Category: Indigenous Cultures & Anthropology

The Curious History of Pumpkins (+ Recipes!)

Adapted from The Curious History of Vegetables by Wolf Storl Next spring, we’re publishing a fascinating new book called The Curious History of Vegetables—part folklore, part anthropology, and 100% love letter to the surprisingly rich secret life of food. It takes a deep look into the roles different veggies have played in the development of our cultures, societies, and identities, …continue

The Cree Healer Series, Part 5

Guest Post by David Young, Robert Rogers, and Russell Willier   Last time, the authors of A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle discussed the categorization of plants, both scientifically and in keeping with Cree orthography. Here, they talk about another big challenge in writing their book: revealing enough information about Russell’s medicine bundle to be effective while still …continue

The Cree Healer Series, Part 4

Guest Post by David Young, Robert Rogers, and Russell Willier   Last week, David, Robert, and Russell tackled the logistical challenges they faced when researching and compiling A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle. Today, they discuss the process of identifying and naming plants Russell uses in his practice. You can read the previous posts here: Part …continue

The Cree Healer Series, Part 3

Guest Post by David Young, Robert Rogers, and Russell Willier   In last week’s blog post, the authors of A Cree Healer and his Medicine Bundle discussed the difficulties and sensitive nature of obtaining Native support to publish healing wisdom that was long kept close to the source. Once they got the go-ahead, there were far more immediate and …continue

The Cree Healer Series, Part 1

Guest Post by David Young, Robert Rogers, and Russell Willier   In our June release, A Cree Healer and his Medicine Bundle, medicine man Russell Willier, anthropologist David Young, and ethnobotanist Robert Rogers offer readers entrée into the sacred world of the Cree healing arts. In an attempt to preserve Native wisdom before it’s too …continue