KTEI hosts annual Fall Harvest Thursday

M’CHIGEENG—Kenjgewin Teg is hosting its annual Fall Harvest tomorrow at the M’Chigeeng powwow grounds, themed ‘Wazhi Modzawin Miinwaa Niisiwin,’ Living and Breathing Sustainable Ways of Being.

Harvesting/taste testing stations this year include: fish fry with the UCCM Anishnaabe Police Services; pumpkin latte, pumpkin pancakes and muffins by Contact North; apple chips, apple cider and apple sauce with the United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising; nutritional snacks with Cody Leeson of Noojmowin Teg; and chow chow made by Anishinaabemowin Gamig.

Community harvesters will be on hand presenting and sharing as well. The stations are: Theodore’s wild rice processing; Leo’s marmalade and grape jelly; Patsy’s scone making and taste testing; Heather’s rhubarb jam; Jimmy’s fish filleting; Francine Debassige’s carrot harvesting; Cherokii’s pickled beets; and Jean and Sue’s hominy corn.

Kenjgewin Teg staff and students will be on hand offering corn soup and apple recipes, apple crisp, salsa, fall soups, baked beans, pumpkin harvesting, sumac and cedar tea, root vegetable soup and strawberry shortcake.

Barb Recollet of Noojmowin Teg will be running an education booth, while Nat Hastings, Sean Tipper and Mary Ann Auger will be sharing diabetes wellness knowledge.

Community education sessions will include: Manitoulin Streams speaking about ecology, harvesting and trapping; Kina Gbezhgomi Child and Family Services about their organization; the Whitefish River First Nation Bee Keepers about honeycombs and bees; Science North on the science of living and breathing; Anishinaabe Revival Program on learning the language; Wild at Heart on wild animal rescue and rehabilitation; and WaterFirst on working with water.

The Ojibwe Cultural Foundation (OCF) will be leading presentations on hominy corn, while the Great Spirit Circle Trail will be discussing the teas of Manitoulin.

Other community education sessions will include: Norm’s trapping booth; the Manitoulin Trapping Council; big drum song teachings with Nathan; Raising the Spirit Wellness Team with tobacco teachings; Odemin Kwe, Danielle’s female drum song teachings; Pan’s live agricultural farmland birds and animals; Tina’s smudge teachings; Lynn’s regalia showcase; a dancing demonstration by Tim and Amelia; Heather’s root cellar; Judy Armstrong leading a smoked fish demonstration; Burt’s Farm with a pig harvest demonstration; G’Mewin Migwans leading a quill teaching; and deer harvesting with Cole Corbiere.

As well, the KTEI Elder in Residence will be presenting a Wiigwaas teaching and Wayne of KTEI will be teaching about chaga and tea.

There will be games and crafts using ‘nature’s gifts’ including: medicine wheel teaching craft with the UCCMM Justice Program; crafts with Darlene Bebonang of the OCF; KTEI staff will be leading Indigenous games including double ball; 3D wild game archery with Chief Linda Debassige; 4Elements and teaching how to make shelters for animals; Ann Beam leading autumn artwork; and Ojibwe Creations teaching how to make gloves and mittens with leather.

Events are tentative and subject to change, but the KTEI Fall Harvest will run rain or shine at the M’Chigeeng powwow grounds Thursday, September 21 from 9 am to 3 pm.

The stations and food are first come, first serve. Participants are encouraged to bring feast bags and water bottles.

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