Indigenous Desserts of Turtle Island With Mariah Gladstone - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Indigenous Desserts of Turtle Island With Mariah Gladstone

4 sessions
$80 per person
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$80 per person
$80 per person
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What We’ll Do

This course has already started! However, you can still join if you’d like to (and we hope you will!). Students enrolling after the course start date and time will have access to a recording of the first session (which will be emailed to participants within 72 hours) as well as the option to attend remaining sessions live. Please select the “Join Late” ticket type to enroll after the course has begun.

In this 4-part lecture series, explore Indigenous foods and desserts from across Turtle Island. 

Course Description

In this course, join Mariah Gladstone of Indigikitchen to learn about the OG sweet treats of North America. From chocolate, maple, and agave to blueberries, raspberries, and pumpkin seeds, there are all kinds of ingredients found across the continent that can be used to make delicious desserts. We’ll cover a variety of techniques that you can use to transform these Indigenous foods into decadent treats for the whole family with recipes that recognize their Indigenous origins and stories, as well as their place in the modern kitchen. While this class will cover recipe preparation, it will also delve into the stories of our foods and their Indigenous histories. 

Syllabus at a Glance

This course includes three total sessions, each lasting for 1.5 hours on four consecutive Tuesday beginning March 14.

Session 1 (Tuesday, 3/14, 7:30–9 PM ET) | Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Raspberry Brownies

We’ll use seeds as flour, as well as maple syrup and berry sauce. We’ll also cover sunflower maple cookies.

Session 2 (Tuesday, 3/21, 7:30–9 PM ET)| Peanut Butter Cookies

We’ll make peanut butter (or for those seeking a substitute, sunflower butter) cookies, as well as maple sugar.

-week off-

Session 3 (Tuesday, 4/4, 7:30–9 PM ET)| White Bean Cake

This session’s dessert involves a black walnut crumble (or candied sunflower seeds), blending cooked white beans into cake, with berries of your choice.

Session 4 (Tuesday, 4/11, 7:30–9 PM ET)| Pecan Pie Cookies

We’ll cover baking with tallow (or coconut oil), pecans, maple syrup, and maple sugar.

Between Sessions

For those who’d like to cook along with Mariah during class, ingredient lists and recipes will be sent out prior to each session. (Please note that following along in real time is optional!)

Pricing Options

This course is available at three ticket prices. This tiered pricing model is designed to increase access for a wider range of students as well as to support our instructors. In addition to tiered tickets, we offer a limited number of no-pay spots for students who would not otherwise be able to take this course. No-pay spots are selected via a randomized drawing two weeks before each section begins. For more information and to apply for a no-pay spot, please click here. To learn more about our pricing model and randomized selection process for no-pay spots, please visit our FAQ page.

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Where We’ll Be

Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite that will provide access to each class meeting. Please save the confirmation email as you’ll use it to access all sessions of your course via Zoom.

About Your Instructor
Mariah Gladstone
Mariah Gladstone

Mariah Gladstone (Blackfeet, Cherokee) grew up in Northwest Montana. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Environmental Engineering and returned home where she developed Indigikitchen, an online resource for revitalizing Indigenous food systems. Mariah has been recognized as a Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellow, a "Culture of Health Leader" through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and an MIT Solve Indigenous Communities Fellow. She serves on the board of the FAST (Food Access and Sustainability Team) Blackfeet. Mariah completed her Master's Degree at SUNY - ESF through the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

What Else You Should Know

This lecture series is designed so students can participate live or watch a recording of each session, after it airs, at a time that is convenient for them. Sessions will take place live over Zoom, with dedicated Q&A segments for students to ask questions via video or chat. Within 72 hours after each session meets, students will receive access to a recording of the live session, which they can watch for up to two weeks after the course concludes.

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