Fond du Lac Encourages Traditional Diets

May 15th, 2000 | By | Category: 11-4: All Our Children Are Special, Tribal College News

Fond du Lac President Lester Jack Briggs signs the Onanegozie grant agreement with William Hunt, Gordon Aanerud, and Robert Hoefort.

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, Minn., received a $15,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-Onanegozie Resource Conservation and Development Council to study and share information about traditional food gathering and preservation techniques of the Ojibwe culture. The Circle of Subsistence project also involves the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. It is designed to encourage healthy diet choices and good nutrition practices and also to share traditional methods of acquiring and preserving food customarily used by Ojibwe people.

Program components are arranged to emulate traditional Ojibwe yearly cyclical patterns, utilizing the 13 Ojibwe moons. Topics correspond with the time of the Ojibwe year and will include the gathering and processing of maple sap; collecting birch bark for basketmaking; gathering wild berries; identifying medicinal plants; harvesting and processing wild rice; tanning hides; and processing meat, fish, fruits, and vegetables. David Wise, the tribal college liaison for the USDA-NRCS, said the grant covers seven counties.

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