Returning The Rice to the Wild: Revitalizing Wild Rice in the Great Lakes Region Through Indigenous Knowledge Governance and Establishing a Geographical Indication

Sara Desmarais


This season—the Anishinaabeg wild rice moon Manoominike Giizis—is the season of a harvest, a ceremony, and a way of life ... Far away, a combine is harvesting paddy-grown wild rice somewhere in California, some biopirates are hunting for genes, and consumers are eating a very different food. The Anishinaabeg would not trade. In the end, this rice tastes like a lake, and that taste cannot be replicated. 1
—Winona LaDuke

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