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.
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.
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.
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
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:
- Native Salad: wild rice, white corn, and traditional beans tossed in a wild berry and maple vinaigrette with blueberries and diced apples
- Blue Corn Coated Perch over Wild Rice
- Wild Rice Brat: brats made by Underground Butcher with Nett Lake wild rice served on buns from Madison Sourdough
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.
Building on success at its semi-annual meeting last February, we headed back out to the Pacific Northwest for the ATNI (Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indian) annual meeting in Pendleton, Oregon at Umatilla’s Wildhorse Resort and Casino. We again brought ingredients for the hotel chefs to make our native salad recipe (with their own spin) that brought together White Earth wild rice, Oneida’s Tsyunhehkwa white corn, Native Natural Anasazi beans tossed in a wild berry vinaigrette made with Yocha Dehe’s Seka Hills olive oil and Red Lake Nation Foods wild plum syrup. The recipe also included dried cranberries and local fresh garbanzo beans.
Luncheon Featuring All Tribally-Produced Foods
ATNI Tribal Foods Luncheon
Food Show and Chef’s Cookoff
Secret Ingredient: Beaver Tail
White Earth Wild Rice Donated by the Mobile Farmers Market
Chef Jack Strong
Our packed schedule unfortunately doesn’t allow enough time to make it everywhere, but we were able to squeeze in a quick trip to western New York State where we are holding two events with the Seneca at Irving on Tuesday, July 15th and Wednesday, July 16th.