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Ep. 13: Aganaq Kostenborder on weaving with Willow, reconsidering weaving with culturally sensitive plants, getting to know plants over time

This episode of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Aganaq Kostenborder, a mixed indigenous weaver, craftsperson, seamstress, and artist currently living in Oregon. We talk about her relationship to Willow, rethinking weaving with culturally sensitive plants, watching plants and learning from them all throughout the year, how baskets can hold moments in time and place, how baskets can gravitate towards the people they are meant for. Aganaq and I have been friends for years,...


Ep. 12: Turtle T. Turtlington on mead making, changing culture through fermentation, working with edgy plants, alchemy, alcohol and the poison path.

Episode 12 of The Ground Shots Podcast. This longer *bonus* episode of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Turtle T. Turtlington on all things mead making while we drink several bottles of homemade mead Turtle brewed. Turtle was previously a guest on episode four of the podcast, where he chronicles his walk across the width of California. We talk about: instructions on how to make mead details on primary and secondary fermentation in mead making mead circles...


Ep. 11: Woniya Thibeault on connecting to the wild through ancestral skills, farming, hide tanning and cultural sensitivity, Woniya's book projects and more.

Episode 11 of the Ground Shots Podcast. A conversation recorded by the south fork of the Trinity River in Hyampom, California with ancestral skills instructor Woniya Thibeault. We talk about: connecting to the wild through ancestral skills, the pros and cons of farming, wild tending, having cultural sensitivity around ancestral skills and an awareness of colonization, various fibers for spinning or knitting, the Weaving Earth program, Woniya's various book projects, and...


Ep. 10: Adam Stolte and his Goats. Thoughts on modern day pastoralism, domestication, Pacific Northwest plants for goat forage, and more.

Episode Ten of the Ground Shots Podcast. Episode ten is part field recording, part interview done while walking with Adam Stolte and his goat herd (plus the pig Ragnar) this past September in Hood River, Oregon. On our evening walk through Douglas Fir groves, Scotch Broom died back and Hazelnut, we discuss a number of topics related to goats, pastoralism, public lands, nomadism, connecting to the land through animals, plants that goats love to forage in this specific region, writers and...


Ep. #9: Christiana Hedlund on her art and craft practice, the feeling of color, place informed design

Episode nine of the Ground Shots Podcast. A conversation with artist and designer Christiana Hedlund on her art and craft practice, the feeling of color, place informed design, her Signal Fire experience, and more. We talk about: Christiana’s study of painting and craft in the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, France and Mexico. Colors and how they affect people differently and often reflect something about the land around us or perhaps our current social and political...


Ep. 8: Mario Tarasco, N.D., on navigating accessibility of care in Naturopathic medicine, harm reduction approaches working with addiction, the opiate crisis and more.

Episode eight of the Ground Shots Podcast. A conversation with Naturopathic doctor and herbalist Mario Tarasco on working with low-income & at-risk populations as a Naturopathic doctor, taking the harm reduction and non-shaming approach to working with addiction, the current opiate crisis in the U.S., herbal apprenticeships and more. We talk about: How Oregon's laws make it easier than in other states for Naturopathic doctors to provide care for low-income and at-risk...


Ep. 7: Rebecca Beyer on syncretism in Appalachian Folk Herbalism, moral questions surrounding wildcrafting, cultural appropriation and more.

Episode seven of the Ground Shots Podcast. A conversation with folk herbalist, teacher, witch and forager Rebecca Beyer of Blood and Spicebush, out of Barnardsville, NC. We talk about: a few plants in the southern Appalachia and the folklore around them different ways to think about how to responsibly teach about Appalachian folk herbalism acknowledging the erasure of the contributions of West African folks to Appalachian folk herbalism practices due to white...


Ep. 6: Tilke Elkins on Investigating Color with Natural Pigments, Questions Surrounding Pigment Harvest, Defining Wilderness

Episode six of the Ground Shots Podcast. A conversation with artist Tilke Elkins on the investigation of color through natural pigments and experiential art. We talk about: harvesting and processing natural pigments navigating moral questions surrounding settlers harvesting natural pigments for art, craft or to sell the historical invention of synthetic pigments and how it affected art and the accessibility of paint creative explorations of urban art questioning our...


Ep. 5: Ryan Pierce on the work of Signal Fire, an organization that unites art, activism and the outdoors

Episode Five of the Ground Shots Podcast. A conversation with artist Ryan Pierce out of Portland, Oregon on the work of the organization Signal Fire, which aims to connect artists and activists to wild spaces through unique programming. We talk about: How Signal Fire started, it's mission and evolution as a unique non-profit that blends wilderness retreats, artist residencies and environmental activism together. How Signal Fire navigates inclusivity and relevancy for many different...


Ep. 4: Turtle T. Turtlington on the TransCalifornia Trail, the importance of pilgrimage and remembering the late Frank Cook

Episode four of the Ground Shots Podcast. Interview with Sky Turtle, gardener and artist currently based in Nevada City, California. Bio from the Plants and Healers International website, an organization that Turtle co-leads trips with, and serves as a board member: “T.T. Turtlington is a gardener, artist and teacher. He lived for seven years at Earthaven EcoVillage in Black Mountain, North Carolina studying permaculture, community design and sustainable technologies. In 2003 he...


Ep. 3: Laurie Quesinberry on traditional Appalachian root digging in Laurel Fork, VA, issues around wildcrafting woodland medicinals and more.

Episode Three of the Ground Shots Podcast. Interview with Laurie Quesinberry, 'granny root digger' and founder of Bear Alchemy out of Laurel Fork, Virginia, a small community in southern Appalachia. We talk about: the complexity of traditional Appalachian root digging the complicated nature of wildcrafting, especially in the southern Appalachia alternatives to digging highly sought after Appalachian root medicine like Black Cohosh and Ginseng-- using leaf medicine and Laurie's...


Ep. 2: Emily Stock on being an herbalist in Moab, medicine making using the stars, Bear's Ears National Monument and public lands issues in Utah

Episode Two of the Ground Shots Podcast. Interview with Emily Stock, founder of Sundial Medicinals, an apothecary in Moab, Utah. We talk about: growing up in Moab, Utah with a tarot reader and herbalist grandmother Emily's study of astronomy and astrology and how it influences her medicine making practice how staying put in one place can give us insights about climate change how Emily slowly grew her apothecary and practice in her hometown issues of public land management and use...


Ep. 1: Samuel Bautista Lazo on weaving in Oaxaca, colonialism and the importance of making things from the land

Our first episode of the Ground Shots Podcast! Interview with Samuel Bautista Lazo, a Zapotec Weaver from the Oaxaca region of Mexico. the power of weaving the good/bad effects of tourism and globalization on Samuel's village and community the concept of being responsible for land as a village vs. private land ownership a little bit on the history of colonialism in Oaxaca how weaving has helped preserve the land in Samuel's region of Oaxaca how cochineal as a natural dye affected...