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How Native Americans Are Saving Vegetables from Extinction

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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. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/vR6Acb Follow us behind the scenes on Instagram: http://goo.gl/2KABeX Make our acquaintance on Facebook: http://goo.gl/Vn0XIZ Give us a shout on Twitter: http://goo.gl/sY1GLY Come hang with us on Vimeo: http://goo.gl/T0OzjV Visit our world directly: http://www.greatbigstory.com This story is a part of our Flavors series, where we do so much more than play with our food. Come with us as we dive into deliciously different and tastefully off-beat stories in the culinary world. Great Big Story is a video network dedicated to the untold, overlooked & flat-out amazing. Humans are capable of incredible things & we're here to tell their stories. When a rocket lands in your backyard, you get in.
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Dennis Diamond Belvis (6 days ago)
Thank God!, another seed bank, kudos from the Philippines.
Mckenzie Pittser (23 days ago)
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.
Shelby Brooks (1 month ago)
5 dollar indians. Black people are the real native americans.
Shelby Brooks (1 month ago)
Those are not Native Americans. Those are white people posing as indians.
Jordan Conrad (2 months ago)
I’m proud to say that I am part Cherokee Indian🌽🌽
Dz Nhts (2 months ago)
Damn they went from being black to white sucks but at least they hold their spirit.
chris windham (1 month ago)
Dz Nhts natives never black look at African haha
Taesarra (2 months ago)
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
Quig Pig (2 months ago)
If there are endangered animals and plants, are there any endangered rocks, dirt, or anything nonliving?
Marvee78 (3 months ago)
Such wonderful and important work.
Bartlebee57 (3 months ago)
Corn isn't a vegetable. It's a seed.
LoveIsAFuckedUpDrug (3 months ago)
Honduras 420 (3 months ago)
We do that by hand everyday in honduras
Donna Woodford (4 months ago)
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.
Giovanni Rojas (2 months ago)
It did originate in Mexico, but it spread out all throughout the America's.
Edgar Mkrtumyan (4 months ago)
god bless Native Americans from Armenia
Jordan RepGamez (4 months ago)
The whites take their land, kill them, arrest them and yet the natives keep taking care of the land because they respect it the whites are the destroyers of this world
Dávid Danos (4 months ago)
Why not say in the title "How Anishinaabek Are Saving Vegetables..." because both Ojibwe and Potawatomi peoples are Nish and it is wayyyyy more accurate than "Native American" and way less colonial
Rainbow Pierrot (5 months ago)
Literally everyone is descended from farmers or people that worked the land at some point, we are all connected to the earth and by the earth, our beautiful mother Gaia ♥️
Jody Titus (5 months ago)
76 varieties of corn!!
kaas saus (5 months ago)
can that corn pop?
Napoleon IV (5 months ago)
Get more boyfriends for your daughter. Bob Berber, weird name. He’s a bozo. Likes to play tricks. Probably adopted.
Home Wild (6 months ago)
They live right near me
Jensen Wang (6 months ago)
Introduce them to cornhub
Lyle Johnson (7 months ago)
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.
Banana Phone (7 months ago)
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.
RAJU K (7 months ago)
How similar our way of life is.
Rabid Rabbit (7 months ago)
corn is a grain, not a vegetable lol
myself just (8 months ago)
I cried for their longing of their original days... the humble culture and origin that missing through those hard times of being pushed aside.
StruckOne (8 months ago)
I read the title as “how Americans are saving up vegetables”
Gabriella Gomez (8 months ago)
That sounds like a fantastic job.
AIDAN TRUJILLO (8 months ago)
From not eating them.
Ming Song (8 months ago)
corn gets cross pollinated easily. It must be hard to keep seeds true to parent.
zeily Padilla (8 months ago)
This is so good
Demonetized Gaming (8 months ago)
Native my ass. They're terrorist. I know it, they're paid muslim actors. Ya'll won't fool me, I watch Fox news
Kevin DC (8 months ago)
The original americans
U Tubred (9 months ago)
stop. give us the full video
G boy (9 months ago)
So touching
Sixteas Yung (9 months ago)
Jane Booth (9 months ago)
Thank you decent people worldwide. we have to preserve good things ... our old ways are BEST.
Allen (10 months ago)
I like that old native guy. He gets it.
Monterey Perkins (10 months ago)
I live in Michigan
Marc C (10 months ago)
GOD BLESS my Brothers & Sisters
CuTe (11 months ago)
I read “how native Americans are savaging vegetables from extra tuition
Shayla Banks (1 month ago)
Stupid AF^^^ laughing at there own comment
CuTe (11 months ago)
Khoi Ho (11 months ago)
god bless these people
TS (11 months ago)
Great job! 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.
Nancy Baldwin (11 months ago)
If more people lived in the native american ways, and grew in traditional ways, there would be more than enough and everyone would be healthier. Imagine the variety.
Unassuming Bronco (11 months ago)
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.
djness disser (1 year ago)
vortexgen1 (1 year ago)
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.
Sacredcolors10 。 (1 year ago)
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL😍😍😍
Reechi Beyong (1 year ago)
American people are just so blessed from beginning..... Just weed is killing the real United American...
Doggo Gifs (11 months ago)
Cam Good (1 year ago)
This is great. I was just thinking a lot about varieties of vegetables that we used in the 18th century that have been lost. It's great to see that there are people persevering these species.
C Charles (1 year ago)
Beautiful story!
K G (1 year ago)
Why does it only say how native Americans are saving vegtables, there are clearly white people contributing
TheClaire123444 (11 months ago)
K G thanks for contributing. It helps us with the load
TheClaire123444 (11 months ago)
Yeah but we do it a lot more and there aren't many videos about all the Native Americans saving this world TRADITIONALLY
arif ahmad (1 year ago)
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!
YASHOD POL (1 year ago)
wow someone is there saving world's food heritage
Aaron Lockett (1 year ago)
What is there not to LIKE about this video !???! This world it truly doomed.
Grace Serena Christie (1 year ago)
Smart before big criminal companies are the monopoly on seeds and famine everyone to death.
Lisa t (1 year ago)
Massgrowstv ❤'s this!
Jessica Spurr (1 year ago)
I'm sure I'm not the only person to say this, but does anyone see a resemblance between Kevin Finney, The Seed Library guy, and Vincent Van Gogh?
Alex McCoy (1 year ago)
Thank you Monsanto! (Sarcasm)
Sambo Rambo (1 year ago)
Too bad there aren't any Native American role models and media today
Shayla Banks (1 month ago)
Well then you obviously haven't looked hard enough have you ?
coc0s (1 year ago)
Rare crops ultimately will save common crops from extinction.
B uppy (1 year ago)
They need more than those small jars in their library. They could sell extra seeds to help fund this projects also.
Tdabzzz Tafoya (1 year ago)
2:00 *Sounds of the pulled corn covers made me cringed to the soul...*
Moonpai 3 (1 year ago)
I don't understand why there are so many hate comments.
Fujoshi Here (1 year ago)
Even though a lot of people around the world thinks that Native Americans are gone here they are helping the world.
Loki Lape (1 year ago)
White native american?
Akbbba 1 (1 year ago)
Loki Lape yes whites raped them so they have alot of Anglo blood now.
satya shukla (1 year ago)
Aweeeee native Americans are lovely people. I wish I could meet them in person one day. Always loved them :)
MyKuro Time (1 year ago)
so peaceful sound
jecub Owo (1 year ago)
This is amazing
Brownie 2000 (1 year ago)
I love native american culture
Nathali Moran (1 year ago)
COOKIE GOODNESS (1 year ago)
cristina hasty (1 year ago)
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
Syrena Webb (1 year ago)
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.
millenium2003 (1 year ago)
He is too white to be native
SomeDumbGamer (1 year ago)
Ok. that white corn is AWESOME.
Aleph-Tav Unutterable (1 year ago)
These people are the true salt of the earth! 🙌
Donna Walker (1 year ago)
This made my heart smile
I can tell he's a skin he sounds like one and he sounds like my grandpa lol
Vietlover92 D (1 year ago)
Too bad these arent 100% bloodlined natives though. I mean, these guys are whiter than my toothpaste.
Icosikaioctaggon - (1 year ago)
JC (1 year ago)
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.
chris windham (1 month ago)
What white trash you have no culture you whites highest welfare
Max Odell (4 months ago)
Centuries ago? Last I checked racism is alive and well. You're a prime example.
Akbbba 1 (1 year ago)
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.
Ferocko Ferautyuis (1 year ago)
"we" ah yes, this comment has singled handedly cured my cancer and reduced crime rates in our city, humanity will forever humbly bow down to this world-changing youtube comment that you've graciously contributed
Chase Gioffreda (1 year ago)
why you gotta be so racist
DeRien8 (1 year ago)
aww man, how do I get a job working with these people
I live in Michigan
Respawn (1 year ago)
bloated utopia (1 year ago)
these guys are doing such a cool thing
Kerian Halcyon (1 year ago)
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.
7saany (1 year ago)
i wish i was native american, Im native south American though
Alex Delashmit (1 year ago)
7saany you're still Native american
Leo B (1 year ago)
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.
Trey Walton (1 year ago)
These aren't native americans
halashet (1 year ago)
umm. those are white people... its sad coz native americans of north america has been totally exterminated. those who survived the genocide were eventually bred out of existence.
Garbage productions 5 (8 months ago)
Um we're natives so what are you a North Korea Kim Jon us is stupid
Tdabzzz Tafoya (1 year ago)
Na we still here
Esmeralda Serrano (1 year ago)
thank you
chloe wells (1 year ago)
I'm glad to be mostly Native American! They are so humble to the Earth!
miss mex (1 year ago)
saving their America. because we all know America belongs to these people.
EvilHomerSimpson (1 year ago)
haha i didn't know native Americans were white or looked liked hippies
Asia Connor (2 years ago)
ayyyyeeeeeee michigan
Hrishi Alda (2 years ago)
Wow they ignited fire from stone
The Milky Cow (1 year ago)
Hrishi Alda “flint”
Red Yumi (2 years ago)
was looking forward to the feast.

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