THE GOOD SEED,
THE GIFT OF THE CREATOR
Archaeological and Anishinaabe cultural evidence proves our relationship with Manoomin (wild rice).
The Manoomin garden is a means of travel and a source of diverse food.
This diversity includes my father's clan, Black Duck.
Wild rice has been around for a very long time.
We are part of the garden.
We are all part of the garden and it's time we get back into the garden.
For the last 36 years Black Duck Wild Rice has been rehabilitating, protecting, and promoting wild rice.
Inspired by Harold Perry, whose grandmother carried seeds from Rice Lake to the Mississippi River near Ardock, James Whetung returned home from Ardock's 1982 food security uprising to his community of Curve Lake First Nation determined to restore our wild rice beds with the ultimate goal of putting the rice back in Rice Lake. Curve Lake First Nation's food sovereignty and food security had been eroded by colonial genocidal practices and the health and wealth of the community was suffering.
James met with community elders to learn where their traditional rice beds had been and received their direction to replant their traditional gathering grounds.
In particular, James learned that Pigeon Lake had been his grandfather's traditional hunting, fishing, and ricing grounds and he dedicated himself to restoring the then-destroyed ecosystem.
James and his daughter Daemin continue to work to restore their family's territory and to
put the rice back in Rice Lake!
People of all backgrounds - Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, newcomers to Canada, those descended from settlers - join together at our Manoomin camp each Summer and Fall to learn together.
Participants hear about the history of Manoomin then participate in the gathering, roasting, dancing, and winnowing of the wild rice.
Please see our blog for a more detailed description of the workshops and for information about how to book.
In addition to traditional gathering and processing of Manoomin, Black Duck Wild Rice also gathers wild rice using an airboat and processes the wild rice into food using home-made machines.
Communities and individuals may contract our services for any or all of the stages of processing wild rice into food (gathering, curing, roasting, dancing, winnowing, packaging).
PROPAGATION & REHABILITATION SERVICES
Black Duck Wild Rice provides consultation services to communities and individuals interested in rehabilitating wild rice. This can include in-person site visits to evaluate suitable locations to seed, estimate the amount of seed required, and instruct community members in planting techniques.
Viable green seed is only available in September and October. Interested persons are encouraged to place orders for green seed in August.
162 Murrayville Rd
Curve Lake, ON