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Toasted Sister Podcast

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Toasted Sister is radio about Native American food because it came a long way. Traditional indigenous foodways were lost, found, redefined and modernized in the last few hundred years. And here it is today, in the hands of Native chefs and foodies who work to keep their traditional flavors and ingredients alive. I'm Andi Murphy and I'm talking to as many Indigenous foodies as I can.
63 Episodes
In this episode, I visit Spirit Lake Native Farms in Minnesota and one of its owners, Bruce Savage (Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe), for a tour through the wild rice processing plant. Included in this episode is a short ASMR session that’ll make you tingle. Tour photos are at Mentioned: Bruce’s email address Natives on a Budget Podcast:
In this special episode I talk with Benjamin Shendo (Cochiti and Jemez Pueblo) and Linus Yellowhorse (Tohono O’odham) from Gatherings Cafe at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. They’re a couple of chill dudes who just fell into the kitchen and turned a job into a passion for feeding Indigenous food to Minneapolis’ Native community. Vote for "Toasted Sister Podcast” in the Innovator category of the Local Hero Awards by Edible New Mexico magazine! "What They Say," new album by CW Ayon:
In this episode I talk with Donell Barlow (Ottawa) about her new book, “Bigfoot and Lightning Bug,” a children’s book about Bigfoot and the environment. Donell is a chef, certified holistic health coach and the author of “Medicine Tracks: A Memoir.” Mentioned: “Ancestral guided wellness: A way of life for our ancestors, a movement that could heal our bodies and the planet” by Donell Barlow in Indian Country Today Books mentioned: “Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States: Restoring Culture Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health” by Devon Mihesuah and Elizabeth Hoover “Fresh Alaska Cookbook” by Rob Kinneen “Inventos Mios” by Rubi Orozco Santos “tawâw” by Shane M. Chartrand “Cooking with the Wolfman: Indigenous Fusion” by David Wolfman and Marlene Finn “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley “Imminent Cuisine: Indigenous Food Futurisms” by Toasted Sister Podcast Events mentioned: IndigiPopX Sneak Preview, Saturday, Nov. 9 in Albuquerque “Toasted Sister: A Talk on the Indigenous Food Movement with Andi Murphy of Toasted Sister Podcast” at Virginia Tech on Friday, Nov. 15
E57: Alien Weaponry

E57: Alien Weaponry


Alien Weaponry is a three-piece thrash metal band from New Zealand. The band members, Lewis de Jong (Maori), Henry de Jong (Maori) and Bobby Oblak (substitute bassist for Ethan Trembath), join me in the studio to talk about their U.S tour, the Indigenous history and stories in their music and their love for the Navajo Nation. Their big Window Rock, Arizona show is on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the Navajo Sports Center.
We made a zine about Indigenous food futurisms! It includes 24-pages of all-original work by myself, Monica Braine, junior editor of “Imminent Cuisine,” and seven other Native artists, illustrators, comic book artists, chefs and writers. In this episode, we talk about food in Indigenous futurisms and the work in the zine. Zine contributors: Elizabeth Lapensée (Anishinaabe/Metis/Irish), award-winning designer, writer, artist and researcher who creates and studies Indigenous-led media such as games and comics. Visit Donell Barlow (Ottawa), author of “Medicine Tracks- A Memoir” and the children’s book, “Bigfoot and Lightning Bug.” Donell is a certified holistic health coach. Visit for recipes and more information. Kayla Shaggy (Diné/Anishinaabe), born in Shiprock, New Mexico, Kayla has been drawing comics since she could hold a pencil. To see more of her art and comics check out her website, Tashia Hart (Anishinaabe), writer, artist and biologist from Red Lake, Minnesota. Learn more about her work at Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva/Schottish), comic book artist and illustrator who has been making comics for over 15 years. Mariah Gladstone (Blackfeet/Cherokee), food activist focused on reteaching traditional foods through modern methods. She is the founder of Indigikitchen, Terry Fisher (Coushatta/Jena Band Choctaw/Alabama-Coushatta), halfway right. Inspired by an Indigenous worldview filled with creeps, monsters, pro wrestlers and degenerates.
I spoke to Cienan Muir (Yorta Yorta and Ngarrindjeri) at last year’s Indigenous Comic Con about kangaroo tail and I knew I had to collaborate with him for a future episode about Indigenous food in Australia. Well, this is the episode! While Cienan was in Albuquerque, I lured him into the studio to talk more about Indigenous foods in Australia, Native stories in pop culture and the upcoming Indigenous Comic Con Australia.
Germaine Simonson (Navajo) never operated a cash register before she took over ownership of Rocky Ridge Gas and Market, a grocery store in the middle of rural Navajo Nation, Arizona. This episode is about food entrepreneurship, making future plans and genuinely wanting to provide useful services for the Native community. Included is an interview with Jessica Stago, program director of business incubation for Change Labs. Produced with help from Alisha Murphy, my little sister and doctoral student focused on tribal economic development. More photos at
Do you know how much money you spend on food? If you’re like me, finding out that triple-digit number will make you sick. In this episode, Monica Braine (Natives on a Budget, Native America Calling) and I take a 31 Day No Eating Out Challenge that give us perspective into our spending and eating habits.
Chef Lawrence Garcia (Acoma and Navajo), executive chef at Sky City Casino, in New Mexico is skilled at making odd ingredients taste good together, which is a skill he needed for 505 Food Fights, a charitable event that brings together all kinds of chefs from Albuquerque. In this episode, I follow him and Diné chef Josh Nez through the tournament.
In this special episode I catch up with some awesome women at the 2nd Native Women’s Business Summit, a powerful event for Native women entrepreneurs to lift each other up, network and encourage business growth in Native America. The women in this episode see the importance of food in business and Native traditions. I speak with: Addie Lucero (Taos) — Dancing Butterfly Naturals Percilla Frizzell (Diné) — Sacred Generations Reyna Benteah (Zuni) — Ts’uyya Farm Kathy Sanchez (San Ildefonso) — Tewa Women United Shayai Lucero (Laguna and Acoma) — Earth and Sky Flora Designs and Gallery
No one really likes to be told what to do especially when it comes to food. Food is culture and to be told that that’s not good enough by outsiders, well, that makes us angry. In this episode Lynn Lane (Diné), community health nutritionist, and Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz (Tewa and Chicana), chef and holistic healer, are no longer gentle Indians.
The 2018 Southwest Native American Workshop on Bats gathered a couple dozen bat researchers and biologists from federal, state and tribal entities to talk about bat conservation ahead of the spread of white-nose syndrome (WNS) in the Southwest. They also focused on where bats fit into Native culture. Voices in the episode: Lawrence Abeita (Isleta), wildlife biologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Dr. Ernie Valdez, research wildlife biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey Dr. Mike Medrano, chief of resource stewardship and science for the Guadalupe Mountains National Park Nelson Luna (Zuni), director of biology for the Pueblo of Zuni Timothy Smith (Mescalero Apache), biological technician for the Pueblo of Sandia Taylor Silva (Diné), Navajo Nation Department of Fish & Wildlife Roger Rodriguez, regional bat monitoring research assistant at Oregon State University
In this episode I talk with Brian Tatsukawa, culinary instructor at the Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, New Mexico, and a few of his students about why a career in culinary arts is important and what challenges young students have cooking on the reservation.
I partnered up with Eater magazine to include Pueblo bread in their Guide to the Southwest. In the process of writing this article, I took a journey through some of the Pueblos in New Mexico to learn about Pueblo bread. This episode includes voices from bakers from Jemez, Taos, Zuni and Laguna Pueblos. Link to "The Wondrous Bread of the Pueblo Nations" article: Visit the episode at for more photos
In this episode, I talk with Curtis Basina (Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians), owner of the Copper Crow Distillery in Wisconsin about stereotypes, vodka drinks and what repeal of prohibition could mean for tribes. Yes, I said “prohibition.” Did you know that up until December 2018 tribes were banned from operating distilleries on reservations? A law changed that so tribes are able to open distilleries if they want to.
For this special episode I take a road trip to El Paso, Texas where I learn more about Mexican food and the Indigenous food culture at this stretch of the border. You’ll hear from Rick Quezada, cultural preservation director at Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, Lorena Andrade, director of La Mujer Obrera and Rubi Orozco Santos, poet and public health educator. Photo: “The Equis” monument that stands over Cuidad Juárez near the border was made by Mexican sculpture Enrique Carbajal González. It symbolizes the intersection of Indigenous people of Mexico and the Spanish.
Native American Natural Foods makes Tanka Bars, the first brand of bison meat bars, experienced a couple of ups and downs in business since it started in 2006. But since competition from non-Native companies swept up all the investments and money in the last couple of years, Tanka Bar is left to restructure its brand. In this episode, I talk with Mark Tilsen, president and co-founder of Native American Natural Foods. The New Food Economy article: “Bison bars were supposed to restore Native communities and grass-based ranches. Then came Epic Provisions.”
In this special episode I report from the first Southwest Intertribal Food Summit in Taos, New Mexico. It was a two-day event filled with good food and knowledge sharing between Southwest Natives who are working in the food sovereignty movement. Visit to see photos from this trip. In the episode: Lilian Hill from Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture Institute, Terrol Dew Johnson from the Tohono O’odham Community Action group, Tiana Suazo with the Taos County Economic Development Corporation, Julio Saqui, owner of Che’il Mayan Products, Taos governor, Gilbert Suazo Sr., Tammy Sandoval with Tiwa Kitchen and Rowen White with the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network.
In this special episode I hand the reins over to my real sister, Alisha Murphy (Diné). She went to the World Indigenous Business Forum in New Zealand and came back with some T-shirts for our parents, some keychains for her friends and some audio for me. Alisha made some new Maori friends and naturally talked about food with them. Hey, it runs in the family.
Towana Yepa (Jemez Pueblo) comes from a family of gardeners. She’s a business woman who owns and operates her own farm called Corn Pollen Trail Farms in Ponderosa, New Mexico. In this episode, she talks about her origins, the challenges of being an Indigenous woman farmer and filling a need for fresh options in her Native community. I also talk with Tina Archuleta (Jemez Pueblo), owner of Itality: Plant Based Wellness (rapper who goes by MagmaDawta), a health food business that also fills a need for fresh food in the same community.
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