My Favorite Traditional Practice - Manoomin Harvesting

I asked my readers to ask me a question. I am answering Flying Eagle Woman's question today.

Her question: What is YOUR favorite traditional practice in your homeland?

My Answer

Although I have yet to participate in manoomin (wild rice) harvesting this is something I am excited to do when the time comes. The spiritual aspect goes generations back. It has played a central role in the tribal life of the Anishinaabe people. Manoomin has been a main food source so it is exciting to see so many of our people reclaiming this traditional practice. There are efforts being taken place to keep manoomin from being genetically modified. This traditional practice is a very important part of my culture. I am glad to see it flourish again!

Here is a video on restoring manoomin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

"The Manoomin Project is restoring wild rice to northern Michigan thru the hands of at-risk teenagers with help from American Indian guides. Over 100 teens have planted more than one ton of wild rice seeds during the past four summers thanks to guides from several Native American communities and other volunteers including from Marquette County Juvenile Court. The wild rice project was founded by the Cedar Tree Institute in Marquette, Michigan and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community to help the teenagers learn respect for themselves, nature and American Indian heritage. The teens can also learn about faith and are taught social issues like racism against Native American. Normally held in September, the fourth annual planting was delayed until November 2007 due to lo water levels in Wisconsin where the seeds are purchased. Manoomin Project volunteer media advisor Greg Peterson has the story."


Cedar Tree Institute - a healing spirit restoring a land and its people

Save Wild Rice -
Keep it wild! Protect Wild Rice From Genetic Engineering

Check out the YOOPERNEWSMANS channel for more videos on whats taking place in the Upper Peninsula.

Purchase some manoomin from the White Earth Land Recovery Project.

Recipes can be found on