Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit

The Intertribal Agriculture Council and the Gun Lake Pottawatomi Tribe are hosting the Spring 2017 Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit from April 19-23 at Gun Lake’s Jijak facility.  Please visit the event website if you want to share feedback on what you’d like to see as part of the event or if you want to get involved.

Chef applications are currently being accepted, with those received by November 30th receiving priority.

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Native Market & Gallery

The Native Market and Gallery is located at 1732 Fordem Ave in Madison, WI.  We are open Wednesdays 4pm-7pm. We will have more business hours coming 2017! You can also order online or get products …

Source: Native Market & Gallery

Foraging for Food, Fuel and Medicines at Great Lakes Fall Food Summit

#1. Foraging for Food, Fuel and Medicines: Hyssop

The Red Lake Ojibwe Nation and Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) take you on a short walk along part of the Red Lake Ojibwe Nation’s, Red Lake and the woods that surround it foraging for food, fuel and medicines as part of the Great Lakes Intertribal Fall Food Summit held at Red Lake, Minnesota during September of 2016.

 

#2. Foraging for Food, Fuel and Medicines: American Basswood

Here is Kevin Finny, Director of the Jijak Foundation for the Gun Lake Pottawatomi in Michigan speaking about the use of American Basswood, one of several species of trees identified during the fall 2016 Intertribal Food Summit held on the Red Lake Ojibwe Nation during September.

#3. Foraging for Food, Fuel and Medicines: Milkweed

With Kevin Finney, executive director of the Gun Lake Pottawatomi’s Jijak Foundation and Tashia Hart of the Sioux Chef Team in the woods and fields of Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation foraging for food, fuel and medicines as part of the Great Lakes Intertribal Fall Food Summit sponsored by the Intertribal Agriculture Council during September of 2016.

 

#4. Sapping Black Walnut and other trees

Forest Specialist Kevin Finney discusses a few things they learned while sapping Black Walnut trees — one of them, the emergence of a by-product called pectin.

As part of the Food Sovereignty movement in Indian Country the Intertribal Agricultural Council and the Red Lake Ojibwe held a Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit in Red Lake during September of 2016 featuring foraging for food, workshops on soil, traditional economies, and related subjects while featuring several Indigenous chefs and Native cuisine for two days.

Foraging and Harvesting from the Forest

One of the featured workshops of the Intertribal Food Summits that have been held in the Great Lakes region is the Foraging for Food workshops. At the up and coming Red Lake Intertribal Food Summit during September 16 & 17th it is called “Harvesting from the Forest” and will be led by Tashia Hart of Red Lake, who works with the Sioux Chef, Sean Sherman. Several other participants will be assisting in identifying and harvesting for the feasts, plants and medicines that are commonly used by Indigenous people for health and nutrition.

The Jijak Foundation, Red Lake Ojibwe, Oneida Nation and the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) have focused their Great Lakes regional conferences on food sovereignty, Native harvesting, and Indigenous culinary development.

IAC & Jijak bring you “Sapping”

Part #1

Collecting and Evaporating Maple sap at Jijak Food Summit 2016

Paul DeMain and the Intertribal Agriculture Council take you on a short walk along part of Camp Jijak’s Maple sapping lines and then over to the Jijak Foundation’s Sugar Shack built at the camp for use by members of the Gun Lake Pottawatomi Tribe. Kevin Finney, the Executive Director of the Jijak Foundation explains some of the things to consider when using an evaporator for making syrup during the spring 2016 Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit near Hopkins, Michigan.

Part #2:

Jijak Food Summit: Maple & Sapping 2016

Kevin Finney the Director of the Gun Lake Pottawatomi’s Jijak Foundation and camp describes to visitors the beginning of a renewal in local tribal interest in tapping for Maple and other species for sugar, syrup, food and medicinal products. The Jijak Foundation and the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) have focused several Great Lakes regional conferences on food sovereignty, Native harvesting, and Indigenous culinary development.

Taste of Madison Volunteers

Hello All!  The time has come again to put a call out for volunteers for this years Taste of Madison in Madison, WI.  This is our second year doing this event, which takes place September 3rd and 4th.  We are really excited to be offering delicious traditional Native foods prepared by some of Madison’s favorite local restaurants.  And new this year, we are partnering with accomplished Native chefs, Sean Sherman (The Sioux Chef), Brian Yazzie, and Kristina Stanley who will be preparing the food for the event!

We are looking for volunteers to commit to a 4 to 6 hour shift during the weekend. We will provide you with three meal tickets per shift good at our booth! Our menu features our old favorites from last year, Blue Corn coated Red Lake Walleye over Wild Rice; Wild Rice Brats; and our Native Salad.  New dishes we are serving up this year include Braised Buffalo Tacos, Pumpkin Hominy Soup, and Wild Rice and Chia Seed Pudding.  All traditional foods are gluten and dairy free. 

Consider coming out to work a shift with us as we share some amazing traditional Native foods with Madison!

Contact us if you are interested in working a shift and we will get in touch!

Miigwetch!

Upcoming Events, TSA, and Store Hours

The Native Market and Gallery, a fixed store location at 1732 Fordem Avenue in Madison, WI, is open from 4:00-7:00pm every Wednesday, as well as when staff are present.  We’re working on expanding regular hours in the near future.  In addition to the Indigenous foods inventory, the store carries an expanding assortment of Native jewelry and art, and is also home to the Intertribal Agriculture Council’s regional office that provides technical assistance to American Indian agricultural producers.

Check the schedule page for upcoming market and special events.  We’ve got a food booth again at this year’s Taste of Madison (still looking for additional volunteers) on Labor Day weekend, and will be at farmers markets throughout the summer.  The van won’t be on the road as much as previous years due to staffing constraints, but check back for more info on a possible tour later this summer.

We are also excited to announce our new regional TSA (Tribally Supported Agriculture) shares ($25 and $50/month options) and TSA ordering website where you can now place orders online.  We are recruiting pick-up sites across the region where we’ll ship combined orders on a monthly basis to reduce shipping costs.  TSA customers will have access to unique, limited-quantity items like Jijak’s Maple Vinegar.

We are hiring!

The Intertribal Agriculture Council is hiring a part-time Sales and Marketing Associate for our Madison regional office.  Please see the position description posted below and submit your application by Friday, May 27th for priority consideration.

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Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin – Wild Rice

By Paul DeMain
Intertribal Agriculture Council

The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) through its Great Lakes office in Wisconsin is proud to participate in a cooperative effort with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection called “Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin – Wisconsin Wild Rice to Madison” during the 2015 and 2016 ricing seasons. The effort, which calls for the purchase, processing and marketing of wild rice into Madison, Wisconsin in a test approach, has allowed some analysis of both supply and demand, and marketing needs for this traditional culinary treat revered by Indigenous people through-out the Great Lakes. Read the rest of this entry

Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit – Picture and Event Summary

The 2016 Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit held at Gun Lake Pottawatomi’s Jijak Camp from April 21-24 was a tremendous success due to an amazing turnout of individuals and groups willing to share their unique skills and knowledge.

Search #foodsummit and #jijak at Facebook and Twitter for event pictures and posts and go to the link provided here for a beautiful layout of photos and narratives from the event:

Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit – Event Summary