Potawatomi began eating wild rice after settling around the Great Lakes between 800 and 1,300 years ago. It was a staple of their diet and society, and harvest and processing it required everyone’s participation.
A cabin built by South Bend’s first European settler, Pierre Navarre, sits in northern Indian. As a fur trader and American Fur Company agent, Navarre built relationships with the Potawatomi and married Kis-naw-kwe, the daughter of a Potawatomi headman.
Potawatomi headmen like Chief Ashkum (More and More) addressed crowds on behalf of the Potawatomi during Manifest Destiny, bringing to light the long-term, negative implications of losing the land and connection to the Great Lakes region.
CPN community garden Gtegemen (We Grow It) assistant Kaya DeerInWater educates Tribal members about natural ingredients Potawatomi ancestors ate and used as medicine, and this guide features plants that claim spring as their natural harvesting period.