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9/9/10   Sounds of Rice Camp - Michigan Public Radio

For thousands of years, Native American tribes in the Great Lakes region have been harvesting wild rice. They call it manoomin.  But over the past few centuries, this tradition has been dying out. The rice beds have been shrinking...  Listen to the report..

9/12/10   Wild About Rice - Grand Rapids Press

MECOSTA COUNTY -- Scott Herron pushed his canoe through murky waters with a handmade wooden pole and approached clusters of wild rice stalks prime for harvesting.   Katie Tomczyk bent the stems back gently with one stick and knocked ripe grains into the boat with the other.   A mound of "manoomin," the Anishinaabe word for the food, slowly grew in the center of the boat..Read More...

3/7/10  Students go Old School - Grand Rapids Press

As Kevin Finney held a blade against the end of a slender piece of clear cedar, 11-year-old Lydia Hughes gingerly pounded in the knife with a mallet about as big as her head.  “Just a couple more taps,” said Finney...   Read more...

3/4/10  Heritage in a Basket  - Rapid Growth Media

There weren't any wild car chases, eye-popping explosions, or bodacious babes flickering on two screens Tuesday night in Grand Rapids to an overflow crowd of nearly 800 people.  Just quiet conversation and interesting visuals that show how an area family makes, of all things, baskets.  And the audience was enraptured...  Read More...

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9/20/10   ARTPRIZE - Canoe at WMCAT - Fox 17 News

Nearly 200 years have passed since the great bark canoes with their French and Indian crews pushed their way up the Grand River.   This authentic fur trade canoe, christened the “North Star”, is the first of such vessels to see the waters of the Grand River Valley since the 1830’s....   Watch the segment...


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6/9/2011 - SciTech - Grand Rapids Grade Schoolers help GLLI Research the Origins of Maple Sugar

Grade school students from Grand Rapids have been actively involved with GLLI research that promises to significantly further knowledge of this traditional subsistence and market industry... Read more...

9/8/2011 - GLLI Receives Healing Our Waters Grant

GLLI Is researching the possibility of wild rice replacing phragmites in the Saginaw Bay. Wild rice is a native plant that may replace eradicated phragmites. Wild rice is food and habitat for many native species that phragmites displaces... Read more...

10/15/2011 - Wild Rice Cultural Workshop Attracts People from 12 Tribes

Gun Lake Potawatomi and GLLI host a wild rice processing workshop with Roger LaBine. Article in Native News Network... Read more

12/2/2011 - Countryside Magazine Covers Wild Edibles

GLLI Natural Resources Director Barb Barton is one of three featured personalities in this article - “Wild things” by Jerri Cook... Read More

12/11/2011 - Community Media Center NPO Showcase interview with GLLI Executive Director Kevin Finney

Learn more about the Institute and our mission  - Watch the Interview

12/5/2011 - Edible Communities’ “Edible Grand Traverse” e-Magazine Covers GLLI/Gun Lake Rice Camp!

Over 100 people learned how to process wild rice with Roger LeBine, elder of the Lac Vieux Desert band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians... Read Article