In this food memoir, named for the manoomin or wild rice that also gives the Menominee tribe its name, tribal member Thomas Pecore Weso takes readers on a cook’s journey through Wisconsin’s northern woods. He connects each food—beaver, trout, blackberry, wild rice, maple sugar, partridge—with colorful individuals who taught him Indigenous values. Cooks will learn from his authentic recipes. Amateur and professional historians will appreciate firsthand stories about reservation life during the mid-twentieth century, when many elders, fluent in the Algonquian language, practiced the old ways.
Weso’s grandfather Moon was considered a medicine man, and his morning prayers were the foundation for all the day’s meals. Weso’s grandmother Jennie "made fire" each morning in a wood-burning stove, and oversaw huge breakfasts of wild game, fish, and fruit pies. As Weso grew up, his uncles taught him to hunt bear, deer, squirrels, raccoons, and even skunks for the daily larder. He remembers foods served at the Menominee fair and the excitement of "sugar bush," maple sugar gatherings that included dances as well as hard work.
Weso uses humor to tell his own story as a boy learning to thrive in a land of icy winters and summer swamps. With his rare perspective as a Native anthropologist and artist, he tells a poignant personal story in this unique book.
|Publisher:||Wisconsin Historical Society|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||3 Months to 18 Years|
About the Author
Thomas Weso is an enrolled member of the Menominee Indian Nation of Wisconsin. He is the author of many articles, personal essays, and a biography of Langston Hughes with coauthor Denise Low. Weso holds a master’s degree in Indigenous Studies from the University of Kansas, and has taught at the college level for the last fifteen years. He is a speaker for the Kansas Humanities Council library program, Talk About Literature in Kansas and copublisher of Mammoth Publications. He is an artist with paintings in collections throughout the Kansas City area, and he has had solo and group shows at the Hutchinson Arts Center and other venues.
Table of Contents
Fire: Grandmother's Morning 1
Prayer: Grandfather's Dreaming 10
Survival Hunting 29
How to Cook a Beaver 37
Manomin, Good Seeds 47
Maple Syrup 61
Blackberry Wine 81
German Beer 87
Wisconsin Diner Food 91
Fair Time on the Rez 97
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
menominee-indians-of-wisconsin, recipes, historical-research, history-and-culture Read from June 10 to 20, 2016 A family history, a Wisconsin tribal history of the Menominee, a limited personal history, a food history, this book is all of these things and more. The recipes are gleaned from family, tribal, and other cookbooks. There are recipes with wild rice, berries, wild game, fishes, corn, maple syrup, greens, garden meals, and preserving foods. It is comfortably written and well researched, with several recipes included in each chapter. I loved it, but my sister liberated it when visiting from Columbia county for my birthday! Thank you, Wisconsin State Historical Society Press and LibraryThing Member Giveaways!
The Synopsis Thomas Pecore Weso shows a cook’s journey through Wisconsin’s woods. He takes each food—beaver, trout, fruit, wild rice, and shows us who taught him these values. Cooks will learn from the recipes, as historians hear firsthand stories about reservation life during the mid-twentieth century. The Review This is such a great book! I enjoyed learning about the history of the land and the tribe. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but I'm sure i will soon, as they seem easy enough to follow. This book takes you on a journey and immerses you in a beautiful culture and lifestyle. So many memories and beautiful tales of growing up. You really get a feel for the author as he recounts his life and immerses you chapter by chapter into his life. This book is beautiful inside and out and I loved reading it. Thank you librarything for sending me this book in exchange for my honest review.