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Green Corn: Change and Transmission of the Life Sustainers

Speaker: Dave and Wendy Bray | Air Date: September 12, 2018 | Run Time: 46mins | S1 E5 The Native Seed Pod Series

Speaker: Dave and Wendy Bray | Air Date: September 12, 2018 | Run Time: 46mins | S1 E5 The Native Seed Pod Series

Green Corn: Change and Transmission of the Life Sustainers

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This podcast episode features husband-wife team and Traditional Knowledge Holders Dave and Wendy Bray from the Seneca Nation in Western New York.  Dave Bray is a traditional corn farmer and teacher and Wendy Bray a professional educator, cook, and keeper of Oneo-gen, Seneca white corn.  Together, and with their daughter, Kaylena Bray (who worked with The Cultural Conservancy for 5 years as the Native Foodways coordinator), they brought the gift of Oneo-gen to us in 2013. In this conversation, Dave and Wendy return to the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden in Novato, California, where TCC has been growing their beautiful corn for six seasons.  After many years, they return to TCC’s corn fields, observe the changes and health of the corn, and teach Green Corn harvesting and cooking methods. 

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Standing in the Three Sisters Milpa Garden on a hot August day, they talk about the process of sharing their heirloom Native white corn with The Cultural Conservancy and the urban, intertribal community of Northern California, and share teachings about the many associated traditions of the Haudenosaunee Nation. The history and science of corn, green corn traditional dishes and cooking methods, the Longhouse seasonal ceremonial cycle, and the gift of the Life Sustainers are all discussed with wisdom, humility, and humor.


ABOUT Dave and Wendy

Short films by TCC featuring the Brays:


ADDITIONAL WORKS

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CREDITS

Host/Writer/Director: Melissa K. Nelson
Producer: Sara Moncada
Co-producer: Mateo Hinojosa
Audio Editor and Engineer: Colin Farish
Assistants: Luke Reppe, Yvonne Martinez

Songs (in order of appearance):

Opening theme song (excerpt): “Life” by Colin Farish featuring Airto Moreira on seed pods and Glen Velez on Irish Bodran frame drum

Enrique Salmon flute, arrangement by Colin Farish

Ella Rose piano & vocal, excerpt entitled “Native Insight” by Ella Rose

Eagle Dance song, sung by Eddie Madril featuring Glen Velez (shakers), arrangement by Colin Farish

Closing song (excerpt): “Waking from the Roots” by Colin Farish featuring John Carlos Perea (flutes) from Coyote Jump (Canyon Records 2012)

           

Trusting in Abundance: Finding Your Regeneration Niche

Speaker: Robin Kimmerer | Air Date: August 11, 2018 | Run Time: 64mins | The Native Seed Pod Series

Speaker: Robin Kimmerer | Air Date: August 11, 2018 | Run Time: 64mins | The Native Seed Pod Series

TRUSTING in abundance: Finding your Regeneration Niche

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In this intimate dialogue between Native Seed Pod host Melissa Nelson and special guest Potawatomi botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer, we explore with them the beauty and sophistication of seed germination and how plants use their inherent intelligence to locate their regeneration niches to thrive in place.  Robin shares her vast botanical knowledge and insight to discuss the generosity of berries, ant farmers that embed trillium seeds, and amazing pin cherry seeds that have built-in spectrophotometers to read light.

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Using Indigenous and Western sciences and Anishinaabe language and philosophy, Robin and Melissa explore topics such as reciprocity, the sovereignty of being, the Rights of Nature, bio-cultural restoration, and collective remembering. They reveal a poetic and rooted understanding of belonging and kinship so needed in our fragmented society today, reflecting their own kinship as Anishinaabeg relatives.


ABOUT ROBIN

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Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, writer and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She is also founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. In collaboration with tribal partners, she and her students have an active research program in the ecology and restoration of plants of cultural significance. She is active in efforts to introduce the benefits of traditional ecological knowledge to the scientific community, in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge. Robin is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Her writings include Gathering Moss which was awarded the prestigious John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing in 2005. Her second book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants was honored with the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. Robin earned her B.S. in Botany from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and her M.S. and Ph.D in Botany from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the author of numerous scientific papers on the ecology of mosses and restoration ecology. As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.


ADDITIONAL WORKS BY ROBIN WALL KIMMERER:

CREDITS

Host/Writer/Director: Melissa K. Nelson
Producer: Sara Moncada
Co-producer: Mateo Hinojosa
Audio Editor and Engineer: Colin Farish
Assistants: Luke Reppe, Yvonne Martinez

Songs (in order of appearance):

Opening theme song: “Life” by Colin Farish featuring Airto Moreira on seed pods and Glen Velez on Irish Bodran frame drum

Eagle Dance song, sung by Eddie Madril

Kanyon’s Chumash Grandmother Song - Kanyon Sayers-Roods