The Indigenous Foods Expo brought in over 1600 guests!
Miigwech for all your support.
Photos from the event are being uploaded to this page over the next few days, check back here to see more pictures from the event.
About the Expo
For the latter half of the century, Indigenous people across the United States have been gaining traction in a movement to revitalize our traditional ways. Using mediums like art, music, and poetry, our communities have been uplifting the voices of our ancestors. Amidst this collective revitalization, an often overlooked medium of expression has emerged as a powerful tool to inspire political and social action - Indigenous food.
Our food can’t be experienced by one’s sense of taste alone - beyond seasonings and healthy, localized ingredients, our food contains history. Within it is the power to connect, resurrect, and heal.
On September 21, 2019, the American Indian Community Housing Organization plans to host Duluth’s first large-scale Indigenous Foods Expo, bringing together Indigenous food producers, chefs, artists, musicians and hundreds of community members to experience flavors and culture from across our Indigenous nations in one festival. In the heart of Duluth, we’ve reserved Central Hillside Park in the Hillside neighborhood and a section of 4th Street from our market to its busy intersection at Lake Avenue.
Chef Sean Sherman, founder of the company The Sioux Chef, is confirmed as our featured guest speaker and will provide an Indigenous food cooking demonstration, alongside other Indigenous foods experts from all around. The event will be the first of its kind in the region and will be entirely free and open to the public, supplying not just one, but many answers to the question of what exactly is Indigenous food.
The Indigenous Foods Expo will include a fantastic lineup of Indigenous musicians as part of a free concert.
Annie Humphrey is a woman who makes moccasins, cares for her chickens and family, runs a sugar bush in the spring, rices and nets at each summers end, picks plant medicines, tends to her garden, paints murals, writes songs, plays piano. She leaves home to do shows in between. Humphrey grew up on the Leech Lake Ojibwe Reservation in Northern Minnesota.
#theindianheadband is reclaiming Indigenous American music one gig at a time. Lyz Jaakola and family are #theindianheadband. Lyz is the lead singer, and spouse Jackson Ripley plays rhythm guitar. Hunter Jaakola, Dave Ripley and Jeremy Gardner play lead, bass and drums respectively. Christa Drake also performs on vocals and percussion. The family plays music by, about and for Native Americans with a unique twist on each song, such as mashups or remixes of lyrics.
Wahwahtay Benais is a hip hop artist from the Leech Lake Ojibwe Reservation located in Northern Minnesota. He has organized music exhibitions and workshops focusing on community empowerment and reconnecting to traditional teachings and culture on reservations, as well as performing on a national level. Wahwahtay Benais continues to utilize his artistic expression to promote cultural identity, decolonization and resistance through hip-hop music
Jake Vainio (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe tribal member) is a Minneapolis based performer and producer whose interests lie in R&B, hip hop, electronic music and afrofuturism. His music explores elements of traditional jazz harmonies and improvisation, while still keeping its roots in the world of breakbeat drum machine rhythms and lush synthesizer soundscapes. For fans of Boards of Canada, KAYTRANADA or the softer side of Aphex Twin.