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Nitaa N'Minozwaananig Giigoonhyag (We Cook Fish Well)

This year, Zingerman's Roadhouse owner Ari Weinzweig and Chef Alex Young traveled to Bkejwanong's Walpole Island to learn how the Anishinaabeg there prepare ogaawag (walleye). The Tooshkenig family and Reta Sands welcomed the Zingerman's crew and shared their preparation style. Chef Young then brought his new skills back to Zingerman's and the Roadhouse Crew for their "2nd Annual Native American Dinner: Traditions of the Native Peoples of the Michigan Territory."

This dinner was a way to explore the history and culinary traditions of the Anishinaabe peoples in the Great Lakes Region and learn how those traditions live among the people today. The menu highlighted the history and foodways of the Great Lakes during the early years of the republic (when the entire region was known as the Michigan Territory) and there were presentations, questions and answers with special guests, and University of Michigan Professors, Margaret Noodin, Michael Witgen, Howard Kimewon and Phil Deloria.

To make the event a true language experience, Noongwa e-Anishinaabemjig has created an interactive slideshow gallery of what took place on Walpole Island. You can look, listen and experience the walleye preparation for yourself. We have also provided the Zingerman's Dinner menu and links to other resources.

Interactive Gallery: Click on any image to launch the gallery. The story was read by Margaret Noodin and Howard Kimewon. If you have Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer you can play the audio for each image.

Nitaa N'Minozwaananig Giigoonhyag by Howard Kimewon, Reta Sands and Margaret Noodin Fish on ice Gutting the fish Deboning the fish
He threw the bones out Alex tries to copy Tom Crumbe the cornflakes
Roll the fish in the ingredients Dip the fish into egg
Coat the fish in cornflakes Get the temperature right the fish is crispy Reta Sands and Margaret Noori enjoy the walleye
Brita Brookes took a photo of everyone Photos by Brita Brookes and Technical Development by Stacie Sheldon and Randy Yarger
Giishpin gwa pane anishinaabemoying...Ingoding gwa giishigag kina kaa Anishinaabemowin. If we all speak Anishinaabemowin...one day everyone will speak Anishinaabemowin
2013 Noongwa e-Anishinaabemjig