manoomin camp & cook-off

September 12 & 13, 2019  •  With Bizhiki Culture & Dance Company

This year, Manoomin Camp returns to teach our students about our ancestors’ traditional ways of harvesting Manoomin (wild rice), how we keep those traditions alive and the helpful innovations that have been made. Our 7th & 8th grade students will also learn about “canoemin” or canoe safety, including how to use wooden ricing sticks (knockers) when on the water, gathering wild rice into a canoe.

What we’ll learn: Parching, winnowing, dancing, songs, cleaning the rice, how to make ricing knockers, and how to preserve manoomin for cooking – plus, a manoomin cook-off and meal!


  • Who’s eligible to enter: ICS alumni and family members (age 16+), Milwaukee Native community members and/or Native agencies.
  • Entries to include: Hot and cold manoomin dishes can be entered in the cook-off.
  • Cook-off schedule: 4:00-4:30 pm drop off; 4:30-5:15 pm tasting; 5:30 pm judging; a meal will follow.
  • Prizes: Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.
  • Judging criteria: The E.A.T Method (E stands for Execution of the dish, A stands for Appearance, T stands for Taste).


For more information, please contact Audra Williams in Our Ways by calling (414) 525-6144 or by emailing her at