Welcome to Indigikitchen!
Indigikitchen, a portmanteau of Indigenous, digital, and kitchen, is an online cooking show dedicated to re-indigenizing our diets using digital media. Using foods native to their Americas, Indigikitchen gives viewers the important tools they need to find and prepare food in their own communities. Beyond that, it strengthens the ties to our cultures and reminds us of the inherent worth of our identities while fueling our physical bodies. Indigenous food systems support healthier ecosystems, bodies, and families.
Food as Resistance
It’s no secret that healthy eating generally involves avoiding processed foods and preservatives. Indigenous foods like wild game, berries, corn, squash, and wild rice are far easier for the digestive system to process than wheat flour, dairy, and sugar. In the case of Natives, there is the added benefit of cultural revitalization; pre-contact foods, especially those harvested locally, are a testament to the resilience of Native lifestyles and a delicious way of resisting colonization.
Mariah Gladstone (Blackfeet, Cherokee) grew up in Northwest Montana. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Environmental Engineering and returned home where she developed Indigikitchen. Mariah has been recognized as a "Champion for Change" through the Center for Native American Youth, a "Culture of Health Leader" through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and an MIT Solve Indigenous Communities Fellow. She serves on the board of the FAST (Food Access and Sustainability Team) Blackfeet. Mariah is a Sloan Scholar currently completing her Master's Degree at SUNY - ESF through the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.
Kenneth Cook was born and raised on the Onondaga Nation in Central New York. The benefits of growing up in a very rich traditional community led to experience in a variety of fields, including permaculture, ranching, community organizing, woodworking, and other Haudenosaunee arts. Kenneth owned and operated a private contracting company for over 10 years, building and repairing homes. After completing the Onondaga language immersion program, Kenneth took a position as a language teacher at the Onondaga Nation School, blending language revitalization with cultural knowledge. He is studying Environmental Science at Blackfeet Community College and is on the board of FAST Blackfeet.