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or a hanging wild rice the nominee was and still is the most important food to be honest not according to oral history they were told go where the food grows on the water for they believe that if they take care of the rice the rice will take care of their race isn't really rice that all the seed of a wild watercress a hearty earthy grain that is more than two weeks away why i rather curiously polls of these magnificent latest harvest from an omen for a memorable first rice and seasoned with barons it for the screen
it's bleak then seven prophecies notices that virus they did not move west where there would be much suffering and they would be just two and they would know their journey was complete growing up on the water is it daunting than any john sheehan at the chippewa elaine on the wider reservation in minnesota need to see myself there's rows upon the water we paddle to a remote spot john would
show me how to harvest you know me well i know i don't want to tie the big not that was not the yellow because i can reach our there were both venues now the neumann sacred to be honest not the year round and only be harvested from late august early september so this is a very special time and i want to be part of it this ancient grain has been found in layers of the year of the dating back nearly twelve thousand years bisbee sees says amir posters it's found primarily in areas unless the north of the great lakes that he asked not be settled after moving westward the technique here is to get just the right price offer i mean you can literally this this time of the year it's what everyone is doing right now here it's wherever they are now
having failed so starting to write and and here's the purple there's just you can see you know it's perfectly now whatever i managed to find not given the oil is just going to have received the bed wild rice bells naturally on almost all the lakes and rivers and within minutes of covering over sixty thousand acres of course i guess than the real music is it's hearing the rice at the bottom of the canadian varieties of good reiser get in today seven or eight hundred dollars in one canoe oh that night you can hear people racing right alongside ian brennan of openness will vote today
the mine so the ancestors are still here i think that's wonderful lawyers roy is is a rat in limbo got a mission and we say to because we know that you have given us days of really wonderful years at present the races it was indeed to us that was no
hoagland a tribal elder has been racing with his wife cathy for over twenty years like his ancestors he processes is harvest the traditional way starting with an old iron cauldron and a canoe paddle the first step is to parse the rice or roasted over a wood fire and this is one race sneak into the little tail on it as microscopic words on the colonel and the tail knowing that standing over the water on the stock and be reconciled also the water that little detail then sent a lot i'm so that he has a naturally of opinions of all those who else we want those to be burned out it's like a kettle has seven and so the bottom part for killing off with the race of the battle of the fervor that level of their family after the civil war
really starting to salivate feinstein it feels there are learning and the race is starting to charge for one thing about finishing the race this way and smaller amounts as we can take the earth that farther than you can mechanically i finished three years of the vanities then it cooks up faster while teresa special to us and that we consider it to be a gift from the creator of sacred gift and we always used them in a ceremony or not things in east as well as the late fifties with it and there's a fairly if the sea everything stopped you know hear the thunder nacho three of the biggest hurdle
of that zero it can foul family the loaves please leave the fourth <unk> in a defiant they've always felt sort of build a volvo gas that has to be very really dry you're right and they feel very often and now raises her inventive colored flow to have a school where the rights into the wild tales and i'm in are not been neglected easier when they go into the next step and that's the drinking it into this race so it popped open and says here's olivia o r below
and then when we break then you can tell whether it's math of the list of the exam look at the camps and it's unclear and watch a movie that we now know it is a sparkling in this and then you know the fear and the moisture out of the word will be preserved move out that is crunchy and maddy and toasty group growth we're in line i'm breaking out of the country and women now i didn't do this because of them and for franco they weren't allowed to launch a fee to be kind of close to the bottom so this is a little bit of a sense of our view
turning away as if he pushing against side from the bottom ok is soaked clothes than my way to nevada unlike the old and the new push to put up the race goes out with a spouse i cried mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm so you know that would say i'm an independent state well
it but if you're hungry so that professor holzer winner will find a way of tossing the price generally india's beautiful handmade bridgeport baskets are still use to this day the parrot it is
this beautiful rice's friends cooked in water that is just brought to a boil and turned off besides tasting dead while prices healthy it's a good source of fiber high in complex carbohydrates low in sodium and rich are in protein than white rice and many other grains and she nice nice texture too not even though it's all part of life is still firm still has a nice texture of nice has known satya nadella is really clicking it this way you can see how we're able to cooking birch bark this is only had to bring it to a boil and is less than three inches thick curved itself in one of the registry has long played a significant role to be honest not yet provided leads and barak for medicines to cure anything from headaches to realtors as well as other elements and its regenerating bark was
used for canoes the welling eyes cooking pots baskets their spark has two layers this is the outer layer you can take the birch bark off a tree without hurting the tree design is you don't go into the canyon lands and it really fits about ten years it'll grow another eight to ten years but workers are older show again now to get the threat this is from the weekend as they embark on a bass with bass were in their prestigious trinity away from the scene my ancestors the ottawa to me came from the great lakes region as well that were hunter gatherers and made many things from the perjury but back on obama and there are no bridge this is really special to me i'm so excited
with this and this is what shapes the basket making this basket is especially meaningful because it helped me touch my past years my next out rice like to meet a friend who is finally know my friends and very dedicated rises when i look at it is a well known tribal member of the un a snob that she's published author and best remembered as the vice presidential candidate on a dream ticket with ralph nader in nineteen ninety six listen to people that you know they don't they are on a sense of sort of what i got for my theory on it is true as lebanon's army as lot of racism an argument like this is who they are a harvard educated neither leno sees herself as a rural development economist in nineteen eighty nine she founded the wider
land recovery project kisses westlake which is the biggest ways to assimilate in our resignation of thought that's all right there of rivalry this year because the business is unlike in the state that is land that paul ryan this is really the center of biological diversity for what was you know it doesn't exist so it was great before the nineteen forties when few families have cars rice camps were set up by the lakes and rivers entire families with harvesting process them an omen for the year so that for about four hundred yards our whole strategy knit community that's got the poorest counties in the state of minnesota was to get a fair price for that which we do we're really good as race after
spending almost a day on the light it may bring in three to four hundred pounds of rice with only a few weeks a year to harvest is a lot of hard work to be done these guys can in an old dusty and she had a hat youre excited to get out there and raise for their family they're i mean they're excited to preserve in a ghetto you don't sell that rice and make some money in a race this is not about the money as not just about the food it's about the affirming who are you know as a human being to say if today's harvest will be kept by the risers for their own consumption but a lot of what we know the bise here goes directly to the processing facility associated with the white earth land recovery project
also be soul serenade harvest store are these fines help support reservation life and sam has given to the elder it's been the pattern i think that with a lot of young man not a veiled during the years some elders cleverly devised of thrashing fish we have all the land all foley's attached to cars and on my way now to modern day version of a civilized that was brought to the processing facility by the white earth land recovery project this intermediate technology has machines assembled from various sources
including old track reports this rube goldberg inspired operational processes about thirty thousand pounds of rice a cease i'm anxious to learn more about how i'm an omen is used in different recipes were known as wild rice and maple syrup cake is her family's favorite dessert and soon will be mine but they're part of a kinetic cuts and they are you know is this the dollar's ticket they go be really careful to allow the array of it because there are imagining one cup to a lie on the check we've always been difficult it's a law to the exit and maple syrup we have some honey that's
the nylon and better some mechanics are long winded here then stir it for a while and then somalia or if he's the safety and chef give this is wonderful so public ranks to salt baking powder and cinnamon complete list of her dry ingredients the last night the men all manner that there isn't about pat the night plaza happening really mixes together a canny well look this oval and so look at that yeah i had it all together really well a few among thinks well i think you guys did a really good job so this is going to they hear it out very cool
job well for about three days for twenty five minutes and it's about this relationship we have to the creator that relationship is it's based on it's you know you have to reaffirm that relationship by your singing and you're dancing and in feasting and a harvesting you know that is not something that you can go buy in all of the story are cultured yeah you you have to live it they did so after this looks absolutely delicious but i have to ask when i was already doing so i'm just actually going to be a topping for there's what looks like a already a very rich and yummy cake depressed wal mart's brown sugar
and that's it we live and melted butter melts at the moment and there's no honest it's beautiful work than a man what about an hour or better with moist and rich about the texture of the president who among them will bite i think we did a very good job here we make a good cooking three older than they were five or what links to give up it thinks that a time as count my first first race fees i can't wait to make it really can't wait to eat it with a little help from my friends like dyin children chose a rather unique beverage planned for is using leads the labrador yeah i've never heard of that did say grows in
the body and waved quite fit in the fall so is this a medicinal tea yes it is we listen for life calls in stomach eggs will make me sleep well at night when chavez and so you just boil the sap than from the water on the red clay feel wailed at least two adults to dc's fb whalen says a lot about sex like so many hours not diana hazard favorite first rice beans recipe starts with ground buffalo likable part of the buffalo and wild traditionally first rights fees to move the recipe with a mixture of very mentally
filed for a death or five ok that's good enough yes i can go into this hour a rate there that we use mushrooms that's next sunday gather many wild mushrooms here yes we do look for wild mushrooms hey that's called a loyal soviet union sees into knowledge i mean it smells so good as it is no age's like that alone these are and there have been various deet would you put them in like this serve you think we should stop on the pullback warner oh that's just one of the wonderful ok not well i think
the f hang tough day you would go beautifully don't wanna waste a bit of a wall for that and for very long after that yeah because the rise of the only hurtful rights watch this when there's a last we just bake them until they're kind of tender and we're gonna fill my oh this is really pretty fierce this list she asked gorgeous that has good taste so good with a cranberry in buffalo where this is going to be the centerpiece of an absolutely marvelous thank you to the celebration of the harvest
is observed apologies for including me in my own right my journey helped me to realize the importance of the known as with most of my native american sisters and brothers there's a great reverence for nature or wild rice is respected by only what is necessary during the harvest leading some to seed for next year and only food that grows on the water it was indeed a singing and pianist not going to the tears for all of time
Seasoned with Spirit
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Food Upon the Water
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In this episode of Seasoned with Spirit, Loretta Barrett Oden visits members of the Anishinaabe tribe, and learns about harvesting and cooking wild rice (manoomin) among other traditions.
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Native American Chef Loretta Barrett Oden (Citizen Potawatomi Nation) hosts the Emmy-award-winning PBS cooking, travel and Native American culture, five-part series. Seasoned with Spirit offers viewers a culinary celebration of America's bounty combining Native American history and culture with delicious, healthy recipes inspired by indigenous foods. Much more than simply a cooking series, each 30-minute episode of Seasoned with Spirit is a visually stunning, cultural adventure across the American landscape where viewers meet Native American peoples, see their breathtaking environs, learn their history and traditions, and, best of all, taste their cuisine. With her humor and unstoppable enthusiasm, Loretta travels around the country to immerse herself in the lives and traditions of numerous Native American tribes.
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Director: Cohen, Matt
Host: Oden, Loretta Barrett
Producer: Cohen, Renard
Producer: Caramella, Louis
Producing Organization: Resolution Pictures
Producing Organization: Native American Public Telecommunications
Producing Organization: Connecticut Public Television
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Duration: 0:26:46
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