Crit Callebs – Cooking on Fire

“Cooking on Fire” will teach participants how to cook a variety of meats, vegetables, and simple breads on an open flame fire. Everyone will be guided in the art of fire making with methods such as hand drill, bow drill or flint and steel. You will learn how to build a proper cooking fire and select appropriate woods for specific cooking needs. We will then progress into cooking different types of foods on an open flame and coals. We may also use clay pots, cast iron skillets, dutch ovens, and comals to enhance our range of cooking skills. Throughout the workshop, Crit will share traditional stories and teachings about how to respect the fire, use it for spiritual maintenance, and be an intentional fire-tender. By the end of the course, you will be able to start a traditional fire, maintain it respectfully, and cook a wide variety of food. The goal is to reconnect everyone with the ancestral art of cooking on fire and honoring our food.

Crit Callebs is of Eastern Band Cherokee and Appalachian descent and lives on the Yakama Nation Indian Reservation. He is a traditional storyteller, craftsman, mentor and survival instructor. Crit has been a featured storyteller at Harvard University, University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, CWU Museum of Culture and Environment, Native Wellness Institute and the Native American Training Institute. Crit is a mentor and therapeutic group facilitator for the Newport Academy, the nation’s leader in providing teen treatment for adolescents suffering from mental health, behavioral health and substance abuse issues. Crit is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Peacekeeper Society, a Native nonprofit that empowers youth and adults by using cultural traditions, stories, and wilderness survival skills. Finally, Crit is a professional survival trainer and former instructor for the world renowned Boulder Outdoor Survival School.