Still Mushing: An Update from Joe, George Attla’s Grandnephew

We are pleased that we could get Joe Bifelt, the grandnephew of legendary dogsled racer George Attla, to send us an update on his life since the film about George’s life, ATTLA, ended. George may have technically been Joe’s great uncle but as you’ll see here he considers George another grandfather, and despite George’s passing, … READ MORE

Telling the Incredible True Story of a Dogsledding Legend

Filmmaker Catharine Axley seeks stories of empowerment through subjects that defy expectations, and the lesser-known but remarkable story of George Attla certainly qualifies. Axley’s film ATTLA, which won Best Feature Documentary at the American Indian Film Festival, looks at the charismatic Alaska Native dogsled racer who, with one good leg and fierce determination, became a legendary sports hero … READ MORE

ATTLA – “Rich Man’s Sport” – Clip

In a scene from ATTLA, Joe Bifelt, the grand-nephew of legendary Alaska Native dogsled racer George Attla, reflects on growing up not fully appreciating how much of a champion his great uncle was, in a culture where you don’t brag about your accomplishments. Together they watch an old TV interview in which Attla gives humorously … READ MORE

How This Navajo Chef Brings His Native Food Traditions Back | alter-NATIVE: Kitchen Ep. 1

“How This Navajo Chef Brings His Native Food Traditions Back.” Brian Yazzie, a Diné/Navajo traveling chef now based in St. Paul, MN, does presentations demonstrating Native cooking across the country while mentoring Native youth. Brian uses modern techniques with Indigenous ingredients, and he himself had a great mentor in the James Beard Award-winning Sean Sherman, … READ MORE

What Is “Pre-Colonial” Cooking? | alter-NATIVE: Kitchen Ep. 5

“What Is ‘Pre-Colonial’ Cooking?” Seattle-based chef Hillel Echo-Hawk focuses on traditional Pawnee foods, before Columbus and colonization, which means no dairy, no chicken, no processed sugar, all foods that led to an increase in obesity among Native people. Her catering company, which emphasizes hiring an all-Native staff, is preparing for its largest gig ever, a … READ MORE

What a Six Course, Gourmet Native American Meal Looks Like | alter-NATIVE: Kitchen Ep. 6

“What a Six-Course, Gourmet Native American Meal Looks Like.” All three Indigenous chefs featured in alter-NATIVE: Kitchen come together to prepare a multi-course meal of Native cuisine for a select group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Los Angeles. From Brian’s agave-roasted rabbit tacos to Kalā’s (cooking solo for a change) imu-cooked kalua pork to … READ MORE

Conscience Point

Beneath the mystique of The Hamptons, among the wealthiest zip codes in the US, lies the history of the area’s original inhabitants, The Shinnecock Indian Nation, who were edged off their land over the course of hundreds of years, relocated to an impoverished reservation, and condemned to watch their sacred burial grounds plowed to make … READ MORE

ATTLA – Trailer

ATTLA tells the gripping story of George Attla, a charismatic Alaska Native dogsled racer who, with one good leg and fierce determination, became a legendary sports hero in Northern communities around the world. Part dog whisperer, part canny businessman and part heartthrob, Attla rose to international fame during a unique period of history when Western … READ MORE

alter-NATIVE: Kitchen

Purveyors of America’s Indigenous foods are forging a resurgence of native dishes that satisfy a new generation hungering for insight and culinary delight. Meet three talented young Indigenous chefs — Brian Yazzie, a Navajo/Diné chef originally from Arizona, now based in Minnesota; Kalā Domingo, a Hawaiian culinary student and heir to his dad’s catering throne; … READ MORE