MIIJIM: TRADITIONAL FOODS OF THE ANISHINAABEG
The Anishinaabeg believe that the Creator placed all things, including the Anishinaabeg themselves, upon the earth. He is the Great Provider and all that comes from the earth and the water is a gift to his people, and all that is provided is all that is needed.
In return for the abundance of gifts, the Creator has placed a responsibility of safekeeping upon the Anishinaabeg – gimiinigoowizimin gaaganawendang – as “keepers of the gifts.”
This foundational belief informs the Anishinaabeg relationship to the traditional foods they enjoy.
This exhibit, done in partnership with Iskatewizaagegan No. 39 Independent First Nation and the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Manitoba, focuses on miijim – food – and its importance to the body, mind, soul and heart of the Anishinaabeg.