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

Episode 3 - Protecting Bears Ears with Angelo Baca

On the third episode of Maple Sapling Podcast I talk with Angelo Baca(Navajo/Hopi), cultural activist, scholar, filmmaker and currently a doctoral student in anthropology at New York University. He is the cultural resources coordinator at Utah Diné Bikéyah, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the defense and protection of culturally significant ancestral lands.

The National Parks Conservation Association recently designated him as one of “10 Under 40” dynamic cultural activists who make up the association’s Next Generation Advisory Council. He has published a widely read op-ed in the New York Times.

Shash Jaa’: Bears Ears is Angelo Baca’s latest award-winning film about the five tribes of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition that worked together to protect 1.9 million acres of Utah wilderness through a national monument designation.

You can find more information at:

Utah Dine Bikeyah - Protect Bears Ears

Shash Jaa’: Bears Ears

Angelo Baca’s New York Times Article: Bears Ears is Here to Stay


Episode 4 - Lake of Betrayal: The Story of Kinzua Dam with Caleb Abrams

On episode 4 of Caleb Abrams (Seneca) shares his passion for art, storytelling and his role in the documentary about the construction of the Kinzua Dam and its consequences on the Seneca people. Caleb also discusses some of his upcoming projects.

Give Caleb a follow on Social media at:

Twitter: Calebgabrams

Instagram: Calebgabrams

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