BROWNING — Mariah Gladstone, a Blackfeet and Cherokee woman from Babb in Glacier County, found her recipe for success through her online cooking show called “Indigikitchen.”
Indigikitchen uses digital media as an educational tool to revitalize traditional indigenous food knowledge. She started making her videos in 2017, and now they’ve taken off.
“I think people, whether Indigenous or not, are really starting to get interested and excited about connecting healthy food systems and local food systems. That’s why making these recipes digitally accessible is so important.
It’s no lie that much of the native culture was slowly being erased from today’s Native Americans. Now Mariah is doing her best to expose natives and non-natives to this culture.
“It rebuilds the cultural bond between Indian Country and our indigenous communities and helps recognize the breadth of knowledge our ancestors possessed”
The safety of each dish is Mariah’s main concern. She handcrafts and chooses the best alternative ingredients that are both delicious and locally accessible.
“There’s food, there’s connection, there’s culture, but there’s also a sense of place, belonging and worth. Plus, we eat delicious food along the way! »
Mariah recently received several awards, including the Dream Starter Award which she will use while working with FAST Blackfeet to help them build community gardens and help the community learn how to grow vegetables in Montana’s harsh climate.
“Helping our community members recognize that we can rebuild our food systems and regain our food sovereignty and our community’s ability to feed itself is my goal”
You can find her recipes at indigikitchen.com.
“I will continue to spread it and share more knowledge, especially as I continue to learn more knowledge too”