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Outdoor Adventure Center - Reading Month Guest Author Barbara J Barton; Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan

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Outdoor Adventure Center - Reading Month Guest Author Barbara J Barton; Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan

2023-03-12T17:30:00Z 2023-03-12T18:30:00Z Outdoor Adventure Center - Reading Month Guest Author Barbara J Barton; Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan

Member benefit early seating: 1:15-1:30 p.m. Open seating: 1:30 p.m.

Celebrate “March is Reading Month” and Michigan’s natural and cultural heritage with us! Barb Barton, local author and singer-songwriter, will share her experiences as an artist, scientist and wild food forager through story and song. Barb’s focus will be the ecology, role and importance of our native wild rice beds and the uncertain future of this amazing plant.

In her presentation Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan, Barb will introduce us to the history, culture, biology, economics and spirituality surrounding this sacred plant. She begins her story in the days before European colonization and travels in time through the logging and industrialization eras. Barb explores the worlds of the Anishinaabek and the colonizers as she contrasts their different perspectives and relationships with manoomin. The audience learns about Michigan’s historic wild rice beds, why many of them vanished and how both tribal and nontribal people have sought to restore and protect manoomin across the landscape. Attendees will also learn how manoomin is harvested and processed.

Barb Barton is the author of the books “The Amazing Adventures of a Midwestern Girl” and “Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan,” which traces the interwoven stories of the Anishinaabek tribe, European colonizers and the role native wild rice has had in shaping their shared histories. Barton also travels the state as a public speaker – and sometimes folk musician – continuing the oral traditions that have informed her research and writing. Barton has an master’s degree in ecology from Eastern Michigan University and a bachelor’s in wildlife management from Michigan State University.

“Manoomin” won a 2020 Choice Outstanding Academic Title (American Library Association), a 2019 Michigan Notable Book Award and a 2018 Michigan History Award in the University Press/Commercial Press category.

“Digging into the past, reviving a plant species, sharing in Native traditions – this is Barb Barton’s fascinating look at wild rice in Michigan! The cultural awareness that Barton brings to her research lends itself to show a more well-rounded view of her subject. Part science, part history, part adventure, Barton’s book on Manoomin is a fascinating read and should not be missed! And her story is even better when you hear it in person!”
~Emily Clare, program director, Cheboygan Area Public Library

FEE: Included with the price of admission.

1801 Atwater Street, Detroit, Michigan, 48207
Event Date

Start: March 12, 2023 1:30 PM

End: March 12, 2023 2:30 PM

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Outdoor Adventure Center

Member benefit early seating: 1:15-1:30 p.m. Open seating: 1:30 p.m.

Celebrate “March is Reading Month” and Michigan’s natural and cultural heritage with us! Barb Barton, local author and singer-songwriter, will share her experiences as an artist, scientist and wild food forager through story and song. Barb’s focus will be the ecology, role and importance of our native wild rice beds and the uncertain future of this amazing plant.

In her presentation Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan, Barb will introduce us to the history, culture, biology, economics and spirituality surrounding this sacred plant. She begins her story in the days before European colonization and travels in time through the logging and industrialization eras. Barb explores the worlds of the Anishinaabek and the colonizers as she contrasts their different perspectives and relationships with manoomin. The audience learns about Michigan’s historic wild rice beds, why many of them vanished and how both tribal and nontribal people have sought to restore and protect manoomin across the landscape. Attendees will also learn how manoomin is harvested and processed.

Barb Barton is the author of the books “The Amazing Adventures of a Midwestern Girl” and “Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan,” which traces the interwoven stories of the Anishinaabek tribe, European colonizers and the role native wild rice has had in shaping their shared histories. Barton also travels the state as a public speaker – and sometimes folk musician – continuing the oral traditions that have informed her research and writing. Barton has an master’s degree in ecology from Eastern Michigan University and a bachelor’s in wildlife management from Michigan State University.

“Manoomin” won a 2020 Choice Outstanding Academic Title (American Library Association), a 2019 Michigan Notable Book Award and a 2018 Michigan History Award in the University Press/Commercial Press category.

“Digging into the past, reviving a plant species, sharing in Native traditions – this is Barb Barton’s fascinating look at wild rice in Michigan! The cultural awareness that Barton brings to her research lends itself to show a more well-rounded view of her subject. Part science, part history, part adventure, Barton’s book on Manoomin is a fascinating read and should not be missed! And her story is even better when you hear it in person!”
~Emily Clare, program director, Cheboygan Area Public Library

FEE: Included with the price of admission.