Harvesting Wild Onions and sipping clean water at LCO

By Oshscabewis
Reserve, Wisconsin (NFIC) 5-08

Each cycle of the season brings an opportunity for human beings to harvest the bounty of nature in one way or another. Whether planting a garden or harvesting from the forests and swamps, each year, many traditional families, or at those practicing harvesting to exercise their treaty rights to gather resources, at least amongst the Ojibwe.

Early this year, people fled their computers and television sets to set up camp and harvest maple sap to make into syrup, sugar and candy. Within weeks, tribal fishermen and women floated out on the lakes to harvest spawning fish and the fresh smell of fillets could be found in many reservation homes. Now as plants begin the budding and poking out process, many families remember the ageless tradition of harvesting, starting first with Wild Onions, or as some call it, Indian Garlic.

In this video, we visit with two young members of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe tribe, Honyere and Courtney, who we find toying along the banks of Pipestone Creek on the local reservation, digging fresh Wild Onions and munching their spicy leafs.

"Wild Onions, and Clean Water"

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