Taylor Keen

Taylor Keen is a full-time instructor in the Heider College of Business Administration in Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Keen is also the Founder of Sacred Seed, a not-for-profit entity whose mission is to propagate tribal seed sovereignty, battle for tribal sacred geography, and seek cultural revitalization among tribal peoples. Currently, Keen is embarking on a journey with indigenous seeds of the upper Missouri River tribes to grow, harvest, and celebrate the cosmology of the 4 Sisters (corn, bean, squash, and sunflower). Additionally, from his book-in-progress, he incorporates teachings of the sacred masculine/feminine of tribal peoples including the cosmology of Mother Corn and the Earth Mother goddess. Keen holds a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College as well as a Master's of Business Administration and Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University, where he served as a Fellow in the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. Taylor is the author of the book-in-progress entitled "Rediscovering America: Sacred Geography, the Ancient Earthen Works and an Indigenous History of Turtle Island”. Keen is Trustee Emeritus of the Nebraska State Historical Society, Board member Emeritus of the Humanities Nebraska, and Chairman Emeritus of the Blackbird Bend Corporation (The Omaha Nation of Nebraska and Iowa’s Economic Development Corporation). Listen to Taylor’s interview on the Meateater podcast with Steven Rinella below. 

3 words to describe Nature?

Love. Mother. Earth

3 things Nature taught you?

Plant Nation comes first in priority. 

Animal Nation comes second, for they depend on the Plant Nation. 

Third in priority are the Human Beings, for if we put ourselves above the other two Nations, we will but destroy ourselves.

3 most treasured Nature spots?

Flathead Lake

The foothills of the Ozark Mountains 

Anywhere where granite meets the ocean

When you look at the OCEAN, it makes you feel...? 

That our planet is a water planet. People forget that.

When you see a FOREST, it makes you feel...?

Loss, as there are not enough of them left.

When you see a VOLCANO, it makes you feel...?

That our planet is alive and that core is molten, and that there is an Underworld / Lowerworld.

When you see a SUNRISE or SUNSET, it makes you feel...?

Rebirth and Death.

When you hear THUNDER, it makes you feel...?

Those are the sounds of the Upper Realm Thunderers, and their messengers, the Thunderbirds. 

When you hear the WIND HOWLING, it makes you feel...?

Spirits of those gone on are carried by the wind.

Are you an OCEAN, MOUNTAIN, FOREST, or DESERT person?

All of the above

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being?


Share with us a childhood nature memory?

Realizing that all of nature is alive and knowing everything grows and dies, and feeds more life.