Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir

Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir

by Thomas Pecore Weso

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870207723
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
Publication date: 07/26/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 122
Sales rank: 1,098,670
File size: 1 MB

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

Contents Preface Fire: Grandmother’s Morning Prayer: Grandfather’s Dreaming Fruit Partridge Survival Hunting How to Cook a Beaver Fishing Manomin, Good Seeds Corn Maple Syrup Greens Gardening Blackberry Wine German Beer Wisconsin Diner Food Fair Time on the Rez Storage Bibliography Index

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