Nibi and Manoomin: Bridging Worldviews Symposium
For more information and to register: http://www.cfans.umn.edu/diversity/Initiatives/wildrice2011.htm
Dates: Aug. 22-24
Location: Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen, MN
This symposium builds on work begun two years ago between tribal communities and the University of Minnesota. The first symposium (2009) brought researchers from the University together with tribal elders from across northern Minnesota. It offered an opportunity to share knowledge about manoomin and build a better understanding between native knowledge holders and University researchers on wild rice in a good way.
That initial gathering was very powerful and long overdue. One outcome of the symposium was a request by tribal members in attendance for more opportunities to share stories, research, and learning and build trust so that wild rice is appreciated as a sacred gift from the creator by us all--this second symposium honors that request. Another outcome of the initial meeting was to draft a wild rice white paper. This paper would identify issues where University and tribal interests could begin to engage in meaningful dialogue on wild rice research conducted at the University and offer recommendations for action. The document was completed and will be presented to the University.
This current symposium, "Nibi and Manoomin: Bridging Worldviews," provides another occasion to exchange teachings between Western and Anishinaabe cultural views. In addition to manoomin, we will include sessions on water (nibi) at this symposium. Water and manoomin belong together.
Erma Vizenor, Tribal Chairwoman, White Earth Nation
Robert Jones, Senior Vice President -- University of Minnesota
White Earth Contacts:
Pamela Standing (218-847-9554, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Joe LaGarde (218-983-3285, JoeL@whiteearth.com)
University of Minnesota Contacts:
Craig Hassel (612-624-7288, email@example.com)
Karl Lorenz (612-624-9299, firstname.lastname@example.org)