Sustainable Sovereignty

The following article was originally published in Orion Magazine, a national bimonthly focusing on nature/culture/place. It has also been available on the Mvskoke Country website, but this is the first time it has appeared in the Muscogee Nation News. Two annual growing seasons have come and gone since I profiled MFSI and the Wilson community … Continue reading Sustainable Sovereignty

Reclaiming the Chickasaw Plum

Just as there are many ways to track time through the calendar year, there can be various methods for charting the lands of this remarkable continent. A notable effort to reconceive "America" on the basis of culinary geography is documented in the recent book Renewing America's Food Traditions. Edited by ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan, this … Continue reading Reclaiming the Chickasaw Plum

Participating with Nature

Anyone who studies traditional ecological knowledge learns to appreciate the vitality of indigenous languages. "The way we talk about a place or other entity reflects how we feel, how we see, how we understand, and most important, how we think in reference to it," writes Tewa educator Gregory Cajete. "Language itself is a reflection of … Continue reading Participating with Nature

Cokv-Walv Mvskoke Redux

The reliable return of summer solstice means the end of one year and the beginning of another in Mvskoke country. Like other indigenous Americans, Mvskoke people "survived by knowing their natural environment well and making direct use of its surpluses. It was a land of abundance, but that abundance was only available to those who … Continue reading Cokv-Walv Mvskoke Redux