Wild rice project sows seeds for university, tribal collaboration

 

Last updated 8/20/2019 at 3:41pm

Sarah Dance

A manoomin bed on the Lac du Flambeau Reservation in northern Wisconsin.

PHOENIX, Ariz.-The Ojibwe people tell of a prophecy that spurred their journey from the Atlantic coast of North America to the Great Lakes region more than 1,000 years ago-revelations that told them to travel west to a land where food grew on the water.

That food? Wild rice, or "manoomin," to the Native American nations, which, like the Ojibwe, comprise the broader group of Anishinaabe tribes in the Upper Midwest and Canada.

But manoomin is much more than just a crop to these tribes and others. It represents their connection to nature and holds profound spiritual significance as a gift from...



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