Lana is an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation based in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, where much of her family still resides. Lana grows increasingly connected to her Muscogee people, which has informed aspects of her work for over a decade. Both Darrick & Lana Rasmussen (collectively Killscrow) believe that land stewardship, food responsibility and cultural preservation are paramount to all successful communities. With the intention of supporting the health, food heritage, rich culture and community of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation a portion of each sale will be donated to the Mvskoke Food Sovereignty Initiative. We advocate for MFSI’s vision and are thrilled to have a relationship with this organization. More on MFSI’s mission:
Mvskoke Food Sovereignty Initiative (MFSI) is a grassroots, Native American led organization located in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, capitol of the Muscogee (Creek)Nation. The Mvskoke people were indigenous to what is now the Southeast United States and are an American Indian federally recognized tribe. Mvskoke food heritage and traditions goes back in time long before the Trail of Tears forced them to Oklahoma. For centuries the Mvskoke maintained a successful agriculture based culture that sustained large populations living in towns along the rivers and creeks (so European settlers called them “Creek Indians”). These were the “mound builders” who developed a sophisticated civilization, taking care of the food, spiritual and political needs of their people.
Today these cultures still exist as the Muscogee, Seminole, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Cherokee and Yuchi tribes. The respective languages are still used by many and the ceremonial dances, songs and practices are still carried on. Growing, preserving and using traditional foods plays an important role in cultural activities. MFSI seeks to preserve the food heritage and traditions of these Indigenous peoples through hands-on classes, educational programs, intergenerational sharing and sustainable agriculture practices.