Rare strains of corn, beans, squash and other native crops might have been lost forever if not for the protection efforts of the Potawatomi and Ojibwe tribes and the Jijak Foundation in Hopkins, Michigan. Thanks to the salvation efforts of these tribes and a seed-lending library, native foods are making a comeback and being used in traditional ceremonies.
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Being part Cherokee and growing up not knowing much about my culture. I always craved learning what white people want us to forget, our culture. I hope my generation and the ones that come after will have pride in our heritage, want to preserve it.
It breaks my heart that I didn't have the opportunity to grow up with the culture of my own Ojibwe heritage, but seeing such loving care being taken to help preserve our past is so important and gives me hope for those who come after us that they'll get the chance to learn what I didn't have the chance to
The 🌽 variety shown here, long in length, reminds me of the field corn my dad used to grow. I knew some Pottawatomie individuals in Kansas, but didn't know that their ancestors were farmers. I was thinking that maize is a grass that originated in Mexico. Thank you for sharing.
Watching these videos just ruin my diet in a happy way. My Dad's side was from Norway. One time visiting Grandpa and Grandma in Minnesota. Grandma fix a bunch of Norwegian food. So I can see how important it is for Native Americans to keep the seeds and food alive for younger generations.
I was going to make a comment, but I can't figure out a way to put it into words what I want to say. Everyone needs to be more mindful of their food. Most people have been brought up to believe food is some inanimate object that we can do with what we please. Food is and should remain alive. Plants are sentient in their own ways. When we give respect to the plant, the plant rewards us. Modern industrial-scale farming has removed this personal connection with food. Just a couple hundred years or so ago, everyone had a personal connection to their food, even if they didn't give it respect. Now, few know where the food comes from. It's dead before it arrives to us. It sits on a shelf for months or years before we even see it. There is no love given to the plants, no respect, and the end product (food) is not as nourishing to the body. Humans eat and eat because their bodies sense the lack of nutrition and are trying to get the needed nutrients, and get fat in the process. Our reward for lack of respect is lack of health. We didn't care for the plants and animals that feed us, and they stopped caring about us.
But I highly doubt the corn realizes anything and even more that it's happy about being used like some sort of obedient slave plant. But then again I'm glad for those people to be able to use it again.
What a great, prolific cultivar they have. I'd love to have a hand full of the seeds myself to grow them here and contribute to bringing back Indigenous American plants that colonial whites stole, burned, and exploited. Agriculture is a skill the world would not have without indigenous peoples all over the world who planted maize, wheat, and other grain crops to support their tribes without exploiting animals as their main source of calories and fats. It's a damn shame that we continue to propagate these toxic ideals on our children, ruining the land and making it unfit for even animals.
These seeds are very valuable because of some disease could come along and wipe out the engineered crops we have been using for so long to feed us. These seeds could then be used to make the disease resistant new crops that we need. Also it's nice to to have some variety in life and try some different kinds of heritage fruits and vegetables.
All the foreigners can do is settle in new land kill the natives, and start producing the most waste and then put sanctions on on other nations and stop others from entering into their country, forgetting who they themselves are, immigrants!
seeing what you have done makes me cry with happiness so much has been lost and tainted ive been working towards getting land so i can do just what u r doing saving all that is getting lost. saving our people and the land i love so much
It's so exciting and amazing that they are doing their best to keep ancestoral foods alive. Seed libraries are so crucial, not only to represent traditional food sources, but to also educate future generations about agricultural diversity.
What's up with the title? I don't see how the Native Americans are doing jack shit here, except cooking dinner. I did however see some highly intelligent and hard working white people doing some fantastic work to save these strains, then instead of doing the right thing and selling them for a profit so these strains can increase the foodcrop diversity worldwide, they hand them over to some local lazyasses sponging off government handouts. White people need to stop feeling bad about what our ancestors did centuries ago. It's over. We had nothing to do with it. And we have done more to move humanity forward than any other race. Fuck white guilt. There is no other race that has ever hated itself for the immoral deeds of it's forebearers, and literally every race has a shameful history, not one excluded. We need to stop apologizing, and the rest of humanity should be grateful for what we've done for them.
JC "we've" every race on the planet has made major contributions. 3D imagery, filament, astrological advancements, automobile advancements, cancer detecting goggles, the concept of bathing daily, the concept of allowing people in a nation to vote, traffic lights, the list goes on. All made by non whites this is why people are getting tired of your race and their bullshit even asians who kissed your arse for so long.
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As a guy who believes we need to preserve many aspects of our world's cultures, I'm pretty pleased with this. It'd be great to be able to experiment with the different types of corn in order to figure out the different recipes and kinds of food you can make with it.
that guy should share some of that crops with the ark of seed ol Svalvard that has a bank of crops with no modifications in a bunker protected from nuke disasters and natural disasters. what a noble way to spend your life.
Why celebrate LGBT Pride? The history of oppression for LGBT persons has centered around notions of appropriateness/normality and invisibility. LGBT persons have often lost their families, their friends, their employment and their lives because others have deemed the way they love to be inappropriate or abnormal. Our society has a strong sense of gendered normality: Men do x and women do Y. Indeed, who we are allowed to love has historically been linked to that which is deemed appropriate for our gender. When an individual chooses to live with integrity, as an authenticate person, despite the societal dangers of doing so, they exemplify Pride; that is worthy of celebration. The freedom possessed by todays lgbt students was made possible by the courage and strength of individuals who refused to feel shame for who they were and Who lived authentically and openly, winning straight allies along the way. Instead of lamenting the paucity of role models living authentically when we, as educators, were in school, perhaps we are called to be the role model we wished we had had! Now, and every day, is the time for Pride!
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May 22nd is Education Support Professionals Day!!
As educators, we know the crucial role played by the thousands of paraprofessionals, office workers, bus drivers, custodians and maintenance staff in our schools and/or Community Colleges. In fact, it would be difficult to imagine a school going for one day without ESPs.
When we talk about strengthening our schools, we need to strengthen everyone who works within them. Along with recruiting and retaining quality teachers, we must recruit and retain quality education support professionals. To do that, it certainly means providing decent wages and benefits to the people who spend their days making sure our students are safe, well fed and learning.