Last week I journeyed with 10 Hamline University students to the environs of White Earth Minnesota to undertake a week of service learning with the White Earth Land Recovery Project. First, my sincere thanks (migwetch!) to all who welcomed us and worked with us – Winona, Maggie, Mike, Barb, Brian, Pat, Zach, Terry, Grandma Judy, Bob, Buddha, and no doubt I’ve forgotten someone very important on this list. We learned so much about Anishinabe foodways, and shared fantastic food! If you want to buy some exceptional wild rice and cranberry pilaf, for example, I recommend you shop for Native Harvest, available online here:
If you have any questions or problems, just call Barb and she’ll fix you right up. If you don’t need to buy anything right now, check them out anyway and learn what WELRP is all about.
We shucked and ground corn, helped put up a greenhouse, and set about 100 maple syrup taps, so we left a bit of Hamline spirit there. And we brought a lot of White Earth and our new friends’ spirit back to the cities with us. Baamaapii.