Manoomini-miikaans—The Wild Rice Road tells the story of two children on their way to an annual wild rice camp on the Saginaw Bay and was created to teach children respect for natural resources like wild rice and a connection to Mother Earth through the Anishinaabe language.
The book was created by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe’s Environmental Department with funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Water Act, Section 106 and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding.
“I’m very proud of our internal departments who came together to produce the book,” said Tribal Chief Dennis Kequom Sr. in a press release. “Wild rice has always been one of our traditional foods and is making a big comeback to the Saganing Bay area with the help of our Environmental Team.”
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan will be distributing 10,000 copies of the book to local schools as a supplement to language curriculums. The books will also be going to libraries, conservation groups and educational organizations. To request copies, call 989-775-4014.