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MANOOMIN Manoomin mino-bimaadiziwin Ricing a good way of living An opening prayer with asemaa tobacco a short lecture about canoe safety and the ricers were off. Fond du Lacs 13 Moons program in partnership with 1854 Treaty Authority geared up Saturday September 12th for a manoomin camp on Kettle Lake near Cloquet Minnesota. Wardens and professionals from various natural resource fields guided the event and answered questions throughout the day. Community members both tribal and non tribal were afforded the opportunity to harvest manoomin and even take part in the processing. Fond du Lac FdL community elders and experienced ricers demonstrated how to properly care for manoomin. Respected community member Sam Greensky recalls some of his personal experiences. Ive been ric- ing for over 50 years. I show and teach people these ways because not too many people do this anymore. StudentsfromFdLsNASAprogramalsoshowedupandassistedwithprocess- ingandpolingricersthroughthericebeds.Thereweremanyfirststhroughoutthe day. Some had their first canoe ride while others experienced the labor-intensive process for the first time. Across the state lines and near north centralWisconsin Bad River tribal youth also took to the waters. Grade school and middle school students spent a Saturday afternoon this season harvesting manoomin from Spring Creek Flowage near Phillips Wisconsin. All youth on the trip participated in a pipe ceremony prior to launching the canoes. Bad River community elder Joe Rose and former Bad River Chairman Mike Wiggins stressed safety and the importance of staying connected to our mother earth and the resources she harbors. Community youth worker and event coordinator Joseph Cadotte remarked It was a wonderful day. My hope is to have more planned for the kids for years to come. For those not familiar with making wild rice its a beautiful process. Har- vesting manoomin is tremendous work. However the work doesnt simply start with knocking rice into the canoe it starts with acquiring and making equipment. Push poles are made in a special manner so as not to harm the underwater root systems.Knockersarefashionedfrompineorcedarandareheavyenoughtoknock rice but light enough to preserve the plant. Traditionally a wiigwaasi-jiimaan or birch bark canoe was utilized however today many rely upon aluminum and fiberglass canoes. Onceahealthyricebedhasbeenchosenmanoominisknockedintothecanoe a few grains at a time. Once the ricers are finished for the day they will bag up the manoomin and bring it home. A few good days of sun will dry the manoomin and it will be ready for processing. In this day and age the younger generation is increasingly busy with sports and extracurricular activities. However at the core of our existence asAnishinaabe is the plant and wildlife beings that have helped the people subsist for thousands of years. In this modern generation many are losing the connection with the food and water being consumed. People are no longer forced to work hard for food while children are growing up not knowing where their food comes from. Yet there is hope as more and more youth take to the lakes rivers and into the woods. More communities are choosing to host ricing and other harvesting camps to teach youth and community members. This movement we are seeing across Indian Country isnt just about doing the work its about preserving a way of life that has survived for many generations. Its about keeping the future generation healthy. Mino-bimadiziwin is a word that describes that good way of living and the plants like manoomin are the ones that help to make this possible. By Dylan Jennings Staff Writer PAGE 5 MAZINAIGANWINTER 2015-16 FondduLactribalelderandexperiencedharvesterSamGreenskydemonstrates how to properly winnow manoomin. Greensky has been ricing for over 50 years of his life and loves to share his experiences with others. DJ Participants in the 2015Ashi-niswi Giizisoog 13 Moons manoomin camp near Cloquet MN learn how to pole and knock rice. For many of the participants it was their first time in the rice beds. Ben Bearskin a Bad River tribal youth is ecstatic to be on the water harvesting manoomin. Below Bad River youth gathered on a Saturday in September at Spring Creek near Phillips Wis. for an afternoon of harvesting and fun. DJ