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Food Science Club to Sponsor Native American Speaker: Michael Wassegijig Price

Posted: March 9, 2012

Michael Price (Academic Dean at White Earth Tribal College in Minnesota) will be speaking about the importance of wild rice to Native Americans on March 15, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in 113 Carnegie.

The Food Science Club is proud to sponsor Native American speaker Michael Wassegijig Price, the Academic Dean at White Earth Tribal College in Minnesota. The title of his talk is "Climate Impacts to the Lifeways of Native Americans." He will be speaking on Thursday, March 15th at 7:30 p.m. in 113 Carnegie. Here is the abstract: "Wild rice may already be changing as a result of a warming climate,” states Michael Wassegijig Price at White Earth Tribal and Community College (WETCC). Wild rice, a traditional food of the Anishinaabe people of Northern Minnesota, is an aquatic grass species which is susceptible to the slightest of water fluctuations. The decimation of wild rice could have detrimental impacts to the lifeways, traditions, and the economy of the Anishinaabeg. Throughout generations, traditional harvesters have observed changes in wild rice crops and have shared those observations through oral tradition. Today, those harvesters are witnessing anomalies such as later harvesting seasons and brown spot disease. An aggressive study has been initiated at White Earth Tribal and Community College that is examining potential climate impacts to wild rice using remote sensing technology and traditional ecological knowledge. Native communities are training their own people to conduct these analyses. In this presentation, Mr. Price will also share other examples of how Native American communities are beginning to identify and address climate impacts on their own tribal lands."

For more information contact Sara Calaman

Submitted by Sara Calaman (skc5081@psu.edu)