Join the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin as it honors its traditional white corn during a community-wide harvest and husking celebration. Grown on an organic farm run by the tribe, white corn is high in protein and an important part of the traditional diet. Through its farm, orchard, cannery and educational programs, the Oneida tribe is working to build a sustainable food system and reconnect its people to traditional foods.
On a mild October day, the annual harvest of traditional white corn by the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin begins in a circle, with tobacco and prayer. This year’s crop survived better than crops stricken by drought in other areas of the state.
The annual harvest and husking bee celebrates the traditional way of taking care of the corn. The community outing is sponsored by the tribe’s organic farming and cultural education program (called Tsyunhehkwa, in the tribal language). By taking care of the corn, the Oneida Tribe is taking care of its people.
“If you eat good food, that is culturally relevant to you, you’re going to strengthen your body, your family, your community,” says Raeann Skenandore-Summers, who manages the Oneida Market, a retail store where dried corn and its byproducts are sold alongside traditional herbs. Read More...