Photos by D.Kakkak
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.
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 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
Zach Paige from the White Earth Land Recovery Project will be leading a seed keeping training at Ho Chunk on July 14-15, 2016. This training is part of a larger effort to expand seed keeping knowledge while strengthening the Upper Midwest Indigenous Seed Keeper Network.
Additional trainings will take place at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, ND this September and Menominee in October. And, don’t forget the Fall 2016 Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit at Red Lake where Rowen White and Zach will be leading another seed keeping training.
There are still spots left in the Seed Keepers School from May 11-16 at Shakopee, but they are filling fast, so please register soon if you are planning to attend. Lodging is available free in tipis and at a reduced rate in the Mystic Lake Hotel. This training event is a tremendous opportunity to learning and network-building opportunity.