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CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community.

This month’s theme: Pioneers

Pioneers shatter expectations, widen boundaries, and reveal new possibilities in life.

Whether the work was inspired from being on a ship or inside of a studio, pioneers act on their internal, immutable desires to create work that matters.

This Month’s Speaker: Freddie Bitsoie

Freddie Bitsoie (Diné [Navajo]) has 10 years of experience fusing his classical culinary training with knowledge of Native American foods and ingredients. Among other honors and accolades, Bitsoie was the winner of the NMAI’s Living Earth Festival Native Chef Cooking Competition in 2013, and was named “a rising star in the constellation of young chefs” by Native Peoples magazine in 2011. He was featured on an episode of PBS’s Lidia Celebrates America and is working on his own show, Rezervations Not Required, which will highlight indigenous cuisines of the world.

For Bitsoie, foods are carriers of ancestral knowledge that show the bounty of tribal homelands and reflect the history of Native Americans, from the mixing of ingredients that happened as part of voluntary trade to the restrictions faced because of forced migration and other policies. The question he always asks himself to stay honest in his cooking is “how can my grandmother relate to this dish?” At the Mitsitam, some of his answers have included Northern Atlantic clam soup with sunchokes and leeks, the ancestral version of New England’s beloved clam chowder; roasted beets with seaweed, inspired by the Pacific Northwest; and Mesoamerican bean soup with green chilies.

Date & Time

Friday, October 27

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM


National Museum of the American Indian

4th St SW & Independence Ave SW Washington, DC 20016