“Indigi-Genius” is a web series celebrating the innovative and creative spirit of Indigenous cultures worldwide. Each episode tells a unique story highlighting the clever strategies and practices Indigenous communities have used and mastered for centuries. It could be farming techniques, bead making, pottery, seed saving, creation stories, or even technology (past and present).
For example, do you know why a horno oven bakes bread, steams corn, and cooks meat so well? Because of the unique shape, the materials the horno is made out of, and the technique used to trap heat inside the oven.
What about the 3 sisters: corn, beans, and squash? The 3 sisters have a legend behind them that they were a gift from the gods always to be grown together, eaten together, and celebrated together. As it turns out, though, they also have benefits for each other from a farming and nutritional standpoint.
Release: January 25, 2022
Distributor: New Mexico PBS