Maple Sapling Podcast

Mission: The legacy of colonialism has caused destruction on indigenous peoples minds, diets, and lands. From scorched earth policies to trade liberation, settler-colonial ideologies have held indigenous lifeways in contempt. therefore, fueling an ever-growing resistance to the infringement of fishing & hunting rights on indigenous lands, undoubtedly, what a time it is to be indigenous. Maple Sapling Podcast aims to feature the current generation as we mobilize to reclaim ancestral foodways and culture. by decolonizing food systems we bridge healthy relationships to identity, language, and land. I discuss the social movements natives are engaging with at the intersection of food, history, and identity.

Episode 1 - Food Sovereignty with Elizabeth Hoover

To kick-off my podcast I speak with Elizabeth Hoover (Mohawk & Mik'maq), a Manning Assistant Professor of American Studies at Brown University where she teaches courses on environmental health and justice in Native communities, Indigenous food movements, and community engaged research.

Her second book project From “Garden Warriors” to “Good Seeds;” Indigenizing the Local Food Movement explores Native American farming and gardening projects around the country: the successes and challenges faced by these organizations, the ways in which participants define and envision concepts like food sovereignty, and importance of heritage seeds. Elizabeth also serves on the executive committee of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA), and the newly formed Slow Food Turtle Island regional association.

Podcast Notes to add on the website: (Websites/People and/or documents that Elizabeth Hoover mentions in the interview.)

Episode 2 - Native Hunting Perspectives with Jonathan Gill

On the second episode of The Maple Sapling Podcast I interview Jonathan Gill (Seneca/Lakota) as he reflects on family stories and lessons learned while hunting Whitetail Deer on the Cattaraugus Territory.

Jonathan is an Oglala Lakota/Seneca young man raised and currently living on the Cattaraugus Indian Territory. He’s an avid outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman, and lacrosse player. He’s currently involved with his family’s farm: Walnut Grove Farm where he helps maintain the grounds. He’s also involved in a construction training program on the Seneca Territory, He has been accepted into Salish Kootenai College in northwestern Montana, where he aims his academic focus on Forestry and Forest Management. 

You can follow him on the gram’ @jgill26