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.”
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