“Mnoominkewin” the art of wild ricing.
On September 26th, 2020*, elders and youth, knowledge keepers, artists and witnesses will gather on the shore of Wshkiigimong (Curve Lake) under the Mnoomin Giizis (Wild Rice Harvest Moon) to celebrate the resurgence of a staple food source that has nourished Nishnaabeg for generations- MAN-OH-MIN.
Mnoomin, meaning the good seed or spirit seed, inspires us to gather to harvest. To plant, to sing, to dance and to celebrate mnoomin’s continuing presence in our collective story as Nishnnaabeg.
With collective spirit and celebration, we wish to inspire generative discourse and illuminate all that is good about our local food source. Its presence inspires ecological attention to our waters, our lands, our mud, the crawlers, the swimmers, the four leggeds and the flyers.
Although this year’s gathering, due to the pandemic, is limited, we will be sharing on various social media platforms for all to learn and enjoy. All COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed throughout the in-person event.
Chi miigwetch to Rhonda Taylor, Shirley Williams and Wes Whetung for Nishnaabeg language support.
Mnoominkewin illustration (right) by Chief Lady Bird.
*Rain date is set for September 27th, 2020.
Generously Supported by Public Energy, Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle, Lovesick Lake Women’s Association, Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, New Horizons for Seniors, Indigenous Diabetes Health Centre, Black Duck Wild Rice, O’Kaadenigan Wiingashk, Camp Kawartha and Madd Hatter Designs.