Category Archives: Event

Sapping, Syrup and Sugar – Jijak 2017

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Maple sugar used to be packaged in 65lb mukuks, or birchbark baskets by the Ojibwe Anishinabeg of the Great Lakes. 65lbs of maple = about 8.1 gallons of syrup. You can learn a lot more about historic and contemporary sapping, making maple syrup or sugar and the kinds of trees you can tap at this years Great Lakes Food Summit coming up April 19-23rd, 2017 in Hopkins, Michigan.

Live Broadcast – Food Sovereignty Symposium & Festival

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The Food Sovereignty Symposium and Festival is just about ready, and meal tickets are going fast for the March 10-12 event on the University of Wisconsin campus and surrounding sites in Madison, Wisconsin. The symposium component of the event is focusing on Indigenous and broader topics of food sovereignty that impact how communities and individuals control and manage their food systems, and the festival component is a celebration of Indigenous, local, and regional foods hosted by several very famous and mouth watering Indigenous chefs — preparing our daily meals.

CLICK MORE LINK FOR SCHEDULE and Meal Tickets: https://food-sovereignty.com/

LIVE BROADCASTING BY IndianCountryTV.com :

LIVE Friday March 10th:
1-4:30pm

#1 Rowen White – Seed Sovereignty, Janie Hipp with the Tribal Food Code Project:

#2. Dan Cornelius, Jessie Conaway, Reynaldo Morales and Martin Reinhardt on Climate Change, Treaty Rights and Natural Resources:

#3. Elizabeth Hoover, Brian Yazzie and Richard Monette reflecting on Standing Rock.

LIVE: Saturday March 11th:

#1. 9:15-10am – Rowen White on Seeds, Sovereignty and Building for the Future.

#2. 10:00-12am – Taste of Tribes Brunch – and All Star Native chef team.

#3. 12:00am – Keynote with Elizabeth Hoover on Food Sovereignty Today.

WATCH IT HERE AT IndianCountryTV

Don’t forget to join us at the 2017 Great Lakes Intertribal food Summit at Camp Jijak April 20-23, 2017.

Upcoming Events

The Mobile Farmers Market’s upcoming schedule includes:

  • MOSES Organic Farming Conference – Feb. 24-25 • LaCrosse, WI
  • Indigenous Farming Conference – March 3-6 • White Earth, MN
  • Food Sovereignty Symposium & Festival – March 10-12 • Madison, WI
  • Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit – April 19-12 • Gun Lake Pottawatomi, MI

Here’s more information on the Food Sovereignty Symposium & Festival and Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit that are hosted by the Intertribal Agriculture Council.

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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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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.

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

Taste of Madison – Preview

We are looking for volunteers to help with the Taste of Madison, which will be an amazing event and memorable experience on the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend.  Each volunteer will receive three food tickets per each four hour shift for any of our dishes (you can give them to friends as well).  We are requesting a minimum of a four hour shift .

The Mobile Farmers Market will be bringing Native foods to the Taste of Madison for what is almost surely the first time in the major event’s history.  Drawing between 80,000-100,000 people, this event will be an unparalleled opportunity to expand awareness of our amazing foods to a completely new audience whose only association with Native foods is likely frybread and Indian tacos, if anything.

Our three dishes are:

  1. Native Salad: wild rice, white corn, and traditional beans tossed in a wild berry and maple vinaigrette with blueberries and diced apples
  2. Blue Corn Coated Perch over Wild Rice
  3. Wild Rice Brat: brats made by Underground Butcher with Nett Lake wild rice served on buns from Madison Sourdough

Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit

The Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit will be held April 14-16, 2015 at Oneida, WI.  The event will feature hands-on workshops on Tuesday, April 14 and regular conference sessions April 15-16.  The Mobile Farmers Market is working with Native chefs who are coordinating the entire menu to source as much Native-produced food as possible.

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