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

For Tribal Communities, Battle Over Land Is Nothing New

By Jordan Dresser Sometimes, two people can look out of the same window and see two very different things.  This outlook sprang to my mind while watching Treva Wurmfeld’s Conscience Point, which tells the story of the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s fight to preserve and protect the land they call home in Long Island, New York. Relocated to … READ MORE

Jewel’s Hunt

Sixteen-year-old Jewel Wilson is the next generation in a long line of prolific Inupiat subsistence hunters in Unalakleet, Alaska. Her ability to hunt moose is hindered by two pressing issues – scarce wildlife and the pressures of high school life. Finding sufficient food competes with track practice and homework in Jewel’s multilayered world. Along with … READ MORE

In Opulent Hamptons Filmmaker Asks, Whose Land Is it Anyway?

Treva Wurmfeld was named one Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film a few years back and made her mark first with her festival award-winning film Shepard and Dark about iconic American playwright Sam Shepard’s lifelong friendship with reclusive writer and archivist Johnny Dark. She’s worked on films with Hollywood director Doug Liman and studied … READ MORE

The Interpreters

The Interpreters is a poignant but tense portrayal of a very human and high-stakes side of war’s aftermath, the story of how Afghan and Iraqi interpreters risked their lives aiding American troops–but then became the people we left behind.

Conscience Point – No Mosquitos, No Fish – Clip

In this scene from Conscience Point, a Long Island bayman takes us out into the coast off of the Hamptons to show how much fish and shellfish populations have been reduced due to mosquito control, affecting the ecosystem and destroying his livelihood. He feels the Shinnecock Indian Nation are the only people who’ve ever kept … READ MORE