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Menominee Agricultural Practices, Historical Perceptions and Late Prehistoric Reality


A Virtual Conference


Presented by the College of Menominee Nation’s Sustainable Development Institute and our research partners

Winter 2021, from Keshena, Wisconsin



Virtual Conference

For more than 20 years the Menominee Historic Preservation Department, the College of Menominee Nation, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Midwest Ethnohorticulture LLC, and others have been collaborating on a renewed series of studies about ancient Menominee garden systems. In 2020 we planned a field conference for a public tour of the ancient garden sites and to share results and impressions from research participants and invited speakers. However, the coronavirus pandemic prevented us from holding a safe gathering, so we cancelled the conference.


To reach out to the public with our findings anyway, we have turned instead to a virtual conference with recorded presentations available online. Here you will find videos of the presentations you otherwise would have heard in person. CMN Interim President Caldwell welcomes you to our conference, Dr. Overstreet and his partners each highlight aspects of the work here and how these ancient gardens are being studied, and Dr. Hoover wraps things up with a keynote address about the state of the Indigenous Food Sovereignty Movement today. We invite you to register and watch these videos at your leisure. Afterwards, please let us hear your impressions of these ancient gardens of the Menominee ancestors and of our ongoing work there.



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CMN Interim President Chris Caldwell


A History of Ancient Gardens Research on the Menominee Reservation

Dr. David F. Overstreet


Furrows Beneath the Forest Ancestral Menominee Agriculture and Its Implications for the MITW Food Sovereignty Initiative

Dr. William Gartner


Settlement and Seasonal Movement of Wolf River Tradition Populations in Wisconsin's Northern Highland

Mark E. Bruhy


Settlement and Seasonal Movement of Wolf River Tradition Populations in Wisconsin's Northern Highland

Katie Egan-Bruhy (Written paper)



Identity and Dinner: The Interpretive Potential of Plant Macroremains

Jennifer Picard


What Can Biochar Research Tell Us About Charcoal in Ancient Gardens?

Jessica Miesel


Microbial Diversity in Maize Intercrop Systems

Daniel Hayden


Cultural Resource Protection on the Menominee Reservation

Jeff Grignon


Landscape Scale and Aerial Imagery Approaches to Finding Fields

Madeline McLeester


The Seed has Sprouted: Agriculture at College of Menominee Nation

Frank Kutka


Keynote: Community Farming, Gardening and Food Sovereignty in Indian Country

Dr. Elizabeth Hoover



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