 8:10 am to hear myself and host of MN Reads, Lisa Johnson, talk about the creation, inspiration and execution of “Gidjie and the Wolves.” 

Easy Manoomin + Bison Stir Fry

Serves 3-4

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.

‘Imminent Cuisine’ – a new Food in Indigenous Futurisms Zine

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.

You can order the zine here : https://toastedsisterpodcast.com/support/

Food Fights

This is my first digital cartoon!

I made it after an invasion in the kitchen by SYSCO at the 2019 Oneida Food Sovereignty Summit, followed by a swift kicking of SYSCO’s ass by the local Oneida community. 

It’s a little goofy-looking and basic, but it’s relevant to the struggle happening with the Indigenous Foods Movement so I decided to share it. I had fun making it and look forward to making more : )

The People’s Protectors

‘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

https://www.pbs.org/video/the-peoples-protectors-6k3ymf/?fbclid=IwAR0lN6Z-U5xl9XVXBb9eI9jU-cv3n8yKh9Pk2ij2gPZekQgNJvhxaIrvtLY