Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12MAZINA’IGAN PAGE 4 SPRING 2017 • TRADITIONAL FOODS • makak—birch bark basket Manoomin project wrapping up, seeds planted for business growth By Owen Holly Maroney, GLIFWC Community Dietitian Mino Wiisinidaa! (Let’s Eat Good!)— Traditional Foods for Healthy Living Aaniin! The second edi- tion of our very popular Mino Wiisinidaa! (Let’s Eat Good!)—Traditional foods for Healthy Living cookbook is available now! This latest edition includes new photos, additional harvesting infor- mation, updated recipes, and more. Originally funded by the Administration for Native Americans, Mino Wiisinidaa! usesoriginalrecipesfromtribal elders, featuring many tradi- tionalAnishinaabefoodsfrom fiddlehead ferns to venison. The cookbook also includes alternatives to help maintain a healthy diet. A decrease in printing costs means savings for you (see prices and order form to the right)! Orders can also be placed online at www.glifwc. org/publications or over the phone at (715) 685-2108, while supplies last. Quantity Total each 1 book $14.00 2-4 books $10.50 5 or more $7.70 As the “Manoomin—The Good Berry” project nears completion on March 31, program staff are busy working with both wild rice harvesters and processors to develop community relationships— locallyandintertribally—througheducationalyouth demonstrationsandcommunityevents.Relationships like these can help strengthen tribal food systems by increasingcommunitymembers’accesstotraditional foods while highlighting Anishinaabe lifeways and supporting sustainable tribal enterprises. Last spring, GLIFWC was awarded a one-year grantfromtheFirstNationsDevelopmentInstituteto fund the project. Now, here we are in the final weeks of the project, finishing with a flourish of manoomin demonstrations and distributing entrepreneurial bundles to each community. Throughout the winter and into March, com- munity participants worked with project staff to help educate the next generation of harvesters by providing interactive demonstrations. At one event last November, the Sokaogon T.R.A.I.L.S. pro- gram hosted tribal Rice Chiefs and harvesters Pete McGeshick, Jr. and James Polar, Sr. for an after school manoomin demonstration. McGeshick and Polar shared the importance of manoomin to the Anishinaabe people, showed pictures of manoomin at different stages of growth, and demonstrated the process of ricing—from lake to table. Youth took the opportunity to practice wild rice knocking and ‘dancing’ techniques. At each demonstration youth handled ricing knockers,interactedwithlocalandregionalharvest- ers, and created their own healthy wild rice snack. Each participating program receives a gift of 30 pounds of manoomin and a copy of the “Mino Wiisinidaa!(Let’sEatGood!)”cookbook(seebelow) for future programming. Manoomin demonstra- tions take place at tribal youth programs, such as T.R.A.I.L.S.,HeadStart,andtheBoys&GirlsClub, within each member tribe. Making connections Helping our food entrepreneurs build relation- ships with individual community members is an integral part of the project. At community events like health fairs, project participantsusetheopportunitytoincreaseexposure oftheirtraditionalfoodbusinessbyshowcasingtheir products,engagingwithfellowcommunitymembers, networking, and even selling their products. Manoomineventshavealreadyhelpedincrease awareness of participants’food businesses by 40%, according to community surveys. Seventy-two per- cent of respondents indicate that they are “likely” or “very likely” to purchase wild rice from project participants in the future! Numbers like these have already translated into tangible outcomes. Project participantsmadesalesatfourofthefivecommunity events they attended. Over the course of the project, participants workedwithGLIFWCstafftodevelopentrepreneur- ial tools such as business cards, product lists, and wildricelabels.Thankstotheirinput,theManoomin project is happy to announce the distribution of five Order Form Quantity Publication Price (see above) Total Mino Wiisinidaa! Let’s Eat Good! Order Total Shipping $ 5.00 — $ 29.99 $ 3.25 $ 30.00 — $ 59.99 $ 5.25 $ 60.00 — $ 99.99 $ 7.25 $100.00 — $129.99 $ 9.25 $130.00 — $159.99 $11.25 $160.00 — $199.99 $13.25 subtotal shipping total amount due Shipping chart for US orders Shipping charges are applied to all orders requiring payment. Checks should be made payable to GLIFWC and mailed to PO Box 9, Odanah, WI 54861. Please contact GLIFWC for orders being sent outside the US, or if your total is more than $199.99. Miigwech! www.glifwc.org entrepreneurial bundles to each GLIFWC member tribe! Each bundle includes heat sealing bags, manoomin labels with updated nutrition facts, customizable business cards, digital food scales, and customizable product lists to distribute to businesses and programs. Kits are available to tribal members on a first come, first serve basis, while supplies last. For details about remaining Manoomin project events or for more infor- mation about entrepreneurial bundles please check GLIFWC’s Facebook page or call Owen Maroney at (715) 682-6619 x2147. More information about the First Nations award can be found in the Mazina’igan Ziigwan 2016 edition on page 20. Essential Ojibwemowin