Seed Keepers and Rowen White

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One of the world’s wonderful speakers about the nature of, treatment, care and planting of seeds is Akwesasne Mohawk seed keeper Rowen White. Through several workshops in the Great Lakes and at the Gun Lake Pottawatomi tribes’ Camp Jijak in 2016 and 2017 White has led discussions on the cultural treatment, history and love of seeds that Indigenous people have.

White also brought some of her wonderful and extensive seed collections to assist in teaching people about the role of labeling, organizing, acclimating and caring for seeds for storage and planting. At just about any event that Rowen attends, there will be an abundance of seeds to look at, and in many cases share or exchange.

According to Rowen White “once you step on the seed keepers path, you will have more seeds then you know what to do with, because seeds, they are always multiplying exponentially.”

Many of the conferences, sponsored in part by the Inter-Tribal Agricultural Council (IAC) are meant to help bring and grow opportunities for American Indian farmers, growers, forage and gatherers and enhance the ability of Indigenous communities to become food self-sufficient once again.

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Final Program for Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit

The Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit at Gun Lake Pottawatomi starts with hands-on traditional technology workshops on Wednesday morning, April 19th and runs through Sunday, April 23rd, featuring numerous workshops on topics ranging from seed keeping to conservation planning to cooking in clay pots on wood fires.

Click the link below to download the final event program, and check out the main event webpage for registration and additional event information.

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Sapping, syrup and sugar – Jijak 2017

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Maple sugar used to be packaged in 65lb mukuks, or birchbark baskets by the Ojibwe Anishinabeg of the Great Lakes.  65lbs of maple = about 8.1 gallons of syrup. You can learn a lot more about historic and contemporary sapping, making maple syrup or sugar and the kinds of trees you can tap at this years Great Lakes Food Summit coming up April 19-23rd, 2017 in Hopkins, Michigan.

Early Registration for Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit Ends March 20th

Register now for the Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit that will be held April 19-23 at Gun Lake Pottawatomi.  This year’s event features even more hands-on activities, including workshops on making traditional tools on Wednesday morning, April 19th.

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Here’s the draft agenda:

Live Broadcast – Food Sovereignty Symposium & Festival

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The Food Sovereignty Symposium and Festival is just about ready, and meal tickets are going fast for the March 10-12 event on the University of Wisconsin campus and surrounding sites in Madison, Wisconsin. The symposium component of the event is focusing on Indigenous and broader topics of food sovereignty that impact how communities and individuals control and manage their food systems, and the festival component is a celebration of Indigenous, local, and regional foods hosted by several very famous and mouth watering Indigenous chefs — preparing our daily meals.

CLICK MORE LINK FOR SCHEDULE and Meal Tickets: https://food-sovereignty.com/

LIVE BROADCASTING BY IndianCountryTV.com :

LIVE Friday March 10th:
1-4:30pm

#1 Rowen White – Seed Sovereignty, Janie Hipp with the Tribal Food Code Project:

#2. Dan Cornelius, Jessie Conaway, Reynaldo Morales and Martin Reinhardt on Climate Change, Treaty Rights and Natural Resources:

#3. Elizabeth Hoover, Brian Yazzie and Richard Monette reflecting on Standing Rock.

LIVE: Saturday March 11th:

#1. 9:15-10am – Rowen White on Seeds, Sovereignty and Building for the Future.

#2. 10:00-12am – Taste of Tribes Brunch – and All Star Native chef team.

#3. 12:00am – Keynote with Elizabeth Hoover on Food Sovereignty Today.

WATCH IT HERE AT IndianCountryTV

Don’t forget to join us at the 2017 Great Lakes Intertribal food Summit at Camp Jijak April 20-23, 2017.

Food Sovereignty Symposium & Festival

The Food Sovereignty Symposium & Festival is being held in Madison, WI on March 10-12 with additional events throughout that week.  The event is a collaboration among the Intertribal Agriculture Council, Family Farm Defenders, the Wisconsin Union and it’s new WUD Cuisine Committee, and an assortment of UW-Madison departments and centers, including the Center for Integrated System (CIAS), the Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center,  and the Nelson Institute.

Several of the amazing meals do require tickets, but the symposium sessions are free of charge.