Original Local

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Original Local

Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes from the Upper Midwest

By Heid E. Erdrich

Minnesota Historical Society Press, Paperback, 9780873518949, 224pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2013

Local foods have garnered much attention in recent years, but the concept is hardly new: indigenous peoples have always made the most of nature's gifts. Their menus were truly the original local, celebrated here in sixty home-tested recipes paired with profiles of tribal activists, food researchers, families, and chefs.
A chapter on wild rice makes clear the crucial role manoomin plays in cultural and economic survival. A look at freshwater fish is concerned with shifts in climate and threats to water purity as it reveals the deep relationship between Ojibwe people and indigenous fish species such as Ginoozhii, the Muskie, Ogaa, the Walleye, and Adikamig, Whitefish. Health concerns have encouraged Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota cooks to return to, and revise, recipes for bison, venison, and wild game. Sections on vegetables and beans, herbs and tea, and maple and berries offer insight from a broad representation of regional tribes, including Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Potawatomi, and Mandan gardeners and harvesters.
The innovative recipes collected here from Ramp Kimchi to Three Sisters Salsa, from Manoomin Lasagna to Venison Mole Chili will inspire home cooks not only to make better use of the foods all around them but also to honor the storied heritage they represent.
Heid E. Erdrich, author of five books of poetry and coeditor of "Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community," teaches writing, performs her work broadly, and gives lectures on American Indian art, language, and literature.

About the Author
Author of the 2012 collection Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems and Winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Award for her poetry collection National Monuments, Heid E. Erdrich also co-edited Sister Nations: Native American Women on Community. Her first play, Curiosities, was produced by Pangea World Theater in 2010. She is Ojibwe, enrolled at Turtle Mountain. Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota and attended Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University. Heid has worked in education and in community for twenty years teaching writing, lecturing on Native American literature, on language recovery, and on visual art. She is a frequent visiting author and project scholar for colleges, universities, libraries and art and cultural centers. She has curated over a dozen visual art exhibits in recent years. Currently, Heid directs Wiigwaas Press, an Ojibwe language publisher, and she is at work on a cookbook from the indigenous foods movement.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2013

Author and poet Heid Erdrich writes about the food-ways of Native Americans in the Upper Midwest in the new book, Original Local. Erdrich tells guest host Celeste Headlee that "eat Local" is more than just the latest foodie trend. She explains that the practice dates back to America's earliest residents � and we're not talking about the Pilgrims. More at NPR.org

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