Kaylena Bray
Kaylena Bray

Kaylena Bray

Title: Contributing Writer

Location: New York, New York

Education: B.A. in Social Entrepreneurship, Brown University
M.S. in Environmental Change Management, University of Oxford

Expertise: Traditional foodways and farming, biocultural protocols, Indigenous environmental health, environmental science, Indigenous science
- Currently pursuing a Dr.P.H. at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Various publications on food sovereignty, including "Emerging Paradigm of Food Sovereignty in Native America" and "Indigenous Resilience and Restoration through Native Foodways"


Kaylena Bray (Haudenosaunee/Seneca) is from the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nation of Indians. She grew up eating traditional white corn, which ended up fueling a career focused on strengthening Indigenous knowledge of traditional agriculture, Native foodways and environmental health. Her work throughout the Americas has served to educate and strengthen vital links between Indigenous food systems, local economies and climate change adaptation.

Kaylena's research and work is focused on raising public awareness about the vital links between food systems, Indigenous environmental knowledge and health. She has traveled the world for over a decade working in policy related to foodways and environmental challenges facing Indigenous communities. Kaylena is also the co-founder of Alianza Milpa, an Indigenous-led fund that supports networks and movements to maintain seed diversity across Turtle Island, Mexico and South America.
Kaylena Bray shared this recipe, which was passed down to her by her parents, David and Wendy Bray. They're both Seneca White Corn educators in New York State who share their knowledge at hands-on workshops hosted by universities, Native community centers and farms across the country. These no-bake energy balls get lots of staying power from a mix of oats and corn flour, peanut butter, coconut, dried fruit and mixed nuts. They're easily customizable by changing up the dried fruit and nuts. This recipe is part of our spotlight, There's a Movement to Revitalize Indigenous Cuisines and Knowledge—Here's Why That Matters.