Monday, July 17, 2023 – Indigenous barbecue traditions

Sophisticated barbecue methods predate contact with Europeans. The Indigenous Taino people first introduced pit barbecue to colonial travelers as they wandered through the Caribbean Islands. The barbecue traditions for Native Hawaiians also have a long tradition and a unique, tropical flavor. Native people in between those two locations all developed their own barbecue cooking and seasoning that grew from the ingredients they have on hand. We’ll explore the various styles of barbecue and where they came from.


Robert Rosa (Taino), Florida representative of the United Confederation of Taino People and president of the American Indian Movement Florida Chapter

James Anderson (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe), owner of Old Southern BBQ and motivational speaker

Luke Black Elk (Lakota from Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe), farm director at Hohwoju

Dave Smoke-McCluskey (Mohawk), chef and owner of The Corn Mafia

Chris Szewczykowner of Taino Smokehouse