A Scout’s Honor

By Wafaama Somda We human beings are so busy feeding our bodies to make them look healthy that we do forget that the brain or our mind is to be fed. I was born in Ivory Coast, some years before the political crisis of 2000, to a family that had immigrated from Burkina Faso. San-Pedro…

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Mordant

Mordant is a word that describes a chemical compound that binds dye to the fibers of a textile. It is also a verb that means to color fabric using this method. Both mordants and dyes can be found occurring in nature, including in familiar foods like blackberries, turmeric, spinach, saffron, and pomegranate. In the experiential…

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Spotlight: 1149 Cooperative

Interview by Marina Murayama Nir One evening last summer when Ailbhe and I met up to play music together, in the predictable fashion of our hangouts and friendship, I made a vulnerable confession that I had been struggling to understand the balance generosity and reciprocity in some of my communities.  They nodded in recognition, and…

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Winter 2019: Nourishment Playlist

One of the reasons our species has adored music throughout our history is that, by uniting narrative and rhythm, it has the potential to bring minds and bodies into harmony. It’s one of our best, most nourishing medicines. This playlist was a collaboration between Culturework and the team at 1149 Collective, a project we are…

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Garden

Medium: hand cut black paper  Dimensions:  h: 39 in., w: 19 in. Year made: 2016 By Kako Ueda Eurocentric culture often conceptualizes the body as a machine.  And yet, the body can also be understood as an ecosystem. Like a garden, cultivating a healthy body and mind requires balance, much like the idea of yin…

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An Interview with Jose Oliva of Food Chain Workers Alliance

Interview by Rebecca Bacon Ehlers A grocery store I frequent has a tiny store-within-a-store called the “naturals section.” Entering the naturals section involves passing through a subtle, nearly invisible barrier, where the white and green flecked linoleum turns into the kind that mimics wood, and the fluorescent lights overhead glow with a slightly warmer hue.…

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